By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa
Cape Town – South African soccer legend Lucas Radebe has expressed his gratitude for being named Local Ambassador for the History of Football television event.
“I was privileged to lead Bafana Bafana to its first-ever World Cup, and I understood the gravity of that moment for our country, and for its relevance in the global context of the beautiful game.
Local fans, many for the first time, will watch this essential chronicle, not only on the History Channel itself but on a dedicated pop-up channel leading up to the tournament in Russia.” According to organisers, History of Football will air in over 160 territories around the world in the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
It is supported by a number of football heavyweights, including Spanish footballer David Villa as the global press spokesperson. History of Football promises to offer a deep exploration of the sport from multiple perspectives.
Yusuf Nabee, A+E Networks Africa General Manager paid a glowing tribute to Radebe.
“We’re honoured to have a football player as celebrated as Lucas Radebe as the local ambassador of this exciting television event. During his prolific career, he established himself as one of the best central defenders in the English Premier League, was part of the Bafana Bafana team which won the African Nations Cup in 1996 and led the national team in its first-ever FIFA World Cup appearance in France in 1998 and again in Japan/South Korea in 2002. He has a long history with football and is a fitting local ambassador for the History of Football”.
Highlights of the talent line-up for History of Football include Pelé, the only player to win three FIFA World cups and Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in British history and current manager of the Welsh national team.
Other football legends (including coaches) to feature on the programme are Gary Lineker, Louis Van Gaal, Philipp Lahm, Claudio Ranieri, Roy Hodgson, Michael Owen, Rivellino, Mario Kempes, Lothar Matthaus, Paul Breitner, Toto Schillaci, Emanuel Petit, Christian Karembeu and Manuel.
In addition, Hyundai Motor Company has been signed as a global sponsor of History of Football in a cross-platform partnership.
The agreement to sponsor the ground-breaking History of Football programming event in over 160 territories allows Hyundai Motor Company to showcase the vehicle maker’s long-running partnership with FIFA and its association with the FIFA Men’s World Cup™ since 2002.
During the 14-day pop-up channel, History will air a slate of original, globally focused premium documentary series, short form specials and a selection of FIFA World Cup films.
The channel will also broadcast locally sourced television series and documentaries that would offer a unique lens through which to look into Africa’s passion for football.