By Gavin Gibbon
Career of Argentinian footballing legend Diego Maradona told by Oscar-winning director Asif Kapadia
OSN may have got rid of its sports channels earlier this year but the entertainment network is set to score with football fans as it prepares to broadcast the new Diego Maradona documentary.
Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, the documentary, directed by Asif Kapadia, centres on the career of celebrated football player Diego Armando Maradona and how a poor Argentinian boy became one of the greatest and most controversial footballers of the 1980s.
A British venture, the film was produced by On The Corner Film, in association with Film 4.
Diego Maradona centres around the time Maradona transferred from FC Barcelona to S.S.C. Napoli on July 5, 1984, for a world-record fee. The world's most celebrated football icon and the most passionate but dangerous city in Europe were a perfect match for each other.
It covers his life here before he eventually went on to win Serie A and the 1988–89 UEFA Cup with the Italian team.
Not just for the die-hard sports fans, filmmaker Kapadia, who won an Oscar for the documentary ‘Amy’, manages to create a documentary that also appeals to the masses.
Diego Maradona grossed over AED4 million when it was released in the UK Box Office and over AED5m in other territories for a total worldwide gross of almost AED10 m.
The documentary, which starts Saturday, December 7 at 8pm KSA/9pm UAE, is available as part of Reality Check, a segment on the OSN News Channel.