Release Date, Cast, Recap, Episodes


‘Side Games’, originally ‘Todo por el Juego’, is a result of the collaboration between Spectrum Originals in the US and The Mediapro Studio in Spain. Produced by Mediapro, it is created by the famed screenwriter from Argentina, Eduardo Sacheri, who is a two-time winner of the Argentine Academy Award. He is well-known for writing the foreign-language thriller, ‘The Secret in Their Eyes’, which was an Oscar-winner. Directed by Daniel Calparsoro, who also features as the showrunner, it is an adaptation of the novel ‘El Fútbol no es Así’ — authored by Javier Tebas and Pedro Torrens. The series takes place in a fictional, top-league Spanish soccer association, where the events soon unfold into chaos, packed with illegal betting, political corruption, and violence.

Side Games Cast: Who is in it?

The cast of ‘Side Games’ is led by Patricia Vico who plays the role of Nuria Ballesteros and Roberto Enríquez who enacts the character of Mariano Hidalgo. Vico is a renowned Spanish actress, based known for her portrayal of Fifa in the comedy series ‘The House of the Trouble’. She has also featured in the medical drama ‘Central Hospital’ and the horror show ‘Rabia’. On the other hand, Enríquez is a Spanish actor, known for his roles in several films, theater, and television.

Other cast members in prominent roles include Pedro Casablanc, Marian Álvarez, Maria Molins, Andrés Gertrúdix, Maria de Nati, Lucas Velasco, Toni Sevilla, and Jesús Ruyman.

Side Games Plot: What is it about?

‘Side Games’, based on the novel ‘El Fútbol No Es Así’, is set against the backdrop of a fictionalized second division Spanish soccer league. It introduces us to an activist and successful businessman, Mariano Hidalgo, who is promoted to take up the position of team president. However, he soon finds himself in a scandalous world, packed with mob-controlled betting, political corruption, and murder. Meanwhile, he also has to tackle the issues in his own family life. Formerly a provincial real estate entrepreneur and a huge supporter of the first division of the Spanish League, Mariano takes up the presidency purely out of devotion for the team. Although his intentions are good in the beginning, he soon finds himself embroiled in a path fraught with dark and unpredictable chaos. As his honest nature progresses to become more ruthless and ambitious, we witness how his thirst finally ends up threatening to destroy the things most dear to him.

Mixed with intrigue, suspense, drama, and passion, ‘Side Games’ gives an insight into the world of soccer, dominated by mafias and political scandals. To add to the mix, there are also family problems and gruesome homicides. Accompanied by raw dialogues and great action sequences, it explores the underbelly of soccer through an inside lens. It lends a never-seen-before glimpse into sports and its connections with local politics and match-fixing agents. It also shows how the players get involved in the rigging of matches and the corrupt process of buying and selling foreign sportsmen.

Side Games Season 1 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Side Games’ season 1 premieres on Spectrum Originals on July 15, 2019. It comes accompanied with English subtitles and comprises eight episodes. Episodes 1 to 3 drop on the premiere date, 4 to 5 on July 22, 2019, and 6 to 8 on July 29, 2019.

After its debut in Latin America, the series received widespread acceptance among the audience, primarily because of the huge popularity of soccer in the region. Hence, the seamlessly written drama should definitely garner the same level of acceptance among the Spanish-speaking populace in the U.S. It is a must-watch, even for international viewers who hold a knack for sophisticated drama and a passion for soccer. With Spectrum Originals giving a global platform to the series, we are highly positive that the show will be accepted on an international level.

Now, as far as a renewal is concerned, we have nor received any official update from the creators yet. If the show comes with a definite conclusion and an all-inclusive plot, the chances of another season are bleak. But if the makers did leave some loose threads for the series to go on, a second season is definitely underway. When? As per our best guess, if ‘Side Games’ season 2 does happen, it should start airing sometime during June – July 2020. We shall be updating this section with more concrete news as and when we learn more.

Below is the official trailer for ‘Side Games’ season 1. You can check it out below in order to get an idea of what this series is all about. We will be updating this section with a trailer, accompanied by English subtitles, as soon as Spectrum releases one. You can also head to their official site if you wish to be regularly updated with the latest news and clips regarding the show.

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