Goal! The Dream Begins

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Goal! The Dream Begins (Touchstone Movie)

“Goal! The Dream Begins” is a sports drama film released in 2005, directed by Danny Cannon. The movie stars Kuno Becker as Santiago Munez, a young Mexican immigrant living in Los Angeles with a passion for soccer. The film follows Santiago’s journey as he overcomes various obstacles to achieve his dream of becoming a professional soccer player.

The story begins with Santiago working as a gardener in Los Angeles and playing soccer in a local club. His life takes a dramatic turn when Glen Foy (played by Stephen Dillane), a former Newcastle United scout, discovers his talent during a friendly match. Glen offers Santiago the opportunity of a lifetime – a tryout with Newcastle United, one of the top clubs in the English Premier League.

Overcoming financial and personal challenges, Santiago leaves his family and friends behind to pursue his dream in England. He faces the challenges of adapting to a new culture, language, and style of play while competing against top players from around the world. Despite the hurdles, Santiago’s determination and passion for the sport drive him forward.

As Santiago gets closer to realizing his dream, he forms deep bonds with his teammates and learns valuable life lessons from his coach, Erik Dornhelm (played by Marcel Iureș). Along the way, he also develops a romantic relationship with a nurse named Roz (played by Anna Friel).

The film is not only a sports drama but also a story of perseverance, friendship, and the pursuit of one’s dreams. Santiago’s journey resonates with audiences as he faces both success and setbacks in his quest to become a professional soccer player.

“Goal! The Dream Begins” is the first film in a trilogy that continues Santiago’s journey in the subsequent movies “Goal II: Living the Dream” and “Goal III: Taking on the World.” The trilogy highlights the challenges and triumphs of a young man pursuing his passion and showcases the global appeal of soccer as a unifying sport.

The movie features thrilling soccer action sequences and emotionally charged moments that make it an engaging and inspiring watch for both soccer enthusiasts and those who appreciate compelling underdog stories. With its heartwarming narrative and dynamic performances, “Goal! The Dream Begins” captures the essence of the beautiful game and celebrates the power of believing in oneself and following one’s dreams.

Additional Details


  • Kuno Becker: Santiago Muñez
  • Alessandro Nivola: Gavin Harris
  • Stephen Dillane: Glen Foy
  • Marcel Iures: Erik Dornhelm
  • Anna Friel: Roz Harmison
  • Tony Plana: Santiago’s father
  • Kieran O’Brien: Hughie McGowan
  • Kevin Knapman: Jamie Drew
  • Sean Pertwee: Barry Rankin
  • Míriam Colón: Mercedes Muñez
  • Cassandra Bell: Christina
  • Alejandro Tapi: Júlio
  • Kate Tomlinson: Val
  • Arvy Ngeyitlala: Tom
  • Zachary Johnson: Rory
  • Jorge Cervera: Cesar


  • Director: Danny Cannon
  • Producers: Mike Jeffries, Matt Barrelle and Mark Huffam
  • Screenplay: Adrian Butchart, Mike Jefferies, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais

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