The Great Game director says football fans may ‘stop watching matches’

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The Great Game director Nico Marzano has voiced concern about the future of football-watching fans who tune into his new series. One half of the directing team has teased that the drama, based around football agents and the transfer business, might put some people off the beautiful game. The new series on Sky is set in a murky world of transfers based in Italy’s Serie A division.

Despite England facing France in one of the most anticipated games in recent memory, there could be fewer fans tuning into the sport, the filmmaker suggested.

Ahead of Sky’s new drama, he was asked what he anticipated the reaction will be like among football fans.

He told and other press: “We try to build their power in the universe you know, it does not reflect reality the way it is.

“But who knows maybe the fans of the show will stop watching the soccer matches!”

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The eight-part series follows the anti-hero football agent Corso Manni (played by Francesco Montanari) and the unconventional ways to take care of Italy’s finest footballers.

Corso is battling from the abyss after he was left with no money and little hope after his career took a beating due to false accusations of him betting illegally in the sport.

His main aim is to take down the rival company ISG, run by his ex-wife Elena De Gregorio (Elena Radonicich) and her father Dino De Gregorio (Giancarlo Giannini).

Despite the subject matter seemingly reflecting a lot of what is going on in football today, Nico dismissed comparisons to other historical dramas like The Crown.

When asked whether he had concerns over how literal some viewers will take the show’s plot, he had faith in the audience.

He said: “Our approach was very different from what I guess was the approach of the screenwriters and directors of The Crown.

“And because the language is different, and also the motivation, you know, it’s not an account of the true story.

“What’s happening behind the scenes of people talking about corruption, it’s for sure something that we keep in mind about our storytelling but it’s not the victim in the series.”

“For sure, we know there are dark areas that are not completely put under the spotlight and people should investigate that.”

The series was released at the peak of World Cup fever in Qatar, a tournament often overshadowed by the country’s many human rights issues.

Nico addressed the timing of the show: “Sometimes in our story, something we’d like to get a sense of is that something is a bit off.

“We don’t get a direct inspiration [from Qatar World Cup], but we know that it exists and we think the audience will have a sort of sense that there are things that are on the dark side too”

Ahead of the show’s finale on Sky on Saturday, the excitement about the fate of Corso and ISG will come after the result of England’s quarter final match against France.

On the show’s impact, Nico said: “For the first time to listen in on the conversations between managers, players and agents.

“We are somehow violating something sacred and mysterious.

He declared: “We are revealing the essence of The Great Game of football.”

The Great Game finale airs on Sky tonight and is available to stream on NOW TV

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