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As the clock ticks down to kick-off in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Whisper, Final Replay and Sony Pictures Television are today announcing the landmark new series ‘Moment Of Truth’, produced in association with FIFA+, the new digital destination for football fandom and the home of the FIFA World Cup football archive.

‘Moment Of Truth’ examines the world’s favourite sport through the lens of human endeavour: Why do we care so much about the game? What makes exceptional footballers tick? What lifts teams to greatness? What does it tell us about ourselves? Ten simple words provide the answer, and each episode will be shaped around these themes:

Absolution, Cunning, Genius, Courage, Inspiration, Joy, Art, Passion, Hope, Wisdom

With unprecedented access to the FIFA World Cup archives dating back to the first tournament in 1930 and incredible behind-the-scenes contributions from superstars, fans, commentators and the world’s leading psychologists, each episode peels back headlines and explores iconic moments from the men and women’s FIFA World Cup tournaments.  

Looking in forensic detail at the impact of each of these moments, their timeline and background, how it changed the player and why it resonates so forcefully with us. ‘Moment Of Truth’ will put football under the microscope, scrutinising the moments of agony and ecstasy, moving backwards and forwards in time to create a uniquely revealing series like no other.

‘Moment of Truth’ is produced by Whisper and Final Replay in association with FIFA+. The series is distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Television.

Henry Winter, series writer and Chief Football Writer, The Times: “From the first minute at kick-off in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930 to Megan Rapinoe’s penalty in the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final Moment Of Truth will explore revelatory moments of truth across the spectrum – from the iconic to the surprising and less well-known.”

Mark Cole, Managing Director, Whisper:Sport generates and ignites emotion like no other – especially football. In Moment of Truth, we speak to those who lived through massive moments in World Cup history. Using incredible archive from FIFA, sporting stars such as Andres Iniesta, Lothar Matthäus, Aya Miyama and Michael Owen, explain the fervour, joy and genius that drove them, as we seek to uncover why football makes us all care so much and so passionately.”  

Neil Canetty-Clarke, Executive Producer, Final Replay: “Half the population of Earth watched the last World Cup. As the excitement builds to Qatar, Moment of Truth, narrated by Homeland’s David Harewood, offers football fans across the world a unique and gripping insight into the dramatic stories behind the planet’s favourite sport.”

James Abraham, Commissioning Editor for FIFA+: “This is an innovative collaboration between FIFA+, Whisper, Final Replay and Sony Pictures Television for a truly fascinating series that delves into the psychology behind the beautiful game that we all love. The extensive archive we home on FIFA+ provides the perfect backdrop to Moment Of Truth’s storytelling – we’re excited to see football fans enjoy this unique and insightful take on the FIFA World Cup.”

FIFA + is the new digital destination for football fandom and the home of the FIFA World Cup football archive.

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