A Life for Football / Landauer – Der Präsident
A Life for Football dramatizes the story of Munich-based soccer team FC Bayern and its club president, Kurt Landauer, a Jew who returned to Munich after the war to reinstate the club and the game in the city. Landauer returns to Munich after being first held at Dachau, then immigrating[EE1] to Geneva for the remainder of the war – which was apparently granted due to his prior service in WWI. Upon his return, the city is in shambles, and the ragtag team he assembles can only play with a specially sought-after license, which he tenaciously navigates to obtain through the local mayor. The film, based on a true story, is a wonderful recounting of Landauer’s passion for the game, his contribution to a slice of European soccer history, and the efforts of one man to rebuild the spirit of a team, city, and country in post-WWII Europe.