Football cities documentary kicks off with Barcelona on ESPN Desportes

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 06-10-2012

ESPN Deportes has announced that Capitales del Fútbol, a documentary series that profiles cities with popular football teams, will debut in October with five episodes before the end of the year.

The 2012 slate will feature Barcelona, Bogota, Manchester, Mexico City and São Paulo. Four additional episodes, featuring Buenos Aires, Madrid, Milan and Rio de Janeiro will air in 2013.

Capitales del Futbol features Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella, and has a goal of capturing the world's passion for the sport from a cultural anthropology standpoint. It features 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 (who plays for Manchester United, Club America's President, Ricardo Peleaz, Mexican actor Jose Maria Yazpik, Patrick Viera and others.

"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.