DAZN RELEASES LATEST ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYGREEN LIONS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF CAMEROON’S ITALIA ‘90 FIFA WORLD CUP HEROES
- Documentary brings alive the inspiring, surprising and untold story of Cameroon’s Italia ‘90 FIFA World Cup heroes
- Exclusive interviews with the players from the Green Lions’ 1990 World Cup squad, as well as a supporting cast of football legends; including Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon, England star & quarter-final opponent John Barnes
- The story showcases the Cameroon team who shocked and delighted the world game with their football, becoming the first African nation to reach a World Cup quarter-final
LONDON, 14 November 2022 – DAZN, the leading global sports streaming service, is streaming the incredible documentary film Green Lions, a DAZN Originals film, directed by Billy Dosanjh. The film documents the incredible story of an underdog team, led by a veteran, hip-swinging striker, that captured the world’s imagination. The film is available in key markets including DACH, Spain, Italy and Japan on DAZN.
The story showcases the Cameroon team at the Italia ‘90 FIFA World Cup, who became the first African nation to reach the quarter-finals, after defeating reigning world champions Argentina in the opening match of Italia 90: arguably the biggest upset in World Cup history. Yet for three decades, Cameroon’s story has only been told superficially, or as part of broader narratives. Produced by Archer’s Mark and Dark Pictures, Green Lions takes viewers inside the camp and – for the first time – the full story is told by those who lived and breathed every moment of the team’s amazing journey.
The documentary features exclusive interviews with the players from the Cameroon Italia ‘90 FIFA World Cup squad, including leading goalscorer Roger Milla and captain Stephen Tataw, as well as a supporting cast of football legends inspired by their achievements: Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon, England star & quarter-final opponent John Barnes and Argentina star Claudio Caniggia. The story shows a team who dared to dream, achieving the impossible, inspiring a generation around the globe and paving the way for a new wave of African football stars. The greatest story of one of the best tournaments in living memory.
Producer Yaw A. Basoah said: “Like so many football fans, Italia ’90 was the start of our love for the game. The indomitable lions of Cameroon and their David-vs-Goliath exploits were at the heart of that inspirational tournament. It was a privilege to meet these heroes, relive their feats and explore their colossal impact on the footballing world.”
Producer Grant Best commented: “Green Lions, a DAZN Originals production, is a story that stands truly on its own in World Cup achievements. An irresistible narrative that encapsulates the team’s journey and how they captured the world’s imagination during Italia ‘90. Their unforgettable World Cup exploits have never been fully explored so intimately and we are excited to bring their incredible story to our sports fans in some of our biggest markets ahead of the FIFA World Cup.”
Green Lions is one of DAZN’s three World Cup commissions, along with Maradona: The Fall, an explosive look behind the scenes of one of the biggest controversies in World Cup history and The Phenomenon: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of Ronaldo, a film that examines Ronaldo’s meteoric rise, spectacular fall and ultimate redemption that culminated in him leading Brazil to a World Cup victory in 2002.