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The ensemble as of Season 3. From left to right: Jeremy, Eloise, Tek, No, Tag, Gabriel and Samira.
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A French Television show which aired on France 3, Foot 2 Rue (Street Football in English and Futbol Callejero in Spanish) is based on the book, La Compagnia dei Celestini by Italian author Stefano Benni and adapted by French animator, Steven Roux of French Bulldog Studios. Originally, five seasons were planned, but only the first three were released, with the final episode acting as a form of epilogue, though there is a Sequel Series. However, the series returned for its fourth season in February 2022, this focusing on supporting character "Li'l Dragon" Wong as he seeks to build a new team for World Cup contention.

Unlike La Compagnia dei Celestini, Foot 2 Rue takes place in Port-Marie, a thinly-veiled representation of Marseille. The kids of Port Marie organize a Street Football World Cup with the help of a former professional footballer, thus attracting players from all around the world and becoming famous worldwide in the process. The sport itself consists of a stripped down version of soccer, meant to be accessible to all children regardless of money and social status and in any location.

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The first three seasons of Foot 2 Rue follow the adventures of ''The Rifflers'' a.k.a. "Les Blues de Port Marie". Five of them attend the Riffler Institute in Port Marie:

  • Sebastien "Tag" Tagano, the captain of the Blues De Port Marie. Charismatic and sometimes stubborn, but still a nice guy. He's in a relationship with the team goalie, Eloïse.
  • Eloïse Riffler, the goalkeeper of the team. She is also dating Tag and is fairly popular due to her family's wealth.
  • Gabriel N'Daula, Tag's best friend, whose mother and father work in Asia and Africa respectively for humanitarian causes. He is the tactician of the team.
  • The TekNo Brothers, Tek (Tarek) and No (Nordine) Zaim are completely identical twin brothers. They come from a large family, with three triplet younger sisters and a little brother. In the second season, they leave the Blues to join the Olympic Team, but return for guest appearances during the season to help their old team in several vital matches. They later return to the Blues full-time in the third season to help defend their World Cup championship.
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  • Jeremy Webert, the new boy at the Riffler Institute and one of the two new teammates introduced in the second season. He is a bit of a prankster. He is also very laid back and often argues with Tag over this attitude.
  • Samira Ziaoui replaces the TekNo brothers along with Jeremy during the second season. She quickly becomes Eloïse's best friend (due them being the only girls on the team). She and Jeremy share a flirtatious relationship during the second season, which soon evolves into a romantic one over the remainder of the series.

In the fourth season, most of the original team has left Port Marie for one reason or another. "Li'l Dragon" Wong, a long time admirer of them, decides to form a new generation of Blues to pursue his own Street Football ambitions, with four of them living at the Riffler Institute:

  • Bianca, an orphan living at the Institute, who has a close relationship with Li'l Dragon. She is sensitive, attentive, and slightly childish, but is also very kind.
  • Asaad, an immigrant who was separated from his family and rescued at sea. He serves as the fastest player on the new Blues.
  • Kani, a touchy and temperamental, but talented and protective player who lives at the Institute while her parents live in the countryside. She has a close friendship with Bianca, often serving as a big sister to her.
  • Frank, the Blues' new goalkeeper. He uses a baseball glove while goaltending due to loving both sports. For most of the season, he struggles to convince his father, who wants him to focus on work and school only, of his dream to become a pro-athlete, but manages to win him over near the end of the series.
  • Additionally, Jeremy, the only player of the original Blues still in Port Marie, is still around, but has since moved on to become captain of new team FC Golmetti. Nonetheless, he still supports the new Blues and mentors them as they try to qualify for the World Cup. However, Jeremy begins to become disillusioned with FC Golmetti after he finds that the manager tries to rig a match in the team's favor. After the manager does so again despite Jeremy's warnings and his previous promise to not do it again, and manages to convince the rest of the team that winning is all that matters, Jeremy quits FC Golmetti out of disgust, and returns to the Blues permanently, serving as both their coach, and an extra player for the rest of the season.

Due to the Loads and Loads of Characters policy, Foot 2 Rue now has its own Character Sheet! Also due to the high number of Five Man Bands, Foot 2 Rue also has its own Five Man Band page. It also has a WMG page.

The first three seasons of this series were previously found in English on Netflix, under the alternate name of Street Football, but have been removed as of June 2016.

In addition, a part Sequel Series, part Spiritual Successor All-CGI Cartoon titled "Foot 2 Rue Extreme" (also known as "Extreme Football") began broadcasting in 2014. This series sees an almost 100% new cast of characters who work in teams of five that uses a new style of the sport called, well, Extreme Football. Tag, who, along with his once thought Disappeared Dad, now lives with his new blended family, comes to mentor main character and new step-brother Samy and his friends on their Extreme Football endeavors.


Foot 2 Rue provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Port-Marie being the stadium to the Street Football World Cup Shark, the captains of their five top teams hold a fair amount of decision power. Said "council" is composed of Shark, captain of the Port Sharks, Fred, captain of the Boulevard Vampires, Val, captain of the Shopping Mall Barracudas, Laklass, captain of the Vagrants of the Park and Ben, the previous captain of the City Spooks.
