Argentine film director Armando Bo, poses for a portrait during an interview with Reuters, in Buenos Aires


New Amazon Prime series brings FIFA scandal to tv

Argentine movie director Armando Bo presents for a picture throughout an interview with Reuters, in Buenos Aires, Argentina June 3,2020 Image taken June 3. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

June 9, 2020

By Lucila Sigal

BEUNOS AIRES (Reuters)– A brand-new Amazon Prime Video series beginning today called “El Presidente” casts a satirical take a look at South Football‘s unclean negotiations through the eyes of departed previous Argentine football employer Julio Grondona.

Grondona was a bigger than life figure who was called “the Godfather” and ruled Argentine football for more than 3 years.

He passed away in 2014 and the eight-part series, set up to stream on Amazon’s video service from Friday, has Grondona posthumously stating stories about football‘s unclean offers.

“I find it super interesting to imagine Don Julio telling the story from the other side,” Armando Bo, the series’ developer, director and executive manufacturer, informed Reuters. “Because he tells it in a relaxed way, having lived it and with nothing to lose.”

“It’s one of these cases where the truth is stranger than fiction so I was kind of forced to make it comedy, satire,” stated Bo, who won an Oscar for Finest Initial Movie Script for “Birdman” in 2015.

The Argentine-Chilean co-production is based around the real-life fluctuate of Sergio Jadue, who shot to prominence as the president of the Chilean football association in2011


Chile won the Copa America under his presidency however Jadue ended up being an informant in the corruption scandal surrounding the sport’s governing body FIFA and pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire scams conspiracy.

He was prohibited for life by the FIFA principles committee in2015


The series is shot in numerous cities in Latin America, Europe and the United States and stars Karla Souza (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Andres Parra (“Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord”), Paulina Gaitan (“Narcos”), and includes Luis Margani as Grondona.

(Composing by Andrew Downie in London; Modifying by Frances Kerry)

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