Sodobna zgodba Davida in Goljata se odvija v Belfastu med svetovnim nogometnim prvenstvom leta 1986. Tekma z nogometno velesilo Brazilijo za nekaj časa vnovič združi razdvojeno državo najmanjšega nogometnega naroda, Severnih Ircev.Sodobna zgodba Davida in Goljata se odvija v Belfastu med svetovnim nogometnim prvenstvom leta 1986. V versko in ideološko razdvojeni Severni Irski skuša komaj 10-letni Tommy razumeti smisel svojega sveta, zaznamovanega z njegovo strastjo do nogometa ter očetovo ljubeznijo do grških filozofov. Medtem se moštvo najmanjšega nogometnega naroda, skupina odpadnikov in izobčencev, znajde pred tekmo z nogometno velesilo Brazilijo. Njen vodja je karizmatični politik, filozof ter nogometni virtuoz Socrates de Souza, ki razglaša, kako je "zmaga šele drugotnega pomena, najpomembnejše je veselje do športa". Taka je tudi duhovita komična drama: gre za to, da slediš svojim sanjam in se ves predaš "čudoviti igri" življenja.
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. Brazil are led by none other than the philosopher-captain (Dr.) Sócrates, who has, in part, inspired the collapse of his country's ruthless military junta, and they are the hot favourites to scoop up football's ultimate prize. As bunting replaces bombs on the streets of Belfast, and Catholic and Protestants alike turn their attention to the big match, Tommy's dockworker turned philosopher father Arthur uses his son's passion for football to enlighten him on the events that make up his chaotic world. The story interweaves young Tommy's coming of age tale with the trials and travails of the hapless Northern Irish team over the nine months leading up to their ultimate game, in the stifling heat of Mexico at the world's greatest festival of football. As the hours tick down to the ultimate battle, with his lead striker crocked, Bingham is forced to place his faith in young rookie, Davey Campbell - "the next George Best". Back home, Tommy waits anxiously for the biggest day of his life - because the day of