Exploring the Football Cinematic Universe: Top 10 Must-Watch Documentaries

Read about the best Top 10 must watch documentaries on Football till 2023 which features The Captain from the Netflix and also Maradona.

Football is the most popular sport in the world, which is why it is also being played almost everywhere, and today we are going to talk about the Top 10 Must-Watch Documentaries related to Football. It is also among the richest sports industries, where players are paid millions to play just 2-3 monthly matches.

People around the globe love everything related to football, and most of them love to see series or movies on football. Everyone who is a football fan has a player whom they look up to, like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the most talented and popular players in the World. Fans also love to see their favorite player in a cinematic view that gives a different view of the players and looks way better than what fans see on the TV or in the stadium.

Here are the Top 10 Football Movies and Documentaries:-

Ronaldo: The Phenomenon (2022)

Where to watch: (BCC, iPlayer)

The series is about the Brazilian legend Ronaldo Nazario, who won two World Cups (1994 and 2002) and was named 2002 FIFA World Player of the Year. The series tells about his achievements and unique hairstyle during the 2002 World Cup, where he became the top scorer. The documentary also follows his teenage story from where he began to play football, and at the age of 17, he was the youngest member of the 1944 FIFA World Cup. It also features some amazing legends like Zinedine Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Christian Vieri, and Roberto Carlos.

Diego Maradona

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

It is one of the series released by Amazon Prime Video, which is about Diego Maradona’s football career and the main events of his life during the 1986 FIFA World Cup when he played the biggest role in clinching the title. The series also shows the Hand Of God goal, which came against England, which is the worst decision the referee gave in favor of Marodona. It is just a shame to know that they gave the title of Hand of God to the goal, which should be given the name of Hand of Devil goal because it was against the sportsman spirit as he used his hand to tap into the ball to get the goal. He is also being accused in the rape case, which is why the England Women’s Football Team did not show any respect to him when he died during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

Sunderland Till I Die (2018)

Where to watch: Netflix

Sunderland Till I Die is a series about the 2017-2018 season in which everything was shown, from managing the club to manager roles, and how hard it is to get a player in the transfer window who is not a big club that has a lot of money. It also showcases the player’s mentality, which can be affected by the club’s condition, and it does connect with his performance. It is one of the most underrated series because it does not feature a huge club like Manchester United or Real Madrid.

Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In (2021)

Where to Watch: (Amazon Prime Video)

Here, we learn about Sir Alex Ferguson, an amazing manager for Manchester United. The documentary tells us about his tough times, successes, and the strong spirit that made him special in football. He won 13 Premier League titles as Manchester United manager and two UEFA Champions League titles in 1999 and 2008. In 1999, after achieving so much for Manchester United, he was knighted, which is why everyone calls him Sir Alex Ferguson.

All or Nothing (2018,2020,2022)

Where to watch: (Amazon Prime Video)

This series takes us behind the scenes of different football clubs like Manchester City (2018), Tottenham Hotspur (2020) and Arsenal (2022). We see what happens in the training areas and the locker rooms, getting a good idea of the hard work and dedication needed at the highest level. In 2018, Amazon Prime Video released the documentary series of Manchester City All or Nother, and in 2020 for the Tottenham Hotspur. The latest All or Nothing featured Arsenal’s 2021/2022 season, where they came close to being in the top four but failed to do so due to the last two losses out of three matches.

Captains (2023)

Where to Watch: (Netflix & FIFA+)

Captains is all about the leaders on the football field. It talks about how team captains lead and influence the team on and off the field. The documentary includes interviews with legendary captains, showing us what makes a great leader in football. It is based on the 2022 FIFA World Cup, in which Argentina won against France in the final, but it shows many other players’ captaincy roles. However, the series’ main focus is Lionel Messi and the Argentina team, who did everything to give Messi the last jewel of his crown.

Super Greed (2022)

Where to watch: (Sky)

This documentary is about the money side of football. It looks at things like big transfer fees and how wealthy owners influence the game. “Super Greed” tells us how the business of football has changed. However, it lasted for just 48 hours as FIFA did not give a green signal to it because the fans of the football did not want the tournament in which only rich clubs could participate.

Fever Pitch: Rise of the Premier League (2021)

Where to watch: (BBC iPlayer)

It is one of the documentaries based on Premier League history and the reason why the league became so famous after the late 90s. It is divided into four parts: the ceiling falling at the Liverpool ground incident explained then the rivalry between Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson. It also has the Eric Cantona effect in Manchester United and the gambling issues that Andy Cole had. This series is for all the fans who love the Premier League and want to know more about its history. For now, it is considered the best league in the World and also the toughest league to play in, but in exchange, players and clubs get so much money, which is why the Premier League is the biggest spender amongst the World Leagues.

Galacticos (2021)

Where to watch: (Disney+)

It is a series about Real Madrid’s success and failure after Florentino Perez took over the club and made the famous Figo move from the rival club Barcelona, who became the first player to sell 50% of his image copyright to Madrid. He also sold a few superstars of Madrid in the early 2000 but still won the title in La Liga. It also follows the story of the legend Zinedine Zidane, who came to Madrid after sealing a recording-breaking deal of 77.5 million euros from Juventus in 2001. Which helped Real Madrid increase their shirt-selling revenue.

FIFA Uncovered (2022)

Where to Watch: (Netflix)

It is one of the bitter truth documentaries about how FIFA works behind the scenes, which is not a good place to be as there are many incidents where members of the FIFA organization are corrupt to get their hands on money. The series also tells how the system works in FIFA, and they favor some particular players; just like recently, Lionel Messi was awarded Best Men’s Player in 2023 for doing nothing in the year.

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