Footballers - they’re only human too
Footballers Lives is a KICCA-owned property which goes behind-the-scenes with the biggest names in sport playing in the world’s richest league, the Premier League. Worshipped by millions, LIVES will tell their stories starting next season. The stars as no fan has ever seen them. Their world in their own words. Insightful, exclusive and compelling. Unscripted, reality, lifestyle. Season One tells their unique stories over 12 weeks, each episode 30 minutes long (including adverts). An insight into how the stars live. Their passions, their hopes, their fears. This is Footballers Lives.
The bad lads who nearly wasted their talent – but came back from gangs and even prison to rescue their Premier League careers. Troy Deeney, jailed for violent assault. Jonjo Shelvey, dumped by Liverpool for his appalling lifestyle. Andre Gray, horrifically scarred in a gang fight, now battling for an England call-up and in love with a sexy pop star. They had it all, came so close to throwing it away but battled to redeem themselves.
Starring: Andre Gray, Jonjo Shelvey,
Every club has a dressing room DJ, the players who get teammates pumped up before a game. It’s fiercely competitive: Dele Alli was sacked for playing Drake, Harry Kane took over. Oxlade-Chamberlain on his battle to keep the DJ job at Arsenal and England. How Joe Hart got the England job. How Clichy has to play upbeat music to satisfy the manager. And just what is the ultimate dressing room banger?
Starring: Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Ashley Young, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yannick Bolasie, Joe Hart
Raheem Sterling was the most hated player in England after the Euros fiasco. Now he tells how religion transformed his life. For the first time top players discuss their beliefs, reveal the multi-faith Premier League dressing rooms. Matchday towels as prayer mats, asking God for help before games and fasting for Ramadan. How faith guides one star every day. The other side of the glamour life: how their God goes with them.
Starring: Wilf Zaha, Raheem Sterling, Ademola Lookman, Andre Ayew
David Beckham turned it into body art. Now nearly every footballer has a very personal set of high art tattoos. England and Liverpool star Nathaniel Clyne has his life story inked on his entire body. Prem stars invite us to film their new tattoos, tell the stories behind the designs. The tattooist who inks Spurs AND Arsenal players. Footballers Ink shows how tattoos are an integral part of the stars’ urban, gritty lifestyle.
Starring: Nathaniel Clyne, Kyle Walker, Andre Ayew, Jack Wilshere
One second. One tackle. From darlings of the terraces, their careers come to a shattering halt. We follow Everton star Yannick Bolasie on a year-long fight back from a cruciate injury that will keep him out until December 2017. He tells how he battles the dark days and the series of operations to save his career, saying: “I thank God every day that I’m able to walk”. Others lay bare their injury horrors in this most intimate episode.
Starring: Yannick Bolasie, Andy Carroll, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere
The truth behind the glamour of being married to a millionaire footballer. Their husbands are worshipped by millions, but what’s it really like behind closed doors. Deadline day means a new upheaval, a new beginning, uprooting the family. How do wives maintain their own identity when they’re married to a superstar, from the controversial Rebekah Vardy to Stine Schmeichel, working in the community as a midwife.
Starring: Jamie and Becky Vardy,
Kasper and Stine Schmeichel
They’re the foreign stars in the world’s richest league – and they’ve got hard-hitting home truths about English football. What the foreign talent really think of their adopted country. Some have English wives and new families. Others still can’t speak the language. But all have had to adapt to our dressing room culture – much of it totally alien. We expose how bizarre and confusing this culture can look from the outside.
Starring: Maya Yoshida, Kelechi Iheanacho, Sergio Aguero,
Enner Valencia, Troy Deeney
Meet the Premier League stars who can’t play without observing the weirdest superstitions. Players who run on the pitch backwards, have the same pre-match meal, only play in lucky pants, kiss their shinpads with their kids' pictures on… and the England striker so obsessed by 18 that he sets his TV and stereo volume to that number. Is their quirky behavious pointless? Or do the bizarre rituals have a psychological benefit?
Starring: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,
Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Jermain Defoe
They’re the football stars signed as children. Marcus Rashford joined Manchester United at seven and is an England hero at 19. He has known no other life. His new best friend is Zlatan. The Chalobah brothers from Sierra Leone were signed by Chelsea on the same day aged 10. They all joined the “football monastery”, cut off from their friends and teenage temptations. We explore the reality of being a football prodigy.
Starring: Marcus Rashford, Harry Winks, Nathaniel and Trevoh Chalobah
Premier League players are obsessed with football – and animals. One England international spent £60,000 on two east European guard dogs. Another star gives his hens motivational egg-laying team talks. A player is dedicated to saving endangered species in the wild. Our stars meet Britain's most pampered pets, give their dogs an IQ test… then break viewers’ hearts as they go inside doggie death row at Battersea.
Starring: Chris Smalling, Andy Carroll, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen
The modern player’s diet is a science. We meet the stars who have turned vegan, the club that bans them from training if they’re a few pounds overweight, sends a chef round to their home to teach them healthy cooking, the hardest-running players in the league on a German nutrition regime. Their matchday meals, their guilty treats. The England star who loves his beans on toast. It’s all in this episode of LIVES.
Starring: Kieran Gibbs, Kasper Schmeichel, Jonjo Shelvey,
Stars and their cars. Footballers love their motors. The player who has spent over £1M on cars, the secret dealer who buys and sells for the stars, the teenage player choosing between a Bentley and a Vantage. The millionaires’ dealership giving lessons to teenage stars. The football legend whose client list is the Prem’s top earners. We reveal what drives some of the world’s richest stars, the boys and their very expensive toys.
Starring: Jordan Henderson,
Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey,
National media team working with 50 top sport stars
KICCA Media is a content media business based in central London. We are media owners and rights holders. The staff are almost exclusively from a Fleet Street/national media/TV background, senior sports management and commercial football.
The Content Team has been specifically assembled to create exclusive, star driven video content, distributed daily to millions of fans globally on the leading social platforms and national media. We also create longer form broadcast programmes. We work exclusively with top talent on top rated content and with hand-picked partners.
KICCA has a roster of around 50 leading sportsmen and women. The stars are our profit-sharing partners, some are shareholders.
Top presenters with experience of major sporting events
Whisper Films is one of the UK’s leading independent broadcast companies. Backed by Jake Humphrey and David Coulthard, they have an extensive background in programme making, their credits including Football Focus, Match of The Day and Sports Personality of the Year. They have a deserved reputation for delivering top quality programming. They have the lead editorial figure, lead production executive and technical lead from the BBC’s Euro 2016 and World Cup 2014 coverage.