HISTORY® SET TO LAUNCH HISTORY OF FOOTBALL A WORLDWIDE, 14-DAY, 24/7 TELEVISION EVENT ACROSS 160 TERRITORIES IN THE RUN-UP TO THE 2018 WORLD CUP
PREMIERING 28 MAY-10 JUNE 2018
A+E Networks® Poland is partnering with Poland’s largest digital platform Onet.pl for a new local series Secrets of the World Cup (Tajemnice mundialu), to premiere daily from May 28th as part of the HISTORY OF FOOTBALL, a 14-day global TV event on HISTORY®. The show will consist of 7 x 1 hour-episodes and will be hosted by sports journalists, Michał Pol (Onet Sport) and Przemysław Rudzki (Przegląd Sportowy). Onet.pl, part of the Onet-RAS Polska group, is producing the series. Agnieszka Kubiak, Head of Content and Creative at A+E Networks Poland, serves as executive producer.
The series will capture the excitement among Poland’s football fans that their national team is playing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 12-year absence. Overall, this will be the eighth World Cup tournament for the Polish national team. While the team never took home the gold, it was able to win the bronze medal twice, in 1974 and 1982.
In this new series, HISTORY Poland and Onet.pl will look at six historic tournaments to see what the Polish team could have done differently to improve their World Cup performance. The hosts will deliberate whether it was the risky decision of coach Jacek Gmoch that ultimately affected the outcome of the group-stage game with the host Argentina in 1978. They will tackle the difficult case of Boniek’s absence during the match against Italy in 1982 and try to answer the question who was the biggest absentee on the Polish team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Hosts Michał Pol and Przemysław Rudzki along with special guest – sports journalism legend – Stefan Szczepłek, will reminisce and discuss the greatest achievements and biggest failures of the national team.
They will be joined by former coaches, players and experts who will help them in their quest to unearth the secrets of the World Cup.
Highlights of the talent line-up for “Secrets of the World Cup” include: Jacek Gmoch, Poland’s national football team coach during the Argentina 1978 FIFA World Cup; Andrzej Strejlau, Poland’s national football team coach between 1989-1993 and Kazimierz Górski’s assistant during West German 1974 FIFA World Cup; Dariusz Szpakowski, Polish public television TVP sports commentator since 1983; Piotr Świerczewski, silver Olympic football medallist from Barcelona and 2002 FIFA World Cup player; Stefan Majewski –Spain 1982 and Mexico 1986 FIFA World Cups player; Dariusz Dziekanowski, 1986 FIFA World Cup player; Michał Żewłakow–the former Polish national football team captain during 2006 FIFA World Cup and its most capped player ever.
Agnieszka Kubiak, Head of Content and Creative at A+E Networks Poland said:
“We are delighted to team up with Onet to give our viewers first-hand accounts of the FIFA World Cups from those who shaped the history of football. We offer all aficionados of the beautiful game a chance to brush up on their knowledge about the history of football and relive the emotions of being within the reach of victory, just in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The guests that appear in our show will be able to offer an unparalleled perspective on the events which they participated in. Tune in to learn the never before revealed facts and anecdotes from Polish football legends.”
Over 160 territories around the world will be airing HISTORY OF FOOTBALL including Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom; as well as across Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. In Poland, HISTORY will be showing football content for 14 days in a row, 24/7. Many renowned football players, coaches and sports broadcasters will be featured in the highly anticipated HISTORY OF FOOTBALL programming slate. The 2-week-long television event also takes a look at the sporting events that made such football luminaries and players as Pelé, Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane, Villa, Rummenigge, Matthäus and Müller, household names around the world.
David Villa, the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner and one of the most decorated players in the world, will continue to represent HISTORY OF FOOTBALL as its global press spokesperson.
“Secrets of the World Cup” is produced by Marta Sudzińska of Onet.pl with Agnieszka Kubiak, Head of Content at A+E Networks as the executive producer. The series will premiere daily on May 28th, exclusively on HISTORY and 1 day later on Onet.pl.