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TLN Media Group Original Documentary | Heart of Goal: The Rise of Canadian Soccer

Heart of Goal: The Rise of Canadian Soccer

This TLN Studios Original Doc Film Is A Love Letter To The Beautiful Game & A Powerful Multicultural Story Of Achieving The Dreams Of A Nation.
TLN Premiere: Sunday, November 20th at 7:30P

The Canadian Men’s National Soccer Team first qualified for the World Cup in 1986. Since that historic moment, soccer in the country has overcome numerous obstacles and decades of disappointment. With every new generation comes young players of diverse backgrounds and identities who all have the same dream – to make history as they represent The Reds.

TLN Media Group’s Original Documentary ‘Heart of Goal: The Rise of Canadian Soccer‘, follows the story of Jonathan Osorio and his teammates on their quest to qualify for a World Cup after 36 years, while also portraying a powerful story of multiculturalism. A first-generation Canadian, Osorio’s family immigrated from Colombia to Brampton, Ontario – a city that had a big influence not only in his soccer journey but also on the future of Canadian soccer as the new epicentre of world-class players. Osorio’s passion for the beautiful game started at a very young age, and at 17 years old, he moved to Uruguay for two years to play in a prestigious soccer academy; an experience that would have a lasting impact on his soccer journey. It was this time away from his home in Canada that made him realize that what he wanted was to represent his country. And so began his journey to change Canadian soccer forever.

As Canada’s Multicultural Media Leader, it is with great pride that TLN Media Group tells the stories of the immigrant communities we have served for nearly four decades, through authentic and diverse voices. TLN TV has a longstanding tradition of broadcasting the biggest soccer tournaments and leagues from around the world and is proud to showcase this original production as part of the network’s “Soccermania Specials” from November 13, 2022, to December 18, 2022, in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

“This film is an ode to the Canadian dream. It’s a story of believing in yourself even when all the odds are against you. As the World Cup gets closer, Canadians across the country will be inspired to dream big! Even if you aren’t a soccer fan now, Heart of Goal will convince you to become one,” said producer Camila Gonzalez.

In addition to Osorio, the all-star lineup features Cyle Larin, Doneil Henry, Lucas Cavallini, Bob Lenarduzzi, Carl Valentine, Melissa Tancredi, and other renowned characters from the world of Canadian Soccer. As our Men’s National Team prepares for the tournament, we are excited for Canadians and the world to watch our country fall in love with the ‘Beautiful Game’!

Heart of Goal: The Rise of Canadian Soccer


Now Available: VIVA Streaming TV, Canada’s Multicultural Streaming Platform: vivaTV.ca

Canadian TV Premiere on TLN TV: Sunday, November 20th at 7:30P

Genre: Documentary Film | Length: 68 mins

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About TLN Media Group

Nearing 40 years of service to Canadians, the TLN Media Group organization brands continue to inform and entertain millions. Whether in Italian, Spanish, English or other languages, TLN has played a key role in the development of the national multicultural media landscape.

TLN Media Group is an independent, immigrant-owned organization dedicated to connecting communities through storytelling and shared experiences. As a multicultural advocacy leader, TLN Media Group selects, curates, produces, and commissions unique and culturally significant TV and digital content distributed in Canada and worldwide.

Since launching in 1984, the original ethnic TV channel “Telelatino” has grown to become TLN Media Group, Canada’s most influential multicultural media company. TLN TV, the original flagship channel has evolved into a mainstream-friendly destination providing multiculturally rich content. TLN Media Group also operates Canada’s most widely available multilingual TV channels led by Spanish language leader Univision Canada and top Italian language services Mediaset Italia Canada and TGCOM24 news network.

TLN Media Group’s additional TV channels include Canada’s first and only Heritage language channels for kids, Telebimbi (Italian) and Teleniños (Spanish), bringing well-known Canadian-made kids shows to families nationwide; and EuroWorld Sport TV, a channel dedicated to sports fandom.

TLN Media Group has produced and promoted many cultural events and festivals, the most widely recognized of which is the annual TD Salsa in Toronto/Salsa on St. Clair summer festival and street party.