FremantleMedia scores “Football Nightmares”

FremantleMedia has enlisted Italian footballer Gianluca Vialli (pictured, right) for its MIPTV-bound reality format Football Nightmares.
February 18, 2016

FremantleMedia has enlisted Italian footballer Gianluca Vialli (pictured, right) for its latest reality format, Football Nightmares.

The 8 x 60-minute series, produced by FremantleMedia Italia in association with Vialli, finds the star teaming up with fellow ex-professional player Lorenzo Amoruso (left) in order to “transform and restore the confidence of failing amateur football teams.”

The footballers have just one week to challenge the players and help turn the troubled teams around. After seven days, the team plays its first “post-transformation” match.

FremantleMedia is set to bring the format to April’s MIPTV market in Cannes. The original Italian series currently airs on Sky Italia channel MTV 8.

“The Italian version is brilliantly entertaining and the format has the perfect combination of emotion, genuine characters and comedy moments to give it all the makings of a hit,” said Rob Clark, director of global entertainment for FremantleMedia, in a statement.

Vialli, an executive producer on Football Nightmares, added that the format is a “labor of love” that stemmed from his passion for the sport.

“I’ve had a longstanding career within the industry and I wanted to use this opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with struggling non-league teams to get them back on track and reignite their passion,” he said.

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