Poland has never been a soccer powerhouse. But at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, they became something even bigger.
In 1982, Poland was under martial law: censorship, troops on the streets, prisons overflowing with members of the political opposition. It was a dark time.
But Poles found the glimmering light coming from their TV sets as they watched their team that summer to be a bit of salvation. No wonder it was nicknamed “the best TV series of martial law Poland.”
Fans around the world marveled at the goals scored by Boniek and Smolarek, the extraordinary agility of Lato, Kupcewicz and Buncol, the spectacular goalkeeper parades of Młynarczyk. And for a brief moment, the game let everyone in Poland forgot the bleak reality of their life.
By combining an impressive array of archival footage with present-day interviews, Mundial. The Highest Stakes relates the fascinating, untold story of sport and politics in the aberrant period.
via: Kicking + Screening