In 1976, the best ever Polish Football team played against arguably the best ever Iranian football team in the Montreal Olympics. This match featured the world renowned players Tomaszewski, Lato and Deyna as well as the great Ali Parvin for Iran, nicknamed "The Sultan". Such a clash of talent led to a memorable game with Poland edging to a 3-2 win against Iran and going on to gain the Silver medal. 

On 26th of September 2009, a re-match took place in Southend as part of METAL's Village Green event. The two teams wore their respective countries 70s kit, which coincided with the colours of The Solidarity movement in Poland and the Green movement in Iran. Watched by hundreds , they were led on a parade to the football pitch by the 32 piece Liverpool Youth and Formby Brass Band to the tune of Brassed Off. Solidarity, the Green Movement, The miners strike of 1984 and a football match: the people of Southend did not know what hit them.

Did history repeat itself or was there a new score?

Live Football: Poland v Iran is a participatory piece of outdoor  performance, using football as an arena to bring  sport, culture and protest movements together.


Sponsored by Arts Council England, METAL Southend and Southend Council. Supported by Hungry Arts.