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119,470. The World Cup has started. England’s group is Tunisia, Panama and Belgium. And it’s going to be amazing to see a country that denies women basic human rights, a country haunted by paedophile scandals, and a morally bankrupt tax haven playing against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium. Frankie Boyle’s New World Order s2e6, BBC 2018
118,988. This year Russia will host the World Cup for its first time … Relations between Russia and Britain are so bad that nothing I can say or do could possible make them any worse. Is the lie I told BBC commissioners. (Russia & Football) Frankie Boyle, Frankie Goes to Russia, BBC 2018
118,989. They’re [Russia] currently ranked 65th in the world. (Russia & Football) ibid.
118,990. In 2010 U2 played the Luzhniki stadium in front of 85,000 people, making it one of the worst human rights abuses in Russian history. (Russia & Football & Human Rights) ibid.
118,991. The 2018 World Cup will be one of the greatest triumphs of Putin’s first 200 years in office. (Russia & Football) ibid.
119,202. Ever since Russia was awarded the World Cup in 2010 there has been controversy about whether it deserves to host the biggest sporting tournament on Earth. (Football & Russia) Frankie Goes to Russia e2
119,203. ‘Of course we have hooligans, Frankie, and they all have been brought up on this old of English football back in the ’70s and the ’80s.’ (Football & Russia) ibid. Spartak owner
75,297. Essex 1995: What the fuck's he doing in the motor with Tony and Pat? (Football & GBH Films & Murder) The Hooligan Factory 2014 starring Jason Maza & Nick Nevern & Tom Burke & Ray Fearon & Steven O'Donnell & Morgan Watkins & Josef Altin & Leo Gregory & Keith-Lee Castle & Ronnie Fox & Ian Lavender & Danny Dyer et al, director Nick Nevern, opening scene
75,298. It was only the beginning. But before the pills and the clubs, the birds the booze, the torture and the tracksuits, there was football. And more importantly football-related violence. Cause as far back as I could remember I wanted to be a hooligan. (Football & GBH Films) ibid. commentary
75,299. It was like a family. And he introduced me to everyone. (Football & GBH Films & Family) ibid.
75,300. In fact, I think he was the only black hooligan. (Football & GBH Films) ibid.
89,255. When I was younger, I had some close friends who always loved European football, and Real Madrid at that time were the dominant force. I remember family holidays when we used to go to Spain, and we'd bring back replica shirts of Real Madrid and pretend to be the players when we played in the park. (Spain & Football) Gareth Bale
89,878. The streets where I live football is like a religion. (GBH Films & Football) One Night in Istanbul 2014 starring Steven Waddington & Paul Barber & Lucien Laviscount & Samantha Womack & Gamze Seber & Ingvar Eggert Sigurosson & Mark Womack & Natasha Jones et al, director James Marquand
89,879. More chance of finding Jerry Adams in a Rangers kit. (GBH Films & Football) ibid.
90,123. The growing popularity of female football ... Women’s teams were banned. (Suffragette & Rights & Women & Equality & Feminine & Football) Amanda Vickery, Suffragettes: Forever! The Story of Women and Power III
95,448. As well as a revenue-raising post, the Transnistrian border acts as a time machine. As you enter Tiraspol, Lenin rises on a pillar in front of the parliament building ... that unforgettable Soviet combination of boredom and exhaustion etched on their faces as they drudge along the bare streets. The vision of this social anachronism doubles the shock on arrival at the astonishing home of FC Sheriff Tiraspol. (Transnistria & Football) Misha Glenny, McMafia
95,449. The Sheriff complex has two full-sized soccer stadia, an arena ... a five-pitch training ground ... I have never seen so sophisticated a training and playing complex ... there is even a Mercedes car showroom in the grounds. (Transnistria & Football) ibid.
97,360. Australia 31 American Samoa 0. Next Goal Wins 2014 starring Thomas Rongen & Jaijah Saelua & Nicky Salapu et al, directors Mike Brett & Steve Jamison, Sky Select 2014, opening scene football match
97,361. More than a decade later the team lies bottom of Fifa’s world rankings. They have lost every official match they have ever played. ibid.
97,362. The team are now preparing for the South Pacific Games. It is their first tournament in four years. ibid.
97,363. ‘They needed nine goals today. You gave them only eight. It’s a step. These are steps, steps all going in the right direction.’ ibid. dressing room pick-me-up
97,364. ‘A goal wins for us.’ ibid. star
97,365. After her surprise selection, Jaiyah is about to make history – she will be the first transgender player ever to start a World Cup qualifying game. ibid.
97,366. ‘It’s a goal for American Somoa! … It’s another goal for American Samoa! …’ ibid.
97,367. American Somoa 2-1 Tonga. ibid.
40,970. Meet here after the game, all right? Hillsborough, ITV 2016, father to daughters
95,697. Repeat: You’ve got to open the gate or someone will be killed. ibid. Leppings’ Lane rozzer
33,005. ‘Do something – my daughters are in that pen.’ ibid. father
33,006. Where are the ambulances? ibid. rozzer on pitch
36,198. They’d been no basic medical equipment around … People died who might have been saved. ibid. father
41,016. They did not think of us as people – they think of us as scum. ibid.
33,007. I’ll never come to terms with what happened next. ibid.
63,469. A blunder of the first magnitude. ibid. TV reporting of Taylor Report
76,933. I want justice for my son. ibid. father #2
33,003. He won’t take evidence about anything that happened after 3.15 on that day. ibid. families’ solicitor
40,880. Only fourteen people got to the hospital. ibid. father #3
33,009. Fifteen to twenty pints per person. ibid. rozzer’s evidence at Inquest
32,999. No-one opened the gate … I was begging the officer for help. ibid. fan’s evidence at Inquest
32,434. April 15th 1989 FA Cup Semi-Final Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest. Hillsborough, BBC 2016, caption
58,798. ‘An officer with no experience of policing Hillsborough is given the job.’ ibid.
78,694. ‘There seemed to be a big gap – a big black hole, a big nothingness – coming from the police control room.’ ibid.
32,494. ‘The lie becomes defining … The myth begins with the lie.’ ibid. victim
32,495. 12 people were pronounced dead at hospital. All other deceased were taken to Hillsborough Stadium’s gymnasium. ibid. caption
97,834. ‘A chief inspector is saying don’t bother putting anything in your pocket book.’ ibid. rozzer
97,835. Friends and family searching for their loved ones were directed to a Boys’ Club opposite Hammerton Road Police Station in Sheffield and told to wait. ibid. caption
97,836. 93 people died and over 400 received hospital treatment from injuries sustained at Hillsborough Stadium on April 15th 1989. Within days, two more people succumbed to their injuries, bringing the total dead to 95. ibid.
81,740. ‘I would like to be a dictator.’ (Football & Dictator) Jimmy Hill: A Man for All Seasons, BBC 2016, Jimmy
97,866. It was all about scrapping the minimum wage. ibid.
55,919. It’s 1966. Fifty years ago. And England are celebrating … on top of the footballing world … This is the story of a bunch of working-class lads, their unlikely boss, and a spirit that conquered the world. World Cup 1966: Alfie’s Boys
55,925. Speculation was rife about who did or who did not deserve to be part of this great venture. ibid.