    • Parodied in one episode where Sinead informs everyone that Mochi is going to kiss Eloïse, much to Tag's disgust. Sinead, Sandra, Sonya, Fatou and Victoria already know about Eloïse and Tag's relationship, so they're obviously doing it For the Evulz.
    • This could be due to the fact that the Bleus were playing against the Eagles of Jerusalem, whom Mochi is the captain of.
      • And also because Victoria lied about a magazine request for Urban Star.
    • Then there's Mask who invites Victoria and Sandra to join his team along with Ben and Victor but according to Mask himself, they're the kings. If only Tag was spying on him.
  • Abusive Parents: Averted with Eloise's folks, who love their daughter but dump her at the Melville whilst they have a party at their house. Cue sarcasm from Atsuko and a livid Eloise.
    • It is heavily implied that Jeremy's mother is like this.
  • Action Girl: Most of the female members of each team. This is one of the reasons why Eloise gets loads of fanboys.
  • Age Is Relative: None of the characters' ages have been stated except for Jeremy, Tag and Gabriel. The books (which take place during Season 2) stated that Jeremy was seven years old when his parents divorced six years before the story, making him 13 years old in seasons 2 and 3. Gabriel moved to France when he was 8 years old, making him 14 years old in seasons 2 and 3 (he already had his birthday in season 2). On the other hand, Tag was admitted into the Riffler Institute when he was 4. He was 13 years old in Season 1, but is 14 in Seasons 2 and 3 (he must have celebrated his birthday in between).
    • Samira was 13 years old in Season 2 as she moved to France when she was 11. Jeremy got her a necklace for her birthday, thus making her 14.
    • On the other hand, we don't know how old Tek, No and Eloïse are.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Despite already having boyfriends, Eloise and Samira would go crazy over them.
    • The only reason Jeremy and Samira got together because he gave her a foot massage.
    • Tag thinks Eloise is going through a teenager phase regarding the subject.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Subverted. Tek and No have four younger siblings whilst Jeremy has one. In one episode, Jeremy spends the entire episode abusing and shunning his younger half-brother whilst in another episode, Tek dyed his hair blond and distances himself from No until the end, thus hinting that he could be the aloof brother.
  • Always Someone Better: Tag and Jeremy's competitive rivalry parodies this with hilarious results. Shark has even said that Jeremy scored the most goals than Tag prompting him to get jealous.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: EloÏse's parents, although she gets used to it.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: The entire Israeli team. EloÏse and her cousins are rumoured to be Jewish.
  • And Zoidberg: Samira got this treatment in Season 2. Even so, Jeremy and Samira were announced as... no explanation required.
  • Animesque: Most of the series is styled on anime and graffiti. Even Akira and his crew look less animesque than Tag's gang.
  • Author Avatar: Eloïse's appearance is based on Steven Roux's co worker at French Bulldog Studios, Karen Boccanfuso.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Pablo Arias Echervane. Tag is commonly called by his nickname by everyone.
    • Tek and No is a pun on 'Techno'
  • Badass Crew: The Riffler-tachi in general.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Samira and EloÏse. It's all part of their unlimited wardrobe. Considering this show has so many characters every season, some of the female team members apply as well.
  • Badass Family: The Rifflers. The head of the family is the man. His wife and daughter have reputations of their own. His wife owns a villa in Brazil whilst their daughter has appeared in a magazine and has a fanbase which her boyfriend strongly disapproves of.
    • Then there's Sandra and her brothers. All of them are older and taller than her.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: In early Season 1, Tag liked to guilt trip EloÏse and she liked to annoy him by bringing her mobile phone to each game.(Considering the fact that her parents don't have time for her because they're on the phone most of the time.) This continued until Tag saw EloÏse hanging out with Always Someone Better Zangezinho]]. Not wanting to lose EloÏse, Tag told her how he felt and she returned the favor.
    • Type A tsundere Samira seems to put up with Jeremy's sarcasm but if the sarcasm was towards her, she would punch his lights out.
    • Takeshi and Atsuko, who are Jeremy and Samira's Japanese counterparts (the former wears an earring and has sarcastic tendencies, the latter is a sarcastic tsundere who is quite friendly) quite fit this trope. Although it isn't implied, they might be dating as Samira heard them arguing like a married couple.
    • It makes sense since Samira is an Otaku and Jeremy cares about her in his own way.
  • Berserk Button: The Rifflers each have a berserk button:
    • Don't say anything sexist or racist in front of Samira. She will seriously kill you. This could be due to the fact that her father was once a victim of racism. She uses this as blackmail later.
    • Never confuse Tek for No. He just can't stand it. Be surprised to find something strange about his hair. Even if you order him around, he just ignores you.
    • Even though Tag is easygoing, you'll have to think twice before kissing EloÏse in front of him. He just won't allow it. And don't call him a liar, either.
    • If anyone asks Eloise for a paparazzi party, they'll most likely regret ever asking.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Samira likes to pull this off.
