Not just a beautiful game
Whether you support The Red Devils, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, or the perennial fourth-best team Arsenal, as a football fan, you live and breathe your team.
While there are more than enough live matches to catch on a weekly basis, there are also many terrific football-related shows to watch when the games are on a break. Here are five of the greatest football shows of all time.
1 21 Thunder (Netflix)
Many years ago, there was an addictive football-related drama called Footballers’ Wives. While 21 Thunder doesn’t venture as far into sordid territory as the previously mentioned show, it does look at all aspects of footballers’ lives — from the fame and internal politics to the temptations and rise and fall associated with the top level of the sport.
In other words, it’s all about the crucial events on and off the field.
2 We Must Go (Showmax)
For the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Pharoas became the second team in Africa to book their place in Russia after topping their Group with a game to spare. But fate did not always look kindly on the Egypt national side.
This documentary gives fans of the North Africans, and of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, a look back at everything the North Africans went through after 2012, when they got a new coach, focusing on their struggle to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
3 Class of ’92: Out of Their League (Netflix)
Manchester United fans will be familiar with the fabled Class of ’92, which produced a golden generation of players who won the famous treble in 1999 under Sir Alex Ferguson’s tutelage.
Class of ’92: Out of Their League is a documentary that follows Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, and the Neville brothers as they buy shares in Salford FC and attempt to turn the club’s fortunes around.
Will they bring some of Fergie’s magic to their new club or is Salford one hurdle too far for the former superstars?
4 Sunderland ‘Til I Die
Sunderland might not be a Champions League – or even English Premiership – side nowadays, but it boasts a fanbase quite like no other in England.
Even when the times are tough and the team suffers relegation, the fans still get behind the club and support the team. Sunderland ‘Til I Die is a no-holds-barred documentary that follows The Black Cats as the football club does its best to bounce back from a string of bad luck and misfortunes.
5 Men in the Arena (Showmax)
Part of the allure of football is how it can change people’s lives.
Whether you’re rich or poor, it doesn’t discriminate as long as you have the talent and dedication to become the best in the world.
Men in the Arena follows two Somalian footballers as they chase after what seems like an impossible dream. It’s an uplifting story that showcases the power and resilience of the human spirit.