10 Must See Football Documentaries

10 must see Football Documentaries

Derby Days Berlin (Copa90)

I’m a big fan of Copa 90’s Derby days series for years now. In this series Eli Mengem is visiting the most special football derbies all around the globe. What makes Derby Days unique in my opinion is that we not only get a closer look of the derby itself but also about the city life and the context of the game within this city. The Buenos Aires episode about the Super Classico in last year’s Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River was the first long form episode and was epic. But If I have to choose a favorite one I would pick the recent episode about the Berlin derby between Union and Hertha BSC. Watch the intro and you will keep watching till the very end and maybe looking forward to a Berlin trip soon.

Maradona (HBO)

I started watching Football in the early 90’s. Maradona’s career was at that point already going downfall but he still was a legend. What he managed with Napoli in the 80’s and with Argentina at the World cup 1986 was never seen before.

That’s the reason why HBO decided to create a documentary about his heyday in Napoli. The documentary is directed by Asif Kapadia who also shot biopics about Amy Winehouse and Ayrton Senna. Sit back and enjoy the ride! (Watch the Intro and you know what I mean.)

Other documentaries worth to watch about Maradona:

89 – Arsenal

26th of May 1989…A date every Arsenal fan still remember. An incredible story of one of the biggest triumphs in football history. Arsenal beats unbeatable reigning champions Liverpool at their ground and wins the championship on the final day of the season by scoring the decisive goal in the very last minute by Michael Thomas.

The documentary is a retrospective with the actors of that team 20 years later. You will remember players like Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Paul Merson and Alan Smith.

Also worth a mention: the movie Fever Pitch. A story about love and an obsession for football.

Inside Borussia Dortmund (Amazon Prime)

Amazon Prime brings us behind the scenes of one the biggest and unique clubs in Europe: Borussia Dortmund. The season 2018-2019 was one with ups and downs. The breakthrough of young talent Sancho, the comeback of Götze, the home win against Bayern, the disappointment after the disaster loss in Munich,…

There are many behind the scenes reality documentaries in different football clubs like Juventus, City,… but this one is unique because it is Dortmund and Dortmund is one of a kind. Also the short input of Jurgen Klopp and Neven Subotic about the festivities of the winning championship in 2011 is worth watching.

The Brian Clough Story

Brian Clough was one of the greatest and also most controversial English managers in the 70’s and 80’s. Charismatic, outspoken and often controversial, Clough is considered one of the greatest managers of the English game. His achievements with Derby and Forest, two struggling provincial clubs with little prior history of success, are rated among the greatest in football history.His teams were also noted for playing attractive football and for their good sportsmanship. Despite applying several times and being a popular choice for the job, he was never appointed England manager, and has been dubbed the “greatest manager England never had”.

In 2009 The Damned United was directed by Tom Hooper. Brian Clough was played by British actor Michael Sheen. This film brings us back to his 44 days term as a manager at Leeds United. A brilliant movie.

Argentina Futbol Club by KickTV

A documentary about the football city of Buenos Aires and more specific about the rivalry between Argentinean football clubs River Plate and Boca Juniors. This Youtube documentary is made by KickTV, an American Youtube themed football channel which was taken over by Copa90 a few years ago.

Sunderland till I die (Netflix)

This Netflix serie just aired a second season a couple of weeks ago. After last season’s relegation to League One Sunderland under new management tries to promote back to the Championship. After a promising start the club falls back and in the promotion Playoff final they lose in the final minutes against Charlton Athletic.

The Old Firm: Football’s most dangerous Rivalry (Vice Sports)

Many documentaries were made about one of the biggest sports event in the world, The Old Firm between Celtic and Glasgow Rangers. In 2012 Vice Sports produced a documentary about the game from the point of view of both supporters clans

Wimbledon The Crazy Gang beats the Culture Club (BT Sports)

A fairy tale sports story about fourth division club Wimbledon on the rise to the First Division and even winning the FA Cup in 1988 against unbeatable Liverpool. A true David against Goliath story. You will recognize notorious players as Dennis Wise, Lawrie Sanchez and last but not least Vinnie Jones.

The Impossible Job (Graham Taylor)

This fly-on-the-wall documentary shot in 1994 follows the England team through the 18 months before their failure to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup Finals and showed the pressure manager Graham Taylor was under before his resignation. The phrase ‘Do I not like that’ of Graham Taylor after Norway scoring against the Three lions summarizes the mood of the England Manager.

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