  • Big Eater: Although it isn't shown, EloÏse is a big eater. Even Samira complains about it when spying on the Malaysian team.
  • Book Dumb: Jeremy, whose bad grades contributed to him getting kicked out of eight different schools (it was mainly his pranks that got him thown out though).
  • Butt-Monkey: EloÏse. Always a butt monkey, always will be. She's been kidnapped, arrested for something she didn't do, get her name forged, get run over by a bike, gets sand kicked in her eyes during a match, the list goes on.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: After a brief reunion, Tag at first wanted nothing to do with Pablo, even going so for by calling him out by reminding him that he wasn't there for him when he needed him the most.
    • Pablo did explain why he abandoned Tag as baby. He was arrested back in Argentina while Tag was raised in France, which explains why they have different surnames.
    • Eloise calls her dad out saying that he doesn't give a hoot about her like she doesn't exist after the years of overprotectiveness.
  • The Cat Came Back: Jeremy and Samira did this to Tag when they both threatened to quit the team in Season 2.
    • Samira gets irate over this and Tag is either panicking or accompanying her (EloÏse).
      • Both Jeremy and Samira think Tag saw them like this when the TekNo brothers come to visit. It turns out that Tag wanted the ensemble number to increase to seven by the time the World Cup starts.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: The Canadian team as a whole qualify.
    • One of Fede's old friend's Jackie used to cheat back in the day.
    • The main antagonists of the series (Ben and Tony in Season 1, Victoria in Seasons 2 & 3) and many-one time antagonists also qualify.
    • Remember her friend, Manuela who tagged along with her and Eloise to a Jorkyball tournament in Season 2? She returns as a stand in for one of the Malaysian team's best players.
    • And Atsuko, who had 3 speaking lines just before the episode where the Rifflers play against the Otakus. And the episode was called "The Secret Of Atsuko".
      • To be fair, anything involving Samira has got to be a Chevov's Gun. Her dad might make an appearance in Season 4 at least.
  • The Chew Toy: Samira, again. Somewhat justified as it ends the running gag of EloÏse being the official chew toy.
  • Cool Big Sis: Samira has younger brothers and sisters so she qualifies.
    • Since Eloise was brought up an only child, so she acts like this towards the twins.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Everyone of the Rifflers enjoy to use Eloise as their personal plaything (even though she was Tag's).
  • Covert Pervert: Both Samira and EloÏse turn this into a habit, although Eloise pretends to act this way to annoy Tag while Samira does this because of Jeremy's childish behavior.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Pablo sacrificed himself so he could get arrested instead of his then-pregnant wife who left Argentina for France. Back then, Argentina's political system was a dictatorship and Pablo wanted to do something about it. He didn't want his newborn son (Who later turned out to be Tag) to be born in Argentina where he could get killed.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: In the first half of Season 1, EloÏse's dad hated Tag because he was poor, bad-tempered and parentless in contrast to Eloise's blue blood, silver spoon upperclass lifestyle. However, EloÏse doesn't date Tag to spite her parents; father, she dates him because of his charisma.
    • It's implied that Jeremy's family (minus his cousin, Johnny) would hate Samira because she's tomboyish. On the other hand, Samira's dad would hate Jeremy because of his upbringing.
    • Idriss is protective of Liraze and will look out for her, but he doesn't mind that she and Tek are dating.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jeremy tends to do this from time to time. Ever since Season 3, Samira also pulls it off.
    • Despite being honest, Tag also has a sarcastic nature.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Tag was like this when he was a little kid. In his first appearance, Jeremy is viewed as one especially by Tag who gets picky with choosing substitute players. In the eyes of the the Riffler-tachi, Victoria is the one who needs to be watch over.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Eduardo, who once got sidelined for joyriding in a stolen car and jeopardizing the Street Football League in Season 1 (since it was still an underground-esque league). The fact that it was a police car made it even funnier.
  • Dub Name Change: The Italian and French dubs have different names for some of the characters.
  • Education Mama: Averted. Even though her mother was't pressuring her, this was probably the reason Atsuko ran away from home.
    • It could be hinted that Jeremy used to have a mother like that as he was torn between living with his father and his schoolwork.
    • Considering the fact that she wanted her parents to love her, EloÏse pushed herself to practice dancing, but it didn't last long.
  • Extreme Doormat: Gabriel, whose inability to say "no" got him in trouble a couple times.
  • Fanservice: Eloïse and Tag have the most fanservice in the series.
  • A Father to His Men: Tag. He'll stop at nothing if his team is in danger. In return, when Tag gets down in the dumps, his True Companions all worry about him.
  • Feud Episode: Most of them involve Tag. The worst thing is, he blames Eloise because of this.
  • First Kiss: Jeremy and Samira in episode 17 of Season 3. Tag and Eloise in the Season 3 finale.
  • Five-Token Band: The Bleus de Port-Marie, who are composed of one Black computer Genius, Algerian twins, two Moroccan cousins, a Dutch street entertainer and an Argentinian. In other words, it's almost like the French football team in real life.
  • Food Fight: This was probably one of the reasons why Tag didn't sign up for Football Stars in the first place.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Despite the fact that there are seven members in the Riffler's ensemble, they can also fit this trope.
