The coronavirus pandemic has brought a halt to normal proceedings world over, with every aspect of our daily lives affected.
Football leagues all around the world have been shut, and a majority of football fans (including the one behind this screen) are having football withdrawal syndrome.
The only alternative for fans is old matches, or documentaries. Here, we list 5 football documentaries that you should watch in this quarantine period:
5 must-watch football documentaries in the quarantine period
#1 Take The Ball, Pass The Ball
Current Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola created one of the greatest teams of all time in the late 2000s, one that went on to win everything possible while playing football that was never seen before.
he documentary Take The Ball, Pass The Ball is about that iconic Barcelona team where key players, coaches, journalists and others dissect that team and what made them so good.
The documentary was released in 2018 and is just under two hours long.
#2 Bobby Robson: More than a Manager
The late Sir Bobby Robson was one of the greats in English football, who managed several clubs in the country as well as the national team.
Robson took the English to the final four of the 1990 World Cup, only to fall to the German machine in a penalty shootout.
The documentary Bobby Robson: More than a Manager is about the life and times of the Englishman, who was successful in England and as well as the rest of Europe, managing the likes of Barcelona and Porto.
The documentary tells Robson’s managerial story with interviews by great players and managers, and the larger than life character he was.
#3 All or Nothing: Manchester City
Amazon’s All or Nothing: Manchester City gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team of 2017-18 season, where City ended the season with 100 points.
Guardiola’s intense work ethic, as well as his undying quest for perfection, are clearly showcased in this documentary.
The eight-part series, released in 2018, shows the tactics and analysis that Guardiola employees, the locker room atmosphere, and many other things that fans may not know happens in a football club.
#4 Sunderland ‘Til I Die
Similar to the All or Nothing: Manchester City series, Sunderland ‘Til I Die gives fans a peek of what happens behind closed doors at a football club. But, unlike at City, where Guardiola and his men are chasing silverware, Sunderland ‘Til I Die shows the other aspect of football – relegation.
The fly-on-the-wall show, also released in 2018, is about Sunderland’s disastrous 2017-18 season, when The Black Cats were relegated from the Championship.
Season 1 consists of 8 episodes, while Season 2 was released on April 1, 2020, and has 6 episodes, following the club who are now in League 1.
#5 The Crazy Gang
BT Sport’s The Crazy Gang is about the Wimbledon team of the 80s and 90s, who were known for their aggressive and bordering on violent football on the pitch, and their pranks off it.
In the documentary, several members of that team, which won the FA Cup in the 1987–88 season and then played several seasons in the First Division (which later became the Premier League), talk about what made them different and their success.
This is an antithesis to Take The Ball, Pass The Ball documentary about Barcelona.