The actors had training for their roles from Andy Ansah, the former Southend United striker, who choreographed the film's matches.
The first Indian film to be distributed in Pakistan after a more than three-decade ban on films from that country. It is because the film is a UK-India co-production and because of negotiations with the film's distributor in Dubai that a release in Pakistan was allowed.
John Abraham was a football player during his college days which helped him prepare for his role.
The film was previously titled " Goal". Due to not getting the rights to the title, the producer changed it.
Saif Ali Khan was signed for the film but was finding practice hard.He opted out.
Anil Kapoor was cast earlier in role of Boman Irani.
Dilip Tahil's character is called Jhonny Bakshi.Which is also the name of a Hindi film producer.
Film was shot at Old Trafford stadium of Manchester United.Where Boman Irani takes them to show inspiration of Manchester United after Munich Air Disaster.
Relased alongside of Marathi blockbuster Sade Made Teen on 23 November 2007.
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