  • Gene Hunting: Tag does this to himself but it turns into a disaster once he learns that Pierre is homeless and he even has a nightmare about having to live on the streets.
  • Girl Next Door: Eloïse is the girl next door for Tag.
    • It is implied that Samira used to be one to her male friends back in Morocco.
  • Girl Posse: The American and South African teams.
  • Gratuitous English: Cousin Omar, whose diologue consists of "You Talkin' To Me".
    • The Rifflers chant out what appears to be an anthem. They did say "Only The best!"
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Pablo when speaking to Tag. Tag also speaks Spanish, too.
  • Insult Backfire: Just before the Bleus play against the Jamaican team, Nelson the DJ switches his record to the funeral theme, mocking them. He gets his when Jeremy starts singing it to him when he scores.
  • Jackie Robinson Story: This happened to Samira's dad. She was still a child when this happened so that must be really painful for her to remember that.
  • Jerk Jock: Tag sometimes does this. Jeremy did this once as he stopped his team from talking to Diego since Tag would befriend them before the big game. Ben was a jerk throughout Season 1, even going so far to get Tag disqualified by framing him for brutally attacking a rival player during. Takeshi is also a jerk to Samira and Atsuko.
    • Tag and his gang were shunned one time during Season 3 when Wema mistook them for being late for an important match: Victoria had trapped them in their cabins during the previous night, and Lil Dragon, who was staying with them as a guest, witnessed what happened while returning from the bathroom, but didn't tell anyone about it until much later because Victoria caught him watching her and threatened to have her team beat him up if he said a word. Sadly, Tag didn't call Wema out for the accusation, instead leaving that up to Gabriel who felt partially responsible (as Jeremy had figured that one out).
  • Mama Bear: Samira. Eloïse also has hints of this.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Ben during Season 1. Victoria and her father during Seasons 2 & 3.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Tag was pissed off when Mochi made his move on Eloïse. Just as the photographers were about to picture Mochi getting the lip action, Oscar shoved him out the way but he was kissing Eloise instead.
  • Le Parkour: Tag is a skilled Traceur. He got that skill by hanging out with much older traceurs after his True Companions became too busy to hang out with him one weekend.
  • Meaningful Name: Tag is usually seen with a spray can. His first name, Sébastien, means "heroic".
    • Eloïse's surname, Riffler is a mechanical term, while the team's name, the Rifflers, means that the whole ensemble are talented in a different form of mechanic (Gabriel, who's a computer genius, the twins' nickname is a play on words for Techno).
  • The Millstone: Gabriel appears to be this whenever he has to take Eloïse's place as goalkeeper.
  • Missing Mom: Tag's mom died when he was a baby. The only reason Tag didn't have Pablo's surname was because while Tag's mom was pregnant, Pablo told her to escape from Argentina when he was arrested.
  • The Napoleon: So many. There's Jeremy, Sandra, Hiro, Eduardo, Crystal and Diego
  • Never My Fault: The entire Japanese team (Takeshi and Bunji in particular) blame Samira for Atsuko's disappearance even though they know it was Eloise that ratted her out. A few minutes before, Samira actually called Eloïse out for this saying that she lost a friend.
  • No Periods, Period: It has become a running gag in season 3 that Eloïse has the same moods swings as Tag. One episode showed her snapping at Tag after he whined about her going to New York at the end of the summer.
    • This has happened to Samira once or twice but Jeremy usually triggers it.
  • Occidental Otaku: Although not European, Samira is an Otaku after befriending Atsuko after a run in with Takeshi. The only one of Samira's friends who wasn't that impressed was Eloïse, who had a run in with Atsuko. On the other hand, Takeshi and Bunji were complaining about Samira telling Tag about her being an otaku.
    • To be fair, Atsuko's friend knew that she ran away from home and out of Tokyo to be with them.
  • Official Couple: There are four of them Tag/Eloïse, Jeremy/Samira, Gabriel/Fatou and Tek/Liraz.
  • One Steve Limit: Two characters are called Ali (One plays for the Scorpions whilst the other plays for the Suns. Two other characters are called Samira (one of them is a member of the Rifflers while the other also plays for the Scorpions).
    • There are also to characters called Tarek but one of them is better known as Tek.
  • Only Sane Man: Tag, Samira and Eloïse have traits of this since Jeremy is impulsive, Gabriel is neurotic and the twins are just twins.
    • To be fair, Tag and Samira take turns chewing everyone out whist Eloïse acts like a mother to everyone.
  • Papa Wolf: The taller males of the Bleus de Port-Marie, especially Tag.
  • Parental Abandonment: Averted. Tag didn't know he had a family until, thanks to Victoria, he is reunited with Pablo.
    • The Tek No brothers have four younger siblings, this is the reason why they stayed at the Riffler Institute.
    • After his dad's divorce from his mom when he was seven, Jeremy ran away from home when he was ten. This certainly doesn't help as he was kicked out of 8 different schools.
    • Gabriel's mom works in Africa while his dad works in India.
    • Eloïse's folks are workaholics and spend very little time with her.
