Football Days: Looking for Eric (2009) - Εικόνα

Football Days: A game for everyone

From the 24th to the 27th of September, the SNFCC transforms into a playing field to host a series of activities centred on one of the most popular sports: football. Visitors of all ages take part in training sessions and matches, learn tricks and techniques, join experiential games that promote the values of effort, respect and collaboration, and enjoy film projections at the Great Lawn: The Damned United (2009), Escape to Victory (1981) and Looking for Eric (2009). Three movies starring football legends, with Pelé and Eric Cantona among them, as well as Hollywood stars, such as Sir Michael Caine. Finally, through an open discussion on the topic “Sports: Children & Football”, participants will gain insight into the significance of football in child development.

The films that will be screened negotiate the terrain of football from entirely different angles. The dark side of behind-the-scenes training, the game in its most competitive and patriotically heartening dimension, and fanship that turns into fanaticism and requires… psychoanalysis (or, at least, life coaching)! Put on your trainers and come to the SNFCC’s Great Lawn for an unexpected cinematic triptych that… scores a goal!

Screenings program coordinator: Ilias Frangoulis


Looking for Eric (2009)

Eric Bishop is a football fanatic and follower of Manchester United, who makes his living as a postman in Manchester. Everything in his life goes downhill and he eventually finds himself without anyone he can turn to for help. All of a sudden, his football hero, Eric Cantona, appears before him! Who could be better to act as his… life coach? A humorous, ironic take on the way myths are created by football fans who become football fanatics, losing their grip entirely on the sense of “escape” that the sport ostensibly provides. An official entry in the Cannes Film Festival.

Director: Ken Loach


Sunday 27/09 | 20.30 


Mandatory use of mask throughout the event.

*Viewers are advised to bring mosquito-repellent, as well as a throw or blanket to spread on the ground.


Entry is free.

For your own safety and in compliance with the measures for maintaining distances as defined by the Hellenic National Public Health Organization, we have designed a special layout at the Great Lawn, with signs indicating the spots where up to 2 people may sit (excluding families).

There will be no waiting list. According to the protection measures against COVID-19, on the occasion of the exceedance of the Great Lawn’s visitors maximum capacity, the film screening will be cancelled. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

See also

Saturday 26/09, 12:00

Football Days: Skill exercises with a ball


Thursday 24/09, 17:00

Football Days: Discussion | Sports: Child and Football


Friday 25/09, 20:30

Football Days: The Damned United (2009)