Goal! The Dream Begins (film) A poor Mexican-American immigrant from Los Angeles, Santiago Munez, seems destined to follow in his father’s path in life—laboring at menial jobs to earn just enough money to support his family—but he has an amazing gift on the soccer field. Discovered by a British scout, he is given a chance with one of England’s premier soccer clubs, Newcastle United. Santiago, alone in a world where soccer is a religion and players are gods, must prove that he has the talent and determination to make it among the best in the world. Produced by Milkshake Films and Epsilon Motion Pictures in association with Touchstone Pictures. Released on May 12, 2006, after a premiere at the Deauville Film Festival on September 8, 2005, and a first theatrical release in Israel on September 29, 2005. Directed by Danny Cannon. Stars Kuno Becker (Santiago Munez), Stephen Dillane (Glen Foy), Anna Friel (Roz Harmison), Marcel Iures (Erik Dornhelm), Sean Pertwee (Barry Rankin), Alessandro Nivola (Gavin Harris), Tony Plana (Hernan Munez). 118 min. Filmed in CinemaScope in Newcastle, London, and Los Angeles.