    • Averted with Samira, who lives with her college-aged brother. Her parents are hardly seen, but in an interview she stated that her father was a soccer player famous in Morocco back in the 80's.
  • Parental Substitute: Tag and Eloïse often have to play mom and dad to the TekNo brothers and Lil' Dragon. It helps that Lil Dragon often looks up to Tag since his father is nowhere to be seen. The twins, on the other hand, were the first friends that Tag had. Since Eloïse is like a mother to them, they seem close to her too.
    • Jeremy and Samira sometimes do this whenever Tag or Eloise is absent. Jeremy and the twins agree on the same things and they hang out together. He even gave Tek advice about love.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The entire Japanese team.
    • Akira, Genki and Seiji are the stoic ones.
  • Promotion to Parent: Samira's brother is the only adult she lives with.
  • Rag Tag Bunchof Misfits: Despite Tag's abrasive personality, Jeremy's troubled backstory and Eloïse's introverted lifestyle, the Rifflers would do anything for each other.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The reason why "Cruise With Nico" and "Welcome To Tunis" were put on hold was because Nicolas Anelka was in South Africa.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Nico is the Red Oni to Fédé's Blue Oni.
    • With the sole exception of spoiler:Tag, the Rifflers do have Red Oni, Blue Oni traits. Tek and Jeremy are the Red Oni ensemble due to their compulsive personality and emotional mood swings. On the other hand, Samira, No, Gabriel and Eloïse are the Blue Oni ensemble.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The Rifflers have a habit of using this trope if one of their teammates is absent.
  • Rule of Cool: Jeremy agreed on going to China because of the Jackie Chan references which he thought were cool.
  • Running Gag:
    • Everyone fussing over Tek's problems.
    • Tag mistaking Eloïse's fanboys as new potential boyfriends.
    • Everyone getting tired of Jeremy's approach.
    • Jeremy trying to hit on a girl.
    • The Mallotra's competitive rivalry with Eloïse's family.
  • Schmuck Bait: Sadly for Jeremy and Eloïse, it looks like Samira's the victim of this.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Tag uses this as a VIP pass.
    • The whole Riffler team use Eloïse as their own VIP pass since she's the only one who's in the upper class.
  • Serious Business: it seems like the whole Riffler team have serious business to tend with.
    • Tag takes his football seriously even going so far to reject dates, days off and very weird training regimes. His relationship with Eloïse, searching for the family he never knew had and if you do anything that the team are against, Tag never gets over it.
    • Jeremy did martial arts in China, brought a daishiki in Senegal and knows his way around a favela in Brazil. Since this is Jeremy we're talking about, he's just a culture freak.
    • Samira loves anime and manga as well as football. Only Takeshi and Bunji were against this because they thought Samira was a mole for Tag.
    • Tek and No are sports fanatics and, furthermore, they would do anything to get to the top teams. Tek in particular means business as he joins Arsenal.
      • When they were young the twins were interested in other sports as well. Tek was a basketball fanatic but he was short and No was a rugby fan.
    • It has become a running gag that everyone thinks Eloïse takes media and entertainment serious, but her parents really think so. Her relationship with Tag has also become serious business.
    • Gabriel is a bookworm and will do almost anything to go by the book.
  • Shirtless Scene: Tag and Jeremy have more shirtless scenes than Gabriel.
  • Shout-Out: So many shout-outs within the series.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Tag and EloÏse would like to remind you that they have eyes for each other. If you ask Jeremy and Samira the same question, they'll tell you that they only have eyes for each other as well, even in spite of Jeremy's playful flirting with others.
  • So Proud of You: If you ask the parents of Gab, Tag and the twins, they'll say that they're proud of them.
    • Pablo is proud of Tag for being a national hero in his own country and vice versa.
    • Jeremy's mom already has her own opinion of her son, but what would his dad say?
    • Since Samira wants to be a footballer like her dad, no point guessing, huh.
      • Eloïse subverts this trope. Anything she does is either showbiz or it runs in the family. Poor kid.
  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: Everyone of the Rifflers have at least somebody that hates their guts so much, cue the sabotage attempts.
    • In Season 1, Ben sees Tag and his team as unworthy to join the Street Football League and was jealous that he had such close relationships with them and that most of them had stable home lives compared to his own. Tony Lopez, meanwhile, hated the Rifflers ever since he got replaced with Eloïse after abandoning them during their first official match against the Sharks (the league at the time was underground and disliked by most of the public due to the unintentional property damage and peace disturbances caused by the games and several shopkeepers had notified the police, which Tony wanted nothing to do with). After this, Ben recruits Tony to his team and the two spend most of the rest of the season trying to get revenge on the Rifflers:
      • Framing them for causing a scaffolding to collapse on a car during a match (which got the innocent cousin of a player from the opposing team wrongfully arrested and the player's family temporarily evicted from their home).
      • Trapping players for another team in a shipping container.
      • Trying to help the mayor get the Riffler Institute shut down and condemned.
      • Framing the team for theft and burglary.
