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???I Have a Team to Save??? Directed by Haim Shadmi

FC Supporters are invited to Haim Shadmi’s free showing of his film "I Have a Team to Save" at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Chatham Tower room 303 on Lower Ormond Street, close to the BBC at 11.30am on Tuesday, November 10th. Following the 50 minute film, Haim will be talking about its making and its message.

Haim’s poignant comedy deals with the issue of fans confronting big business interests taking over football. The difference is that this film focuses on football supporters in Israel.

Garage worker and Maccabi Tel Aviv supporter, Uri Mashiah, lives in Israel, has a passion for his team but feels it is underperforming because its billionaire owner is simply using it as a vehicle for his business interests. He realises that all the things he loved about supporting Maccabi have all but gone.

Uri tries to start up a campaign against the commercialisation of football. He believes that if fans all over the world carried out an international boycott one weekend then those running and ruining the game would start to listen. He produces some fliers, goes to a match and calls on Maccabi fans to boycott the game but with little success.

Undeterred, he seeks inspiration from fans abroad and decides to travel to Europe for the first time in his life. He visits supporters of Fiorentina before moving on to Britain. His quest takes him to Anfield, only to find disillusionment there. Finally, he is advised that he will find what he is looking for at FC United - a true supporter-owned and run club. He finds his ideal amongst the fans at Gigg Lane.

Haim, who also writes for the radical newspaper, Haaretz, will discuss the film and the issues facing Arab and Israeli football fans in the country.

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First Posted ~ 17:33 Mon 2 Nov 2009
News ID ~ 2515
Last Updated ~ 12:56 Mon 21 May 2018