World football’s governing body FIFA last month week entered the digital sports streaming business with the launch of the FIFA+ platform.
The streaming platform has just announced that the feature-length documentary Croatia: Defining A Nation will stream on the platform from 30 May 2022.
The film is an intimate portrayal of how the power of football helped unite a nation during the extreme adversity of Croatia’s fight for political independence during the 1990s.
It charts Croatia’s journey off the pitch, as well as a group of players whose lives became inextricably linked with the birth of a nation through great success on it.
Featuring in-depth interviews with a host of former Croatian national team players who became synonymous with this period in football and political history, including Igor Štimac, Slaven Bilić and Zvonimir Boban.
The film is brought to FIFA+ by acclaimed director Louis Myles (Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football, Liverpool FC: The 30-Year Wait), alongside producers Mark Pougatch and Ana Muhar Blanquart, David Kempshall and James Craggs.
Speaking on the film, Louis Myles said: “Telling this story was so important and the journey in making it alongside the FIFA+ team has been incredible. It is a tale rich and deep in adversity, but one also full of hope and optimism. I hope the world gets to experience it and learn how the heroics of a small group of brave individuals created a blueprint for all that followed them.”
FIFA+ Commissioning Editor, James Abraham, added: “The purpose of the FIFA+ Originals content is to bring the game of football and its untold stories to life. Croatia: Defining A Nation is one such story which does exactly that and is a brilliant demonstration of the power of football to unite.”
Croatia: Defining A Nation will be available across all web and mobile devices on the FIFA+ platform. It will be available at launch in five language editions (English, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese).
Watch the trailer below:
FIFA+ earlier announced the 8-parr series Captains from Fulwell 73 that follows captains from six teams – Brazil, Croatia, Gabon, Vanuatu, Jamaica and Lebanon – as they lead their squads through the qualifying rounds for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. No date has been announced yet for that.