If you've been caught up in World Cup fever over the last few weeks and want some more soccer in your life, The Class of '92 documentary comes out on DVD this week as a Walmart exclusive. The film documents the raging success of a group of six young players who joined the Manchester United club in the English Premier League in the early 1990s.
The crew was led by the then 17-year-old David Beckham, who has become famous enough that even the most casual football fan has heard of him. The group also included Ryan Giggs, Gary Butt, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville. To frame this in American sports terms, it's like the University of Michigan basketball Fab Five were actually baseball players and all went to the New York Yankees. Man Utd. went on to dominate for over a decade after their debut.
England in the 1990s was enjoying a cultural boom in music and movies as the national achieved an international cool it hadn't enjoyed since the 1960s. The exclusive clip above shows how the young footballers contributed to the sense that it was all happening in the UK during that era.
In this final clip, we get some idea where the seeds of Beckham's later career as an underwear model may have been planted.
Anyone who's been watching the World Cup and wondering why the announcers always point out which players have played in the Premier League, this documentary does a great job of explaining why UK football is the world's most prestigious football.