Starting this week the Anew Amazon Prime Video series called “El Presidente” casts a satirical look at the dirty dealings of South American football through the eyes of deceased former Argentine football boss Julio Grondona.
Grondona was a figure larger than life who had been known as “the godfather” and ruled Argentine football for more than 3 decades.
He died in 2014 and the eight-part series, scheduled to stream from Friday on Amazon’s video service, has Grondona posthumously recount stories about dirty deals with football.
“I find it very interesting to imagine Don Julio telling the story from the other side. Because he is telling it in a relaxed manner, having lived it and having nothing to lose”, told the creator of the series, director and executive producer, Reuters Armando Bo.
The Argentine-Chilean co-production is based upon Sergio Jadue’s real-life rise and fall. In 2011 it was shot to prominence as Chilean Football Association president. Jadue became an informant of the corruption scandal surrounding the sport’s governing body at FIFA and pleaded guilty to the racketeering and wire fraud conspiracy while winning Copa America.
In 2015 the FIFA ethics committee banned him for life.
Karla Souza, Andres Parra, Paulina Gaitan has shot the series. The series features Luis Margani as Grondona in several cities in Latin America, Europe, and the United States.
The trio has also filmed How to Get Away With Murder, Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord and Narcos respectively.