John Cleese – American Football Versus Soccer

From John Cleese’s new show called the Art of Football. Cleese also does a piece on understanding the offside rule in soccer.

The synopsis of the show:

“The Art of Football” stars England’s best comedian John Cleese. As a passionate football fan himself, Cleese takes us through the art of football with more laughs a minute than you’d ever expect regardless of the type of sport.

It is an exciting journey through the creative world of football, an entertaining, instructional look into a sport that draws a larger crowd than the Olympics. More money than Hollywood. More media coverage than any politician.

The film explores the different facets of football and the arts. Creatively and artistically. Director Hermann Vaske talked to football legends like Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Michel Platini, Kaká and Thierry Henry as well as referee-legend Pierluigi Collina.

Alongside the athletes, several artists, musicians and politicians also get to share their thoughts on the art of football. Wim Wenders follows football with the same enthusiasm as the actors Keith Allen and Dennis Hopper. Tony Kaye, Dave Stewart and Henry Kissinger are big football fans. As Arsenal’s coach Arsène Wenger notes: “Football is a branch of creativity, a branch of the arts.”

“The Art of Football” paints a humorous, ironic picture of the sport. The film proves that football is a creative art form, overcoming all language barriers regardless of geography.