ESPN Deportes today announced that Capitales del Fútbol, the first documentary series to profile the world’s most popular soccer cities, will debut in October with five episodes before the end of the year, featuring Barcelona (Spain), Bogota (Colombia), Manchester (England), Mexico City (Mexico) and São Paulo (Brazil). The series will be telecasted every other Tuesday, beginning with the Barcelona edition on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. Four additional episodes, featuring Buenos Aires (Argentina), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) will air in 2013.
Capitales del Futbol is co-produced by ESPN Deportes and Academy Award®-winning production company 100 Bares, led by acclaimed Argentinian director, Juan Jose Campanella. The series successfully captures the world’s passion for the sport, and provides a cultural perspective of the world of soccer. The series also features notable appearances by stars of both the sports and entertainment industry, such as Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyyff; Spanish footballer Xavi Hernandez; Argentine player Sergio Aguero;; Mexican rock band Molotov; Portuguese player Nani for Manchester United; Club America’s President Ricardo Peleaz, Mexican actor Jose Maria Yazpik, Patrick Viera and many more.
“With Capitales del Futbol, we hope to offer our U.S. Hispanic audience a different perspective from what they receive from our news and analysis programming,” said Esteban Apraez, Senior Director of ESPN International Marketing Solutions. “The Series is a truly global undertaking that takes fans to the most beautiful and enchanting destinations in the world. What makes Capitales truly special is its ability to put into context how alongside our wonderful differences, we are all united by our common passion for football.”
Capitales del Fútbol initially aired on ESPN across Latin America, becoming the network’s highest rated original series ever in the region with more than ten million viewers tuning in to date.