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New film to document UAE's 1990 FIFA World Cup story

New film to document UAE's 1990 FIFA World Cup story

The region celebrates the iconic game


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The impressive story of the UAE’s historic qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy is set be told in a new documentary film from Image Nation Abu Dhabi

Shooting is about to begin on one of the UAE'S newest projects, featuring everyone who took the country to glory, from the players and coaches to the fans and journalists who followed the football team on the road to Italia '90.

In addition, Image Nation is also asking the public to participate in making the film, by telling their own stories and sharing their memories, which will become an important part of the documentary.

FIFA UAE story

"A huge factor in deciding to make this documentary is our ability to tell properly of the most important events in UAE Sports history," stated Image Nation Chairman Mohammed Al Mubarak.

"This is completely different from any other project we have produced. We have assembled a world-class team to bring the story to life and can't wait to start hearing anecdotes from the public so they too can be involved in the filming process... This is not only about producing a really entertaining film, but will also serve as a historical document that finally details the legacy of what those players achieved for both UAE and Middle East football."

FIFA UAE story

The UAE reached the 1990 World Cup in October 1989, when they won an incredibly dramatic match against Asia in a qualifying competition in Singapore.

Given little hope against strong teams such as China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Korea and North Korea, the Emirati team has since made history  known as  the 'golden generation'.

The film, which will combine archive footage, interviews and new on-location shots, is being led by acclaimed creative producer Stevan Riley (Fire in Babylon) and UAE-based director Nizar Sfair. 

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