The documentary has been a viral hit over various social media platforms garnering over 3,144,776 views, 127,000,000 plus Google results and in excess of 125 articles within days of the trailer release.
At MIPCOM 2018, Rooftop Film & TV also announced deals with leading U.S. Hispanic broadcaster Telemundo for Spanish speaking USA, STUDIOCANAL Germany for German speaking Europe and Japanese marketing company Fieldworks Inc. All rights currently available for this engaging documentary include Italy, Russia, India and Southeast Asia (excl. Philippines) together with worldwide rights for Inflight and Educational.
Based on the award-winning book Barça: The Making Of The Greatest Team In The World written by well-known Spanish football journalist, broadcaster and author Graham Hunter, the 107-minute documentary features legendary footballers such as Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Piqué, Puyol, Valdés, Busquets, Mascherano, Alves, Abidal, Eto’o, Carrick, Capello, Gudjohnsen and Thierry Henry.
Take The Ball Pass The Ball is directed by Duncan McMath and produced by Barcelona based Zoom Sport International, a creative video production house specializing in high-end sports content.
Rooftop Content Group Co-Founders Jordi Van Even and Jan Maarten Groen commented: 'We are sure audiences will love Take The Ball, Pass The Ball and are very excited about the theatrical release. We are also thrilled to be collaborating with creative studio Zoom Sport and look forward to announcing some amazing projects featuring high-end content with the best footballers in the world'.
'The story is one of the greatest in football history and it’s been an honour to help bring Graham’s brilliant book to life in film. The whole process has been professionally enriching, challenging and above all a lot of fun. For Universal to believe in us and the film and to take it to a worldwide audience is a wonderful compliment to all the hard work that’s gone into producing Take the Ball', added Duncan McMath, Director & Producer at Zoom Sport.
For four explosive years Pep Guardiola's Barça produced the greatest football in history, seducing fans around the world. In this exclusive, first-hand account of events between 2008 and 2012 the players themselves reveal the tension of the bitter Mourinho-Guardiola rivalry, the emotion of Abidal's fight back from cancer to lift the European Cup and how Messi, the best footballer the world’s ever seen nearly didn't make it. The players also explain the team’s unique tactics, the roller-coaster experience of life under Guardiola and relive the unrivalled success they enjoyed as part of the greatest team in the world.