is a fictional character in the Goal! series of films.
is the main character in Goal! and , and he
is a supporting character in Goal!
3. He is a fictional footballer who winds up playing for Real Madrid, followed by Tottenham Hotspurs, after beginning his career at Newcastle United.
Muñez is portrayed by actor Kuno Becker.
is a skilled footballer.
is the son of a gardener who lives in a barrio section of Los Angeles and illegally entered the USA from Mexico ten years earlier.
Besides gardening with his
works as a bus boy in a Chinese restaurant.
ultimate dream is to play football professionally.
Due to his
poor life and the fact that he
plays solely for a local club consisting of Hispanics who work in a car wash, he
feels it is unlikely.
Glen arranges to get Muñez
a tryout with Newcastle
United, who have recently signed a new player named Gavin Harris.
Needing to get to England, Santiago
starts to save his
money, which he
stashes in an old shoe.
father steals his
savings to buy a Chevrolet truck, allowing them to work for themselves.
dream is not lost, though, when his
grandmother, who loves football as much as he
does, sells off some old jewelry and buys him his
tickets to England.
Glen warmly welcomes Santiago
to his house and takes him to his tryout.
Glen manages to convince the manager that Santiago
needs a month's trial to show his full potential.
Santiago does not tell the full truth to the club nurse, Roz Harmison, in his medical test and does not mention his asthma.
After a month, in a reserve game, a jealous teammate crushes Santiago's
asthma causes him to play badly, and his
coach lets him go.
manages to get a contract for the reserves team and moves in with Gavin.
Despite the victory, the manager informs Santiago
weakness is that he
does not pass the ball.
That night, he
and Harris go out partying, only for a picture of the two to wind up in the tabloid ''The Sun'', causing anger from the manager.
At the same time, Santiago's
friend, Jamie, suffers a career-ending injury that only causes him additional grief.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Santiago's
father dies of a heart attack.
Devastated, Santiago plans to return home.
While in the airport waiting for his
flight back to Los Angeles, he
decides not to return.
may not play any longer, he
goes to St. James' Park to feel what it would be like to play there, and is informed by the manager that he
has been selected to play against Liverpool F.C..
In the final minutes of injury time, Santiago
assists Harris in scoring the equaliser by finally passing the ball to him, to make it 2-2.
Mere minutes before the end of the game, Harris is tripped and Newcastle
gain a wide free kick, which Harris gives to Santiago
, with the hopes and prayers of the whole city of Newcastle
resting on his
shoulders, scores, and Newcastle win 3-2.
Glen reveals to Santiago
grandmother is trying to call.
mentions that his
father ''did'' watch his
first match against Fulham, after learning this from a fellow supporter who happens to be Brian Johnson, lead singer from AC/DC, Newcastle
born and bred.
shouted to Glen that his
father saw him play and was proud of him before he
Glen replies: He's
probably watching now.
The film ends with Santiago shedding tears of joy while embracing his
Kuno Becker as Santiago Muñez