Top10 Football Documentaries you must watch in 2020
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Top10 Football Documentaries you must watch in 2020

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By Anuran Haloi | Published on 1:19 PM, 25 Oct 2020






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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

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

Available: YouTube

 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

Available: Netflix

 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

Available: YouTube

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

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 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

Available: Netflix

“Tough, fair, and inspirational – just like the man himself,” writes The Telegraph on the film

It’s not a usual documentary. it shows more heart than archived footage. It tells us about Robson’s painful battles with life-threatening cancer, and his establishment of the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Foundation. Admiration from his pupil and as a person how he was. How historically significant he was. It’s not a straight-line birth to death documentary. It’s a heartfelt and passionate profile of Sir Bobby Robson.

 

10. They Think It’s All Rovers – 1998

Full Documentary Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSbaViblems

Available: YouTube

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.

 



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