“We all have purpose, and I believe that each of us has an assignment we’re here to complete.” Those are the sage words of two-time Olympian and middle-distance running force Caster Semenya. With 18 gold medals to her name, the assignment for this bold, unapologetic athlete is to never stop pushing hard — both on and off the track.
We get a sense of that tenacity in “Just Do It: Caster Semenya,” a film that charts the runner’s journey to become elite, and the pivotal moments that shaped her into the athlete she is today. Semenya’s challenge to viewers: “We have been given life, but no one can live it for you — you have to go out every day and work hard to earn it.”
History comes naturally to French footballer Kylian Mbappe. The forward is the youngest-ever to score a goal for AS Monaco, the youngest-ever scorer in a European club semi-final, and the youngest to be nominated for football’s greatest individual prize, among other honors. Today, the 19-year-old racked up another accolade as the youngest French goalscorer in World Cup history. But age is only a number for Mbappe, as he describes in the Nike Football film, “Too Young”
“On your back, there’s a number, not your age” says Mbappe as he’s surrounded by the French flag and the chants of his home nation. “Either the player can play or he can’t.”
Coming off the heels of back-to-back World Cup victories for the French team, Mbappe is once again primed to defy his age — and establish his legacy.
"This is Naija: A Nigerian Football Story" captures the pulse of the country’s unbridled, optimistic and confident approach to football. The documentary is directed by filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu, who also produced the 2006 feature “The African Game.”
Wherever you travel in Nigeria — a diverse country with more than 500 different ethnic groups — football serves as a universal language, the connective tissue that unifies the land and drives the spirit, belief and energy of the nation. Football provides a rhythm for daily life in the streets, the clubs, the markets and on the pitch, from the energy and chaos of Lagos to the wooded savannas of Abeokuta.
The film, which includes interviews with Segun Odegbami (a star of the 1980 Nigerian Africa Cup team) as well as current players Odion Ighalo and Wilfred Ndidi, shares how the Super Eagles' mission to bring Naija to the world takes shape.
Not the haircuts. Not the hype. Certainly not the headlines. For Neymar Jr, all that matters is the result on the pitch. His play, singularly dynamic, defines him.
“I did not get here because my name is Neymar. And I did not get here because of, whatever, because of my haircut. I got here because of my football,” he says.
This short film is part of Nike Football's Believe campaign. Learn more here.
With cameos from national team athletes Philippe Coutinho, Marquinhos, Willian and Thiago Silva, the legendary Ronaldo, up-and-coming players Vinicius Júnior, David Neres, Lucas Paquetá and Paulinho as well as amateur players, this film depicts Brasilian football through its unique balance of talent, commitment and joy.
The term “Brasileiragem” (which, in Portuguese, is a combo of “Brasil” and “ball playing style”) was coined to define this, which manifests in everything from the country’s street art to the athletes’ unique confidence and style.
Focused on starring Russian national team forward Fedor Smolov, "Never Ask" champions a Just Do It attitude. After being cut from his academy team and going scoreless for two years of league play, Smolov didn’t give up. Instead, he dug deep to realize his potential — rising from nearly forgotten squad member to star player.