Top 10: Must-see football documentaries
01 January 2019
The modern age of online streaming means there is an abundance of films and TV shows available at the touch of a button. We take a look at 10 must-see football documentaries…
1. The Crazy Gang
A brilliantly intriguing film on the rise of Wimbledon’s Crazy Gang. A BT Sport original charts the ruthlessness from some of England’s most feared players of the era, including interviews with the key men. John Fashanu plays up to his tough man image in a sinister and off-the-wall fashion.
2. The Two Escobars
Long before the hit Netflix series Narcos, this film showed a tragic slice of Colombian history through the lens of two men both coincidentally named Escobar. Alongside the gang leader Pablo, the film charts the final days of Andrés, who was murdered shortly after scoring an own goal at World Cup 1994. This documentary lives long in the memory.
3. The Impossible Job
One of the most controversial documentaries in the history of English football. Graham Taylor made the ill-advised decision to allow documentary makers with unlimited access into the English dressing room, during their doomed qualification to World Cup 1994. While Taylor slowly unravels in front of the press, Gazza is at his comic best.
4. Next Goal Wins
A heartwarming tale of American Samoa’s wretched attempt to qualify for World Cup 2014. A true underdog story which delves into the backstory of some of their key players to keep you hooked on their progress in this feel-good film.
5. The Myth of Garrincha
A brilliant depiction of a deeply complex character and one of Brazil’s best ever footballers. A man as brilliant as he was reckless, this film charts his sad demise into alcoholism and poverty. A notorious womaniser and drinker, Garrincha died at the age of 49, virtually forgotten by the sporting establishment.
6. Clough: The Brian Clough story
A fantastic tribute to one of the game’s greats, made with respect and affection. His family take a nostalgic look at Old Big ‘Ed’s double European triumph with Nottingham Forest, arguably the most remarkable achievement in the history of the competition.
7. Euro 1996: When Football Came Home
Alan Shearer takes a nostalgic look at the Euro 1996 tournament 20 years on. To the backdrop of Britpop tunes, he meets former teammates and recalls the summer where England became engulfed in a football feel-good factor.
An underrated documentary about the early career of Jose Mourinho. Interviews with Sir Alex Ferguson and Bobby Robson are highlights, as well as Desmond Morris’s analysis into the psyche of a complex and divisive manager. Most viewers will yearn for the pre-United boisterous Mourinho.
9. Les Bleus
Charting the remarkable rise and fall of the French national team. Success at World Cup 1998 initially helped to conquer racial division but the problems remained as the team declined. Expect an imminent sequel following their World Cup triumph in 2018.
10. Class of 92
Documenting the halcyon days for the red side of Manchester, with help from a stomping Hacienda-inspired soundtrack. The key protagonists from United’s ‘92 academy re-unite, culminating in the infamous treble triumph at the Nou Camp in 1999. Shown in parallel with the wider changes in society, it’s a feat which even most non-United fans will find a hair raising and joyous ride.