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Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos
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(2006)

In the 1970s the North American Soccer League marked the first attempt to introduce soccer to American sports fans. While most teams had only limited success at best, one managed to break through to genuine mainstream popularity - the New York Cosmos. The brainchild of Steve Ross (Major executive at Warner Communications) and the Ertegun brothers (Founders of Atlantic Records), the Cosmos got off to a rocky start in 1971, but things changed in 1975 when the world's most celebrated soccer star, the Brazilian champion Pele, signed with the Cosmos for a five-million-dollar payday. With the arrival of Pele, the Cosmos became a hit and the players became the toast of the town, earning their own private table at Studio 54. A number of other international soccer stars were soon lured to the Cosmos, including Franz Beckenbauer, Rodney Marsh, and Carlos Alberto, but with the turn of the decade, the team began losing favor with fans and folded in 1985.

Runtime:
1:37
Released:
January 01, 2006

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Cast

Pisbfd9lbyjqcbng6uze99oxr80 Pelé Himself (archive footage)
Franz Beckenbauer Himself
Carlos Alberto Himself
Raphael de la Sierra Himself
Phil Woosnam Himself
Jay Emmett Himself
Werner Roth Himself
Peppe Pinton Himself
Giorgio Chinaglia Himself
Shep Messing Himself
Clive Toye Himself
Nesuhi Ertegün Himself (archive footage)
Ahmet Ertegun Himself
D6u7wkqdsqbgnla24lkeah3obqc Matt Dillon Narrator (Voice)

Crew

Directing

Paul Crowder Director

John Dower Director

Writing

Mark Monroe Screenplay