Top Football Documentaries to Stream

Posted on: April 2nd, 2020 | by Laura Murdoch | No Comments

Yesterday, we offered our suggestions for great football films to watch in isolation. If you’d rather watch real players than actors, then why not check out one of these documentaries that are currently available on streaming services.

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Top Football Documentaries to Stream

  • Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager (Netflix)

This feature-length documentary is about the life of former England manager Bobby Robson. The film takes you through the key moments in Robson’s life features interviews from players and managers who worked with him. This is a must-see portrait of an English sporting icon.

This Amazon series follows Manchester City during the 2017-18 season. The eight-part documentary offers an interesting insight into the inner workings of the club. The focus is squarely on Guardiola and the inner workings of one of the world’s most successful managers.

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Top Football Documentaries to Stream

This series is a great look at just how far the sport’s popularity reaches. The six-part documentary goes around the world to observe its impact. It’s a very well-made series and is a great watch for all football fans. Each episode follows a different theme and the emotion and passion that lie at the heart of the game.

  • They Think It’s All Rover (YouTube)

Originally shown on Channel 5 in 1998, this is a fly-on-the-wall documentary that will give you a look into the chaos that ensued at the Yorkshire club in the 90s. Its opening line is “this is Mark Weaver, the general manager of the worst professional football club in the country.” It’s definitely an interesting watch all these years later.

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Top Football Documentaries to Stream

  • Sunderland Til I Die (Netflix)

Filmed throughout their 2017-18 campaign, this documentary was supposed to chart Sunderland’s rise back into the Premier League. It didn’t quite work out that way but this is still a great one to watch. It gives insight into the impact of the many changes in players and looks at how the relegation affected the club’s fans and the city of Sunderland itself.

This six-part series is narrated by Russell Crowe and tells the story of the club’s 2018-19 season. It was their first under Marcelo Bielsa and one where they narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League. The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at everything from the boardroom to the changing room.

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Top Football Documentaries to Stream

Narrated by Gary Oldman, this film tells the story of the England football team during 1990 FIFA World Cup. Focusing on the semi-final when England lost out to West Germany on penalties, it uses a mixture of archive footage, narration, and recreated scenes. Though it doesn’t add anything new, this documentary is a nostalgic look back at a big moment in English football.

  • Graham Taylor An Impossible Job (YouTube)

Originally aired in 1994, this is an iconic football documentary. It follows the England football team through the 18 months before they failed to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup Finals. The film showed the pressure manager Graham Taylor was under before his resignation. This is a must-see film even after all this time.

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Top Football Documentaries to Stream

  • Maradona in Mexico (Netflix)

This Netflix series offers a glimpse behind the scenes of Diego Maradona’s stint as coach of Dorados de Sinaloa club from 2018-19. The star was called in to turn the club around and the series follows his attempts to save it. Though the series is less about the man himself, it’s still worth a watch.

The Class of 92 looks at Manchester United’s long history with the FA Cup. It focuses on the careers of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, and Phil Neville. You see how they got to their career-high of winning the treble in 1999 and take a look a the people at the heart of the team.

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