With clubs becoming increasing global brands, behind the scenes access to documentary makers has become an increasing practice, with fans desperate to see what really goes on in dressing rooms. We’ve put together a list of the best football documentaries that you should make time to watch.
Football documentaries you should watch
Sunderland ‘Til I Die (Netflix)
First on our list is Sunderland ‘Til I Die, released on Netflix in December 2018.
It highlights the passion Sunderland fans have for their club, taking viewers through the highs and lows of their 2017-18 season in the Championship following relegation the previous year. The football documentary follows some of the key people inside the club as well as local Mackens, for whom Sunderland is their life.
Netflix released the second season in April. Featuring six episodes instead of eight, it follows the 2018/19 season, Sunderland’s first back in League One.
When English Football Ruled Europe (ITV)
Available on ITV Hub or catch up, ‘When English Football Ruled Europe’ is a two part football documentary that focusses on English sucess in European competition in the 1970s and 1980s.
It looks at the years between 1976 and 1982 when English sides won the European cup six seasons running, paying particular attention Bob Paisley’s Liverpool and Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest who won 5 of them. Anyone keen to look at a bygone age of English football dominance won’t be disappointed with this one.
Antoine Griezmann: The Making of A Legend (Netflix)
As you might have guesses, a documentary about Antoine Griezmann.
A film rather than a series, it is is a biography about the Barcelona striker up to and including the final of the 2018 World Cup. It shows a lot of footage from Griezmann’s childhood and gives an insight into how talented the France international was from a young age in addition to the issues he faced due to his small size.
The crew behind this football documentary interview many of Griezmann’s family and friends who portray him in a brand new light. Antoine Griezmann: The Making of a Legend is on Netflix now and is absolutely worth an hour of your time.
All or Nothing: Manchester City (Amazon Prime)
One of the highest profile football documentaries, this fascinating docu-series takes a behind the scenes look at Manchester City during the 2017/18 season, when they went on to win the Premier League with a record points tally.
It offers particular insight into the coaching methods of Pep Guardiola, the man who has done more than most to revolutionese football over the past decade, the football documentary has plenty of footage of his team talks and tactical briefings. This Amazon Prime series demands your time.
First Team: Juventus (Netflix)
First Team: Juventus is an American and Italian six-part docuseries about Italian giants Juventus, which is available on Netflix.
In season one, the documentary follows The Old Lady on and off the pitch as they attempt to win a seventh straight Italian title and achieve Champions League glory. The football documentary features manager Massimiliano Allegri as well as players such as Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Gonzalo Higuaín and Paulo Dybala among others.
The first and second season are currently available on Netflix and the third season is expected to be released in 2020.
This Is Football (Amazon Prime)
This stunning six-part documentary looks at the impact of the beatiful game on the world. Including episodes on post-war Rwanda, Iceland becoming the smallest ever country to qualify for the World Cup and how the Japanese women’s team inspired the nation months after a tragic natural disaster.
If you want to watch a series of football documentaries that can inspire joy and grief in equal measure, the triumphant Amazon Prime series is the one for you.
Barça Dreams (Netflix)
Real Madrid fans might want to skip this one.
Another football documentary film in which all aspects of the Catalan club are covered, from La Masia to Camp Nou, from Cruyff to Messi. Many big names have contributed to this film including Gary Lineker, Johan Cruyff, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Xavi.
Barça Dreams shows just what makes the Blaugrana one of the most unique clubs in the world. In many ways, this 2015 football documentary can be considered one of the most complete documentaries ever to be made about FC Barcelona. Barça Dreams is available on Netflix.
Diego Maradona (Amazon, £4.49)
‘Diego Maradona’ is a 2019 documentary film about the legendary Argentine footballer, constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage.
Even if you aren’t a football fan, it is worth your time. For many, Diego Maradona is considered to be the best football player to ever have played the game and this football documentary shows how a poor boy from Buenos Aires, Argentina, became one of the biggest football stars of all time.
In this 2019 film, you’ll see his moments in the spotlight but also the drama that happened behind the scene. Previously available for free on Amazon Prime, it’s not rentable on Amazon for £4.49.
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