Michael Caine, South African football fan, Colin Firth
Whether you like it or not, the 2010 World Cup is here and will be taking over your life - fact. But never fear, we have an alternative. In an effort to embrace this occasion and couple it with your raving passion for cinema we came up with the first ever... Moviefone Football Film World Cup. Catchy title, huh?

Basically, the aim of our tournament is to find the greatest football movie ever made - and it's up to YOU to pick the winner. Find out how - and see Escape to Victory take on Fever Pitch - after the jump...
Michael Caine, South African football fan, Colin Firth
Whether you like it or not, the 2010 World Cup is here and will be taking over your life - fact. But never fear, we have an alternative. In an effort to embrace this occasion and couple it with your raving passion for cinema we came up with the first ever... Moviefone Football Film World Cup. Catchy title, huh?

Basically, the aim of our tournament is to find the greatest football movie ever made - and it's up to YOU to pick the winner.

So how does it work? Well, we've selected 16 football movies from the archives and over the next week or so intend to pitch each one against each other allowing you to vote for your favourite to go through to the next round. As in the normal World Cup, we work our way through quarter-finals and semi-finals to end up with the big final .

To speed things up a bit we're going straight into the knock-out round stage with eight matches - and we have a battle of the giants to kick things off. Remember, just vote for your favourite of the two films below and the winner will make it into the quarter-finals in a fortnights time. Oh, and get back here on Monday when two more footie films will battle it out. Good luck everyone!


Match 1.
Fever Pitch vs Escape to Victory


Fever Pitch (1997)
An adaption of Nick Hornby's best-selling book about an Arsenal fanatic (Colin Firth) as he struggles to juggle a blossoming romance with the long term love of his team as they battle through the ups and down's of their 1989/90 season.

Escape to Victory (1981)
Best known as 'that film with Pele and Rambo in it', this World War II-set actioner follows the events of when the Nazi propaganda machine decides it would boost moral for an all star Nazi team to take on a group of Allied prisoners of war in a football match in occupied Paris. The Allies, however, use the game as part of an elaborate escape plan.