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WILD SOCCER BUNCH, THE (WILDEN KERLE, DIE)

WILD SOCCER BUNCH, THE
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School’s out and, for a motley crew of carefree six-to-ten-year olds, soccer ‘rules’! These kids are convinced they’re the local dream team and there’s nothing they love more than kicking it up a notch. ‘If you want to be cool, you got to be wild’.

But this vacation brings them more than their fair share of bad luck. There’s the relentless rain which turns their field into a sea of mud. They have to deal with parents who simply don’t appreciate their love of the game. And when the sun finally does come out, their pitch has been taken over by a gang of boys who are older, bigger, rougher and just plain mean. Even though they don’t stand a chance, the boys challenge them to a match to settle the matter. Now all they have to do is win.

They talk Willy, a down-on-his-luck ex-soccer pro, into being their trainer and he works wonders with them. But just when it looks as if they might actually pull it off, egos flare and the boys start fighting among themselves. When you’re hot, you’re hot and when you’re not, you’re not. Everything that could possibly go wrong, does. They fire Willy and things get even worse. And then there’s the girl – a girl – who’s determined to play on their side.

But are they going to let it all get them down? No way. Win or lose, they’re going to give it their best shot. ‘If you want to be cool, you got to be wild’.


Joachim Masannek was born in 1960 in Hamm and studied German, Philosophy, and Film in Munich. Since 1985, he has worked as a production designer, lighting technician, cameraman and author. After working on various animation projects, he wrote the children's book Die Wilden Fussballkerle based on the soccer team he founded in Munich. His films include: numerous short films and TV movies, all of the award-winning THE WILD SOCCER BUNCH films, both V8 films, and LITTLE MISS DOLITTLE.
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Joachim Masannek
Screenplay Joachim Masannek
Cinematography Sonja Rom
Alexander Berner
Winfried Hennig
Cast Rufus Beck, Cornelia Froboess, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Raban Bieling, Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht
Production Company SamFilm
Length 94 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Giffoni 2004
Awards The White Elephant 2003, Bavarian Film Award 2003, Golden Gryphon Giffoni 2004
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BayerischenBankenFonds
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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