World Premiere at the Zurich Film Festival: “When the World Watched: Italy 2006”

Arena 3 Sihlcity, Zurich English and Italian / with English Subtitles

The FIFA Museum is kicking off its collaboration with the Zurich Film Festival with a world premiere. The new feature-length documentary from FIFA Films charts the surprise run of the Italian national team to the title at the FIFA World Cup 2006.

Cinema and football have plenty in common. Both have the power to captivate people and spark emotion around the globe. As part of the FIFA Museum’s cultural programme, we are kicking off our new Cinema series with a world premiere.

Be there as guests of honour Gianluca Zambrotta, World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, personally present the FIFA documentary “When the World Watched: Italy 2006” as part of the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF).

Tickets for the world premiere are available at

Live talk on the film

On the following Thursday 29 September 2022, Gianluca Zambrotta, Fabio Caressa (The voice on Sky Sport Italia for Italy’s World Cup matches in 2006 and commentator in the film) and Christian Jungen (Artistic Director of the ZFF) will then be on stage at the FIFA Museum.

In a one-hour live talk, they will go through “When The World Watched: Italy 2006” and discuss unique moments and personal memories from the event. Football fans can look forward to exciting and exclusive insights as well as anecdotes and deep dives. Entry is free.


When the World Watched: Italy 2006

Director: Thomas Cotton | DOC: Sport | UK, 2022 | 73 mins | Language: English, Italian | Subtitles: English

Every player in Italy’s squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany came from Serie A. Yet the Calcio was in tatters on the eve of the tournament after revelations of match fixing at the highest level rocked the country’s domestic league. Even the nation’s pride and joy, the Squadra Azzurra, were under suspicion of having been embroiled in the scandal.

Using archive footage and interviews with then-head coach Marcello Lippi and legendary players including Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluca Zambrotta, the film offers a unique insight into the Italian camp and tells the story of how the Azzurri helped their country to rediscover its biggest passion: football.

Partnership with the Zurich Film Festival

Cinema and football have plenty in common. Both have the power to captivate people around the world and evoke strong emotions. For this reason, Zurich Film Festival and the FIFA Museum are joining forces to screen five football films in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. Each film will be accompanied by a talk with at least one footballing icon who will travel to Zurich for the occasion.

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