Football and film: the perfect combo kicks off in Abu Dhabi

The Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival sees football documentaries from all over the world shown in the UAE capital. March 12, 2015

Ask any man what his 10 favourite things in the world are, and the chances are, football and film will both feature somewhere on that list. So it's pretty safe to say that the organisers of this weekend's Abu Dhabi Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival are on to a winner.

Opening tonight, Thursday March 12, the global festival, which began in 2009 and has previously hosted events in New York, London, Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro, will showcase the best football-themed films from all over the world. Fans of Manchester City, Liverpool, Queens Park Rangers and even the tiny island nation of Tuvalu will all be treated to documentaries and features centered around their teams, plus there's plenty for football fans of every persuasion to get their teeth into.

Hosted at New York University Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Campus, tickets for all the screenings and a photography exhibition featuring the images of filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu, are free to all. Here's the timetable for the weekend's events:

Thursday, March 12

Blue Moon Rising
Diving into the trials and tribulations of being a football fan, Blue Moon Rising follows five devoted Manchester City supporters through the 2009-10 Premier League season - the first after the club was taken over by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan and transformed into a footballing superpower.

Friday, March 13

One for the kids, Will is the heart-warming story of a young Liverpool fan who stops at nothing to achieve his dream of watching his team in the 2005 Champions League final. It even has cameo appearances from Liverpool legends Kenny Dalglish and Steven Gerrard. Soko Afrika
Nominated for a slew of awards, Soko Afrika follows a group of aspiring African footballers as they travel to Europe in the hope of earning a lucrative contract and securing theirs and their family's futures.

Saturday, March 14

Mission Tuvalu
A documentary from Dutch director Jeroen van den Kroonenberg, Mission Tuvalu follows the tiny island nation of Tuvalu's progress, as they attempt to become a member of FIFA. The Four Year Plan
The winner of numerous international documentary awards, The Four Year Plan offers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the goings-on at Queens Park Rangers in 2007, as the club was taken over by the eccentric foursome of Flavio Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone, Lakshmi Mittal, and Amit Bhatia. Details: The festival runs from Thursday, March 12, to Saturday, March 14. All tickets are free of charge, but advance reservations are required. Visit