      • They come closest in their last sabotage attempt when Tony videotaped Ben (who was disguised as Tag) beating Ali to a pulp during a match between the Rifflers and the Scorpions. While the plan does work at first, getting Tag suspended from the World Cup and nearly causing him to leave town, it ultimately backfires after Gabriel and the twins discover Tony's involvement and force him to fess up to all of his and Ben's schemes. Even though everyone suggests that Ben and Tony should be banned from the League for life for their actions, Tag decides to let them off the hook, primarily due to sympathizing with Ben for his poor background. Following this, the two drop their grudge against Tag and the Rifflers and Ben settles his differences with the former to the point that he is later recruited to play for them on two separate occasions (once later in Season 1 and then again in Season 3), while Tony becomes civil with them again and even loans his old goalie gloves to Gabriel when the latter has to fill in for Eloise as goalkeeper on occasion.
    • Victoria has held a grudge against Eloise from back in elementary school. From what Eloise had told Tag, Victoria's father owned the elementary school and she was trying to live up to his standards. On the other hand, Eloise was popular with students and teachers alike and she was praised with good grades whilst Victoria wasn't in either category and Eloise was her only friend. When Eloise decided to switch to public school due to wanting to get away from the pressure, Victoria felt betrayed since Eloise had promised her she would never leave her; this perceived betrayal was later amplified in their reunion in Season 2, when Victoria tries to join the Rifflers to reconnect with Eloise, but is turned away by Tag and Eloise sides with him over her. Since then, Victoria holds a grudge against Eloise and the Rifflers to the point of creating her own team, the Black Devils, who exploit the loopholes of street football unwritten rules to clobber them in their first game against them. Throughout the season, Victoria makes multiple evil plans to sabotage the Rifflers in one way or another:
      • She hires one of her friends to run over Eloise with a bike, which they narrowly miss.
      • She arranges for Jeremy to reunite with his younger half-brother Ben, knowing that he wouldn't be pleased to see him (mainly due to Jeremy being jealous that Ben has gotten to spend more time with their dad than him), and then steals footage of him abusing Ben and tries to give it to the press in order to ruin Jeremy's reputation to the point that the Rifflers and the League would have to cut ties with him to save face.
      • She has some of her friends break Jeremy's leg during a concert, then convinces a weak team to fake injuries in their game against the Rifflers and replace them with her teammates.
      • At a charity game between the Rifflers and the Black Devils organized by her father, she frames Eloise for theft by planting some of charity money in her bag, temporarily getting her arrested.
      • After seeing some overzealous Riffler fans acting out both during games and in general, she and her right-hand man Alex frame the fans for attacking rival players, nearly getting the Rifflers disqualified from contention in the World Cup. Fortunately, the Rifflers discover this and catch the two vandalizing Shark's office in another frame-up attempt and take pictures and video of them, forcing them to admit to their deeds and clean up the mess.
      • In the Season 2 finale, with the final qualification match of the 2nd Street Football World Cup between the Rifflers and the Black Devils coming up, Victoria and her father decide to use the Riffler Institute against the team; he has a school inspector friend come to the school and evaluate Jeremy's presence. As planned, the tyrannical inspector deems Jeremy as a thug despite how much he has changed and improved since coming to the institute. When Miss Adelaide, Tag, and Gabriel defend him to the point of outright disrespecting the inspector, he angrily deems Miss Adelaide unfit to be headmistress and ousts her from her position. He then takes over as headmaster and uses said power to unjustly expel Jeremy and send him to reform school, and forces Tag and Gabriel to do endless chores and refuses to allow them to leave the school grounds, putting the Rifflers' prospects in serious jeopardy. Fortunately, Tag and Gabriel work together with Chronos, the Sharks, and the rest of the Riffler students to frame the inspector as an incompetent, negligent, and even drunken headmaster, getting him arrested and fired, and allowing Miss Adelaide to retake her position and reverse Jeremy's expulsion. In the qualification match the next day, after the Rifflers take the lead and Eloise blocks one of her scoring attempts, Victoria (out of frustration and spite) then kicks the ball directly into Eloise's chest so hard that it sends her flying back into a tree. Cue Tag, who rushes to his girl's side and immediately calls Victoria out for this, and Fede immediately ejects her from the game for her brutal conduct causing her to run off in humiliation. Her right hand man, Alex explains to Fede that he'll take over and if the Rifflers win, the Black Devils will disband, which ends up happening in the end.
    • Fast forward to Season 3, Victoria has blackmailed the New Zealand team to persuade her to become their captain much to Oscar's dismay. She continues her campaign against the Rifflers to ruin their World Cup contention:
      • During breakfast in the first episode, she taunts Eloise after she spills orange juice on her pants, and later causes most of the Rifflers to get sick by spiking their drinks with an emetic, and this contributes to the Rifflers end up losing to Dolphins in their first match after Eloise scores a last-second goal too late.
