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Best documentaries based on football teams


September 8 2020
Football Documentaries

These creative films mostly available on OTT apps have revealed fascinating insights from behind the scenes.

Football is one of the most-watched sports in the world and several documentaries have paved their way into the hearts of such a large fan base. Considering the fans’ appetite for football in the current scenario, they can binge on some of the best football documentaries, understanding how the top clubs work from inside. Knowing about a manager’s day-to-day duties to how a player balances his professional and personal life.

We take a look at the best season based football documentaries that will keep you going.

Sunderland ‘Til I Die

This series is a little different from the others as it shows the brutal struggle of a side which have been relegated from the Premier League to the League One in a very short span. It provides an insight on the club activities and how difficult it is to manage things considering the condition of the club. It is available on Netflix and is one of the famous football documentaries out there.

Football is more than just the beautiful game to the city of Sunderland.

Inside Borussia Dortmund

This Amazon four-part documentary sheds light on Borussia Dortmund’s near remarkable 2018-19 season when they were managed by the enigmatic Lucien Favre. The Black and Yellows were in Bundesliga title contention till the last matchday but they missed it by a whisker to FC Bayern Munich.

The documentary portrays the arrival of English wonderkid Jadon Sancho and the start of his legacy and how the team kept going despite the highs and lows.

All or nothing: Manchester City

This was Amazon’s flagship documentary and it was the first time the viewers got an insight on the interior of a top Premier League club and got detailed information of how people inside the club function to achieve the level they wanted to reach.

The series covered the historic Man City season of 100 points

Starting from the dressing room interactions to the training ground preparations, the viewers got the first-hand experience of watching Manchester City gearing up for a record-breaking 2017-18 Premier League season.

First Team: Juventus

Netflix’s First Team documentary on Juventus is about one of the top clubs in Europe involving some of the big names in the sport. The docu-series revolves around the players, coaching staff, club officials and shows their personal and professional life.

The docu-series take the viewers through the journey right from the pre-season preparations, training camps to the real Serie A action at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

Boca Juniors Confidential

Another Netflix documentary but this is very different from the others. The docu-series is set on the sun-soaked coasts of Argentina and take a detailed look at one of the most successful and oldest clubs, Boca Juniors.

Behind the scenes of one of the biggest clubs from South America

The series revolves around the teams and how they deal with the highs and lows. The arrival of Carlos Tevez also adds a different dynamism to the series but numerous injuries and selection difficulties portray the difficulties of a manager.

Take us home: Leeds United

Another Amazon docu-series where the directors have beautifully captured the moments of a renaissance of a great club, Leeds United. The series revolves around the great tactician Marcelo Bielsa and his way of taking the Whites ahead. It portrays the 2018-19 season where Leeds United narrowly missed out on Premier League promotion but the foundation of greater things were laid from that season, so it is a very fascinating watch for the football fans.

All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspurs

Just like Manchester City, Amazon also made a documentary on Spurs but while filming at the Swiss training camps, little did the directors knew how the season would turn out for the Lillywhites. Starting from Mauricio Pochettino’s departure to Jose Mourinho’arrival, the documentary covers all the important moments in their campaign. The struggle to keep up with the top four, suffering a heavy 7-2 defeat against Bayern Munich, cup upsets, everything was featured in the documentary which makes it more dramatic than others.

Take the ball, pass the ball

This documentary is based on Graham Hunter’s book named Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World, where he wrote about the iconic Blaugrana side which had legendary players and was led by Pep Guardiola. Take the ball, pass the ball is like a tribute to Guardiola, his football ideology and his exceptional Barcelona side which is considered the best team of the 21st century.

This documentary will take the viewers down the memory lanes of Catalunya to the Camp Nou and will give the opportunity to witness the magic of former Barca legends, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, etc. It is a must-watch for all football fans.

All or nothing: Brazil

In this ‘All or nothing’ edition, Amazon have also covered the Brazilian National team and their successful 2019 Copa America journey. A journey which came after several struggles, sacrifices and hardships. The rise of former Gremio player Everton Soares was not something less than a spectacle. The young winger was phenomenal in the Canary Yellow of Brazil.

Then the tensions surrounding Neymar, head coach Tite and his interviews give the viewers a vivid picture from the inside of their favourite football team and their path to glory.

It was a special moment for the Brazilian fans

Don’t Take Me Home

In this football documentary, the main aim of Jonny Owen was to portray the meteoric rise of the Wales national team from languishing far behind in the FIFA rankings to bowing out at the Euro Championships semifinals to eventual champions Portugal.

It showcases the journey of The Dragons ever since Chris Coleman’s appointment and the team revolving around the talismanic Gareth Bale with every other player stepping up to the big occasion. It is a roller coaster ride for the viewers and if you are a sucker for underdog stories then it is highly recommended to watch this of all football documentaries, as in no time you will start cheering for Bale and company.

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