In November 1985, the troubled streets of Belfast are torn up by rioting yet again. In amongst the angry mob, we find nine year old Tommy, nonchalantly dribbling a ball through the insanity. Whilst politicians argue over the peace process, there`s only one thing on young Tommy`s football-mad mind - the forthcoming World Cup, where Northern Ireland will take on Brazil. For the South American giants it`s just another step on the path to inevitable global domination, yet for Northern Ireland, and young Tommy, it`s the biggest game of their lives. They are two countries that couldn`t seem further apart: Northern Ireland, with its Orange men and Republican curbstones, the Rev`d Ian Paisley and Fergal Sharkey; and Brazil with its carnival, its Samba, with Pelé and the `beautiful game`. On the football field, eccentric Northern Ireland coach Billy Bingham (they call him Mr FIFA - "a fee for this and a fee for that") must plug together a bunch of misfits and third divisioners.