Football is not just a game. We live by the values of our favorite club and players. Every football club on earth has gone through struggle, triumph, downfall, and triumph again. The history of football clubs is fascinating. Here are 10 documentaries for you to watch that would make you fall in love with football values once more. It won’t matter if you are a Manchester United fan or a Juventus fan or a Barcelona fan; you will invariably respect and enjoy the journey of some iconic, revolutionary, and tragic stories.
1. Take the Ball, Pass the Ball – 2018
Available: Amazon Prime
"I don't care where you're from. If you tell me, that you love football and you don't love Barcelona, you have a problem." Thierry Henry
For 4 scintillating years, Pep Guardiola's Barcelona created one of the most dominating footballing dynasties, seducing fans around the world. In this documentary, the players themselves reveal the time of Guardiola, ugly rivalry with Mourinho’s Madrid, and how they went on to win everything there is to win. Perhaps Guardiola’s Barca might have thrashed your favorite team but you will be amazed by how meticulous and ruthless that side was.
2. Take us Home – 2019-20 (Season 1 & 2)
Available: Amazon Prime
Marcelo Bielsa's training isn't all bleep tests and man marking. There's also a game room and a cinema.— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) September 24, 2020
Take us Home - Leeds United’ is available to watch exclusively on Amazon @primevideosport pic.twitter.com/6Qm0PL9HpL
English football's famous 'fallen giant' Leeds United is at the start of a journey: to win promotion back to the Premier League. With the legendary Marcelo Bielsa at the helm, they will fight for the grueling championship. This two-part documentary covers how they fought for two seasons to finally get back to their promised land. Russell Crowe’s voice over gives this documentary a cinematic touch. A dramatic and inspiring documentary with stories of some incredible fans of Elland Roads.
3. Jose Mourinho – a Translator’s Dream – 2013
Full Documentary Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXVa8aoXBH0&t=55s
It’s not a famous documentary. A word of mouth documentary I found on YouTube. It’s on the journey of Jose Mourinho from a translator and assistant coach for English Coach Sir Bobby Robson to one of the most decorated football managers in the world. He is charismatic, brave, controversial, and an absolute media darling. But equally, he is a passionate and proven winner. This infamous documentary (even though with bad sound) collected some very exclusive and intimate moments from Jose’s life and relationship with the club, players, and media.
4. All or Nothing – Manchester City (2018)
Available: Amazon Prime
This entry in Amazon's "All or Nothing" the sports-documentary franchise goes behind the scenes of one of the most historic clubs in international soccer, Manchester City. With Pep Guardiola at the helm Manchester City produced some of the most beautiful football Premier League has ever seen. In this documentary narrated by Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley takes us to the inside of Manchester City. The star of the show is invariably Pep Guardiola. Many criticized it to be a glossy commercial from a rich club with rich owners. But none can deny it’s an exciting watch with exclusive footage from the dressing room, training ground, and manager’s office.
5. Sunderland ‘Til I Die - 2018
We can go full Sunderland Til I Die with mad optimism going into 2018 WCQ only to watch it slowly burn from the inside out 🔥 pic.twitter.com/bOY1hDjBpR— Antoninho (@antoninho_sc) April 8, 2020
If you think every documentary has a happy ending you are wrong. This is one of the most heart-breaking documentaries on football ever made. If you think heartbreak in football is not real, you will see grown up fans crying because their club pushed them to their limits. Even after all the internal struggle and heartbreak, they offer prayers to the church for their beloved club. Because you can change your name, your place, and your identity; but you can never change the football club you love.
6. An Impossible Job (1994)
Full Documentary Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i36G1LmvVK4
Amusing clip from the 1994 documentary, ‘An Impossible Job’ featuring @CarltonPalmer and Paul Gascoigne.— Stu’s Football Flashbacks (@stusfootyflash) July 19, 2020
Here, Palmer plays the role of Graham Taylor, telling Gazza he won’t be playing in the next match.
‘’Please play us, boss...’’ pic.twitter.com/4aiJSnUOFX
This documentary follows English Football Club manager Graham Taylor and shows the pressure he was under during the months of England's preparation and failure to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup leading up to his resignation. It’s an intense and very controversial documentary. That English side faced much criticism for not qualifying for the World Cup. But the way they got knocked out was astonishing. Watch this documentary if you are interested in the era before the Golden Era of English football.
7. Make us Dream – Steven Gerrard (2018)
Available: Amazon prime
1. Make us Dream (Sam Blair, 2018). Docu sobre Steven Gerrard. Poco que decir, está decente. pic.twitter.com/cq3ZprBwg6— David (@davidgvidal) January 12, 2019
An amazon sports person documentary series MAKE US DREAM takes a close-up look at the man behind the legend - taking in the highs of Miracle of Istanbul and a Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. This is a documentary on the inner conflict of staying loyal to his boyhood club and the turmoil of coming agonizingly close to the trophy that has always eluded him: The Premier League Trophy. It's an emotional and inspiring documentary. No matter how many times you ‘slip’; you have to pick yourself up and fight for it again.
8. Ronaldo – 2015
Available: Amazon Prime
This scene says it all..— Anthony (@ProdigyFCi) January 10, 2021
the fact that Ronaldo had a scene specifically showing Messi playing the WC Final & lifting the MVP trophie shows how much it hurt him
Acting confident & saying your the best for your fans when deep down you know the truth must take a toll on him... pic.twitter.com/MuKL12nb5f
This documentary is about a boy from his humble beginnings to his record-breaking career, who went on to become the most renowned sporting stars in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo. This is the first time with unprecedented access into the inner circle of the man and the sport of one of the most celebrated figures in football. It takes you through his journey from the streets of Madeira to the throne of Santiago Bernabéu. It’s a story about his personal life up close and his peak years at Real Madrid.
9. Bobby Robson: More than a Manager – 2018
🎥 The world premiere of 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be held at @StJamesParkNE1 on 22nd May - and a small number of tickets still remain.— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 2, 2018
Watch interviews with @steveharper37 and @CaulkinTheTimes here: https://t.co/9MCIXcdhXC #NUFC @bobbyrobsonfilm @SBRFoundation pic.twitter.com/10dwiKrVwc
passionate profile of Sir Bobby Robson.
10. They Think It’s All Rovers – 1998
Full Documentary Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSbaViblems
Behind the scenes clip from the 1998 documentary, ‘They Think It’s All Rovers.’— Stu’s Football Flashbacks (@stusfootyflash) October 25, 2020
Here, Doncaster fans lay wreaths & listen to the Last Post before their final match as a football league club.
Meanwhile manager Danny Bergara misquotes Churchill in his last team talk. 🤦🏻♂️#DRFC pic.twitter.com/cDEggtdNFB
The opening line sums up Doncaster Rovers in the 1990s: “This is Mark Weaver, the general manager of the worst professional football club in the country.” From the owner paying an ex-SAS soldier to start a fire in his own stadium to relegation to the fifth tier of English football, Doncaster Rovers saw their club in shambles. This documentary shows the event leading to the incidents and downfall of rovers.