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The growing trend for football documentaries

Take Us Home

Feature by Jack Foley

Back in 2012, Fox Soccer produced the fly-on-the-wall documentary Being Liverpool that offered some insight into the workings of a Premier League football club – and some cringe-worthy moments from former Reds boss, Brendan Rodgers.

It may not have been the first football documentary to hit our screens, but it sparked a trend for similar behind-the-scenes flicks, most of which have aired on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Fast forward to 2019 and there are countless football documentaries to indulge in covering football from every imaginable angle. Here are just a few of the best.

Take Us Home – 2019

Leeds United’s spectacular fall from grace was one of the talking points of the 2000s. This documentary, narrated by Australian actor Russell Crowe (yes, you read that right), charts their attempt to return to the Premier League under the guidance of legendary coach, Marcelo Bielsa.

The six episodes take the show’s audience on a rollercoaster ride as the club comes agonisingly close to achieving their dream. With the Yorkshire club currently favourites in the football betting to win the Championship in the current campaign, the team has come far in the last decade – which only means we can expect another documentary is on the horizon.

This is Football – 2019

This series shown on Amazon Prime takes a look at the cultural and social aspects of football, showing how the game affects groups of people in different countries around the world. It kicks off by following a group of Rwandan Liverpool supporters who have discovered redemption through sport in a country previously torn apart by genocide. Each episode tells a new tale of how the game has impacted the lives of people living through exceptional circumstances.

Sunderland ‘Til I Die – 2018

Sunderland Til I Die

A documentary that charts the relegation of a former Premier League club to the third tier may not sound that engaging, but this 2018 Netflix series offers a rare glimpse into the lives of some of the sport’s most passionate supporters. Despite a dismal period in which they faced consecutive relegations thanks to some atrocious decisions at management level, the fans’ commitment rarely wavers. A must-watch for any football fan or anyone looking to understand the essence of what it means to be a supporter of a former top-flight team dropping down the football ladder.

All or Nothing: Manchester City – 2018

In stark contrast to the Sunderland documentary, this eight-part Amazon Prime series follows Manchester City as they push themselves to the limit under Spanish Coach, Pep Guardiola.

Behind all the glitz, glamour and multi-million dollar transfers, the series explores the mind and methods of one of the game’s greatest ever coaches and his pursuit of perfection.

Fittingly, the season ends with the Sky Blues becoming the first team to break the 100-point barrier in the Premier League.

These are just a few of the many excellent football series that are already available to stream across some of the top subscription sites. With more people tuning with every release, expect plenty more exciting footy flicks over the next couple of years.