June 6, 2018 Heather Pastorini
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HISTORY VAULT™ TO FEATURE HISTORY OF SOCCER ON ALL PLATFORMS FROM JUNE 8 – JULY 20 TO SPAN THE MEN’S 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP

HISTORY VAULT™ TO FEATURE HISTORY OF SOCCER ON ALL PLATFORMS FROM JUNE 8 – JULY 20 TO SPAN THE MEN’S 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP

NEW YORK, June 5, 2018 – HISTORY Vault™, HISTORY’s direct-to-consumer subscription video on demand service, will host the HISTORY OF SOCCER – a collection of 15 videos, 12+ hours of content that takes an in-depth look at the impact of men’s soccer as well as sporting events that made soccer luminaries and players such as Pelé, Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane, Villa, Rummenigge, Matthäus and Müller. The content will be available prior to the men’s 2018 FIFA World Cup exclusively on all HISTORY Vault platforms – historyvault.com, the App Store, Amazon, Google Play, Roku, Comcast Xfinity starting June 8.

“Soccer is an incredibly universal sport that touches people of all ages and backgrounds – both in the US and around the world,” said Sean Cohan, President, International and Digital Media, A+E Networks. “Sports – especially at the highest level – often yield great stories. We aim to provide HISTORY fans with fascinating content and a unique viewing experience with HISTORY OF SOCCER. HISTORY Vault is a unique platform to feature this content and will be sure to get FIFA World Cup viewers fired up for game time.”

As part of the programming event, HISTORY VAULT will exclusively feature HISTORY’s slate of original, globally-focused premium documentary series, complemented by a careful curation of films from previous FIFA World Cups.

GLOBAL ORIGINALS
At the heart of HISTORY OF SOCCER are global, original, premium series, including:

Greatest Moments (5 x 60’) chronicles the teams and players in recent FIFA World Cup history, whose skills and achievements transcended their sport to represent something far greater to fans and non-fans alike and fueled the sport’s unstoppable growth into the commercial behemoth we know today.  Episodes include: 1. Pele, Argentina and the Dictators; 2. Return to Turin: Italia 90; 3. The Three Musketeers: France 98; 4. Bring Me the Head of Diego Armando Maradona; and 5. Seven Goals That Shook the World. Each reveals the stories behind football’s most incredible and significant moments with the players, coaches and fans who made them happen. Episodes 1, 2 and 3 are produced by Goalhanger Films; 4 and 5 are produced by North One Television.

Godfathers (5 x 60’) presents five powerful documentaries delving into the minds and strategies of the world’s greatest and most revered club managers, revealing how they rose - often from relatively undistinguished playing careers - to become the global superstars of the sport we know today. Each of the five titans of our modern game is profiled in an intimate and honest portrayal of their achievements, both on and off the field using archival and interview material with the people and players who know them best.  Produced by Zig Zag Productions.

Head to Head (5 x 30’) matches up the greatest players of yesteryear with the greatest of today, to find out once and for all, who is the greatest of them all.  Every generation has an opinion on who is the world’s greatest player. For the older generation, it’s Pelé, Puskas, Eusebio, Di Stéfano or Charlton. For today’s generation, it’s all about Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi or David Villa vs. Thomas Müller.  And for those of us in between, it’s a discussion of the respective talents of Maradona, Zidane, Gullit or Van Basten. With an expert panel of World Cup players and winners, and using hard science of statistics, as well as the romance of style and passion, this series will set out to resolve the most vexing question in sport.  Produced by Goalhanger Films.

About HISTORY VAULT
HISTORY Vault™, HISTORY’s first direct-to-consumer subscription video on demand service, is designed for information junkies, history lovers, and HISTORY fans, offering a broad array of curated collections to satisfy their curiosity with entertaining streaming content. 

ABOUT A+E NETWORKS
A+E Networks® is a global content company comprised of some of the most popular and culturally relevant brands in media including A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, Lifetime Movies, FYI™, VICELAND®, Blaze™ and Crime+Investigation®.  A+E Networks’ portfolio extends across platforms and genres, with a long-form production division, A+E Studios™; film division, A&E IndieFilms®; full-service digital storytelling hub, 45th & Dean™; strategic investment division, A+E Ventures™; and A+E Digital®, encompassing watch apps, games and SVOD initiatives including Lifetime Movie Club and HISTORY Vault. A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 335 million households in over 200 territories in 42 languages. A+E Networks has offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and Singapore. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst.  Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aenetworks and Facebook at facebook.com/AENetworks

 

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