      • After she learns of the Rifflers' history with her Season 1 counterpart Ben (who visits the Melville), Victoria decides to use this against them after the Tek No twins are temporarily called back to the Olympic team, and Tag tries to recruit Ben to fill in for them. She arranges for Tag to be injured, thus leaving the Rifflers short-handed and with no other choice but to Ben to fill in for him. As she anticipated, Gabriel and Eloise have a hard time trusting him, and Jeremy and Samira, despite only meeting him for the first time, are weary of him after learning of his history. Sure enough, during the game, after Ben accidentally messes up a play early on, the rest of the Rifflers' immediately lose whatever trust they had in him, and start refusing to follow his plays or pass him the ball, and accusing him of sabotage, causing them to fall behind. Even worse, before leaving the game, Victoria ups the anté by starting a false rumor about the Riffers badmouthing Ben, which nearly causes Ben to quit over inability to handle all the negativity or play for a team that doesn't trust him. Thankfully, Tag comes off the bench despite his injury so that way Ben will have at least one teammate with faith in him, and manages to play well even with his injury, and the Rifflers come back to win in the end.
      • Once the new rules were introduced, Victoria had no problem locking the Rifflers in their bedrooms in the middle of the night and threatening Lil Dragon (who accidentally witnessed her doing this) with being beat up if he snitched on her. The Rifflers received a warning from Fede, but unfortunately, Wema convinced half of the participating teams that the Rifflers were unreliable and not to be trusted, to the point where even Li'l Dragon sat next to Victoria at lunchtime out of fear, and the cup found themselves divided between the teams who distrusted the Rifflers and the teams who stood by them. Thankfully, Li'l Dragon overcame his fear and told the truth, clearing the Rifflers' name.
      • In another attempt, Victoria forces Fara and Oscar to kidnap and tie her up to weaken the Rifflers prior to a match, but Samira and Jeremy find out and free her.
      • When the Malaysian Tigers are found to have all boys in their ranks (their sole female player was injured prior the World Cup and her brother dressed up as her to avoid them being disqualified), Fede only allows them to stay in the Cup if they can find a replacement female, and Victoria, seeing an opportunity, is the only one to step up to fill the slot. However, in their match against the Rifflers, she uses various methods that range from unethical to outright illegal to beat her rivals, which the Tigers do not agree with. When they call her out and threaten to kick her off the team, though, she reminds them that if they do so and no other female steps up to replace them, they'll have no choice but to withdraw from the World Cup, e.g. they're stuck with her. Fortunately, before they can make the choice to forfeit to preserve their honor and dignity, Samira has her friend Manuela volunteer to help; the Tigers at once accept and send Victoria packing.
      • When Victoria sees how popular Eloise has become, especially with the boys in town, and how uncomfortable, she decides to use it to her advantage in another sabotage attempt: she lies to pop magazine Urban Star that Eloise is seeing someone else, spreading rumors that she and Tag's relationship has hit a snag, and causing fans and paparazzi to follow her wherever she goes, to the point where the Rifflers can't even have a match without them disturbing it. Fortunately, the Rifflers discover the scheme and turn it on her by making it appear that Victoria is dating one her teammates, causing her to become the victim of the same harassment she had subjected Eloise to.
      • In her last attempt to sabotage the Rifflers when they are about to discover how she got on the Dolphins, Victoria ends up meeting Tag's father. After learning the truth behind their family history, she, touched by their history arranges for Tag to be reunited with his father, and exposes and calls out the "Dolphins" (who are actually the older siblings of the actual players) for their cheating, getting them disqualified.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Lampshaded. Every team must have at least one girl. The teams that have a smurfette principle each are from Senegal, Scotland, Japan, Jamaica, Tunisia, China, Egypt, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Kenya, Brazil, Greenland and Argentina.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: It's a draw between Jeremy and Eloise depending on how many episodes are centered around them.
  • Stacy's Mom: Eloise's mom. Her own unwanted harem consists of her own husband, Shark's hippy cousin, Robert and Marco the thief, who stole her bag in Brazil.
  • Stage Mom: Subverted. Eloise's mom actually encouraged her to continue modeling for Urban Star as part of a Miss World competition and to date Mochi. The Riffler's already know that Tag's dating their daughter, so why are they now encouraging Mochi?
    • The Tek No brothers are another subversion. Their father used to be a famous athlete in Algeria. To be fair, they come from a family of athletes.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: When things get out of hand, Tag likes to refer to his own gang as idiots. For example, Tag saw the Canadian team trying to rig the game against the Japanese, but was shocked to find out that Akira didn't know about it. Incensed by this, Tag tries to convince his team that the Canadians were not to be trusted, but due to Tag recently being down in the dump over having cost the Rifflers a recent game by accidentally scoring on his own goal, they don't believe him, thinking that he's desperately trying to make up for this. Sadly for him, his sleuth-like activities draw the ire of the Canadian team when they realize he's on to them, leading them to successfully campaign against him to discredit him and get him sidelined for their game against his teams, and once the Rifflers find out that Tag was telling the truth all along,they feel guilty. Unfortunately, Tag doesn't call his own team out because he knows that they'll feel his wrath even more.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Tag fits this trope. He has dark hair, dark skin and Eloise loves him for a reason. The fact that he's Spanish is a bonus.
    • Gabriel is this to Fatou.
    • Averted with Tek, who isn't even tall but he starts dating Liraze.
