Collective Media Group Unveils Brazil 2002: The Real Story Doc


Collective Media Group has partnered with Entourage Sports & Entertainment and Trailer Films for the football-focused documentary film Brazil 2002: The Real Story.

The documentary tells the story of the winners of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, following the Brazilian team’s infamous loss in the 1998 World Cup final in Paris. The film uses six hours of unseen archive material shot by player Juliano Belletti during the tournament, as well as interviews with the winning team and other giants of the game.

Roberto Carlos joins Belletti as executive producer, alongside Claire McArdle and Rebecca Knight for Collective Media Group and Mark Cowan and Paul Brighten for Entourage Sports. Trailer Films’ Luis Ara will direct, with Collective Media Group’s Arianna Perretta as producer.

TelevisaUnivision has taken the rights for North and South America, excluding Brazil, as part of the slate of originals coming to ViX+. Through distribution partner Abacus Media Rights, Sky has taken the U.K. rights; Front Row Filmed Entertainment has secured it for the Middle East; and Nordic Entertainment Group has acquired the rights for its Viaplay streaming service in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Carlos said: “Brazil’s achievement, winning all seven matches we played, was incredible. We were right at the top of our game. Juliano’s footage is incredible and really captures the highs, the lows and the raw emotion—a personal record of what promised to be a very special tournament. I am delighted to be working with Juliano alongside Collective Media Group, Entourage and Trailer Films to bring this to screen.”

McArdle, co-CEO of Collective Media Group, added: “Collective Media Group has always wanted to focus on storytelling around some of sports’ most iconic moments, and they do not get more iconic than the Brazilian national football team. Obtaining access to Juliano’s very special personal archive, who was there on the team’s journey to triumph, is what will set this film apart from a simple retelling of the story. It is this level of unique access and collaboration with high-profile sporting talent that will allow us to make content that inspires audiences across all corners of the globe.”

Cowan, co-founder of Entourage Sports & Entertainment, commented: “We are very excited to be finally telling this story, which has been 20 years in the making. When you think of the World Cup, you think of Brazil! Being involved in a project that illustrates their last success and the team around it is an important step for Entourage and its partners.”

Ara said: “I have always been motivated by stories that inspire large audiences. This is the story of one of the best football teams of all time—a story of effort, talent and determination. It not only serves as an example for new generations, but it also pays tribute to a group of athletes who made the union of the team their greatest strength.”