5 Things We Want to See in Goal 4 as Kuno Becker Reveals He Has Written New Script

May 11, 2020, 4:03 PM GMT+1
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31st Deauville Film Festival - Premiere for "Goal" | Francois Durand/Getty Images
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Huge news from the world of stage and screen. Kuno Becker, aka Santiago Munez from the beloved Goal! franchise, has written a script for a fourth film.

The first two films were hugely popular, following Munez on his rags to riches story, as he step over-ed and pirouetted his way from the dusty pitches of LA all the way to Real Madrid via Newcastle.

However, Goal III was 'a piece of sh*t' - Becker's words, not mine - with his character barely featuring as we instead follow the journeys of two random, fictional England players to the 2006 World Cup. And neither one of them were even Gavin Harris.

Kuno Becker
31st Deauville Film Festival - Premiere for "Goal" | Francois Durand/Getty Images

But Becker has taken it upon himself to redeem the the franchise, and in an interview with SPORTbible, revealed that he and a team of writers have penned Goal 4.

"I wrote the Goal 4 movie because I think it's a beautiful story. It picks up Santi as a trainer and it's a life lesson about failure and success," Becker said.

"I think it's very moving and so do the people around me that I worked with."

The movie is still a way from getting the green light just yet, with Becker conceding that issues over rights are currently a sticking point...y'know, that and worldwide lockdown.

But we need a flicker of hope to get us through lockdown. So what would we want to see in Goal IV should it get the go ahead that we are all craving?

Some Realistic Football Action

The Goal films are classics, there's no doubting that, but what does let them down is the football side of things. Which isn't ideal for a football film.

There's no such thing as a scrappy finish in Goal or Goal II. If it's not an acrobatic volley, a free kick from 35 yards out or a jinking run featuring seven Maradona turns, then the director isn't interested.

It's certainly not the only sports film guilty of this, so what we would love to see in Goal IV would be some proper, genuine, realistic football action. A sideways pass, a hopeless long ball, a scuffed finish at the back post.

We want Stoke on a cold Tuesday night stuff. Except watchable...

More A-Lister Cameos

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'Goal!' World Premiere - Arrivals | Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

Where the films lacks in watchable football action, they more than make up for in an unbelievable assortment of world class footballing cameos.

From David Beckham to Alan Shearer, Zinedine Zidane to Titus Bramble, the very best footballing talent from the early 2000s crop up at some point.

Leonardo Di Caprio had to wait until 2016 to finally win an Oscar. Spare a thought for Iker Casillas, who is still waiting despite his flawless performance as Iker Casillas on the phone in Goal 2.

For Goal IV we want the top class cameos to keep on coming. Sergio Ramos, Luca Modric, Allan Saint-Maximin, book February off lads, you're going to the Oscars.

Post-Takeover Newcastle United

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Newcastle United v Everton FC - Premier League | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Newcastle were the club that took a chance on Munez, and will always have a place in the Mexican's heart. Becker says film four is about his character's journey into coaching, so surely the mothership will call him home.

Newcastle's incoming owners are going to want a big name managerial appointment, so who better to take over from Steve Bruce than fan favourite Santiago Munez?

Watching Munez deal with the questions over the controversial Saudi Arabia takeover, while simultaneously attempting to assemble a squad that will likely include Philippe Coutinho, James Rodriguez and Matty Longstaff will be quite the baptism of fire and will make for great cinema.

Post #MeToo Gavin Harris

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Cheeky chappy Gavin Harris was Munez's strike partner at Newcastle United, before also earning a big-money move to Real Madrid (despite being 29 and by all accounts not actually an especially good footballer).

Harris was a tabloid journalist's dream, towing the footballer-playboy lifestyle line very finely. He certainly wasn't spending time with women for their enlightening conversation or opinions on the crisis in the Middle East.

Fifteen years on from the first film, Harris' antics probably wouldn't be welcome in a post #MeToo movement society.

In Goal IV, will his lifestyle have caught up with him? Will he be a new man, swept up by feminism and binge watching The Handmaid's Tale? Or will he be reminiscing about the good old days of partying and Page 3, and breaking lockdown rules with his new best mate Kyle Walker?

Glen Foy Gets the Recognition He Deserves

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There's one man without whom Munez's journey would not be possible. Glen Foy (aka Stannis Baratheon from HBO's Game of Thrones) scouted him, persuaded Newcastle to give him a second chance, put a roof over his head and then burnt him at the stake in pursuit of the Iron Throne. Oh wait, that's not right.

Anyway, quite frankly Munez owes Foy his career.

He is grateful towards Glen in the first film when he's still a nice, innocent and earnest young man, but come film number two when the fame and money gets to his head, Munez treats poor Glen pretty disgracefully.

In the fourth film we want Glen Foy to get the respect he deserves. A deep dive article from The Athletic at the very least, but a six part Amazon Prime documentary is what we're really aiming for.

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