  • The Team:
    • In the season 3 finale where Tag, Tek and Gabriel don't play in the finals (Tek leaves after the semi-final after being recruited to a professional team in London, Tag leaves for Argentina with his long-lost father the night before, and Gabriel is injured the same day and is unable to play per doctor's orders):
      The Hero: Eloise (Tag's girlfriend who is the de facto captain).
      The Lancer: Samira (Eloise's best friend and also the 2nd in command) and Lil Dragon.
      The Big Guy: Jeremy (He assures Li'l Dragon that everything will be okay).
      The Smart Guy: Nordine
      The Chick: [[Victoria]]
  • Team Dad: Tag acts like a substitute dad to Lil Dragon. When he's not around Jeremy acts like this to the Tek No brothers.
  • Team Mom: Eloise and Samira are like this to the Tek No brothers. The fact that they're dating two of the Team Dads is a bonus.
  • Those Two Guys: Genki and Sanji, who are hardly seen with Akira and his True Companions. Also Prenda and Crystal who help Jeremy find a birthday present for Samira, Tek and No who are twins, Vlad and Borris who are part of Moscow's state circus.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Since the twins are moving to London, Gabriel going to Paris and Tag living in the Caribbean, Jeremy, Samira and Eloise look the ensemble in Season 4 with Victoria and Lil Dragon in tow.
  • Time Skip: Two years after the Rifflers beat the Panthers, Tag is now 16 and is living with Pablo.Looking back on his experiences, he becomes a manager to a group of kids aiming for the gold.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Despite being popular and beautiful, Eloise is a dumbass but this usually happens when she's on her own.
    • There was one example when her parents were going to New York and Tag asked her if she wanted him to take her home, she shrugged it off. Minutes later, Oscar and Fara have her gagged and tied up, something that Victoria forced them to do.
    • Jeremy also qualifies as he's easily misguided especially in Season 2.
    • And Eduardo, who drove a police car once to an important game. He got sidelined because of this and he was late, something that Zangezinho doesn't tolerate.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: For some reason, the Bleus have a thing for fast food, even going so far to go to the nearest fast food restaurant when the Melville's kitchen was full.
  • True Companions: This was the reason why Tag formed the Bleus de Port Marie. He imagines himself being married to Eloise whilst Gabriel is his best man at the wedding, Jeremy and Samira as the married couple who are also their best friends and Tek and No and Lil Dragon as their offspring.
  • Tsundere: Tag is a Type A male version of this. He's a grouch and his favorite pass time in Season 1 was belittling Eloise every chance he got and in Season 3 after finding out that Pablo was his dad, Tag had no problem calling him out much to the shock of Cartoon and Shark who were present.
    • Samira is a Type B as she's friendly most of the time even to Jeremy. But there was this one time when she was helping No replace Tek, she fell over and Jeremy was laughing his head off. What does Samira do? She punches his lights out. Not to mention she has a tendency to pull his ear.
    • However, Tek must be going through puberty so he's actually a Type A but gets over emotional.
    • Eloise for some reason has a tendency to switch from Type A to Type B. She's like an older sister to her own gang but gets irate over Jeremy's childishness or Tag's irritable turn offs.
    • The entire Japanese team despite their friendly nature.
      • In one episode, all of them complained to Shark about an allowed goal, when the ball was already broken. In another episode, Atsuko got into a fight with Eloise, who also is a tsundere despite the fact their best friend is Samira, who is a combination of a type A and B tsundere.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Tag, Eloise and Jeremy
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Tag turned out like Pablo in terms of looks and charisma. Even Victoria noticed this before the Rifflers.
  • The Unfavorite: Jeremy and Samira thought that Tag treated Tek and No better because they were founding members of the Bleus de Port Marie.
    • Subverted. Even though Tag is friends with everyone in his group, the only one he hangs out with is Eloise, who is his girlfriend.
    • But than again, Tag has always came to Gab for advice,and has thanked Samira for befriending the Japanese team making Eloise jealous.
    • It is implied that Tek is the unfavorite twin, Jeremy is the unfavorite brother and Samira suffers from Middle Child Syndrome.
    • However, Eloise is the favorite granddaughter and Tag is definitely the favorite son.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Jeremy does this to Nelson.
    • This is Victoria's preferred style of celebrating.
  • Walking Techbane: Subverted with Jeremy who even though uses a computer as his source of information has a habit of breaking Shark's.
    • Shark always has trouble with the computer. He even goes far by asking Gabriel for help.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Eloise used to do this a lot when she was younger. She even did ballet to impress her mom. Unfortunately, it didn't last long.
    • Atsuko probably ran away from home after failing to live up to her father's expectations. She calls him out of it and he apologizes for this.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: In one episode, Eloise makes a web search at Geeglo.
  • You Go, Girl!: Every single girl from each team although not all of them are tomboyish.
    • The only one of the girls who has a jock-ish personality is Samira.
      • An to a lesser extent, Eloise as has this personality trait depending on how Tag sees that team.
  • Younger Than They Look: Shark is said to be 15 years old as it was his birthday in Season 2.

Alternative Title(s): Street Football

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