By now, many of us are stuck at home pretending to work and are desperate for some football.
While we highly recommend watching clips of Ronaldo at his brilliant best on YouTube, you’re going to need something with a bit more substance sooner or later, right?
Luckily for you, we’ve jotted down seven of the best football-related shows, films and documentaries that you can watch right now on Netflix.
1 Sunderland ‘Til I Die
Captivating and, at times, heart-breaking, Sunderland ‘Til I Die has become a Netflix favourite among football fans.
Season one – which comprises of eight-episodes – follows Sunderland’s 2017/18 campaign in the Championship after their relegation from the Premier League and charts the highs and lows of their run in the second tier.
With some incredible behind-the-scenes access, you really get a sense of how things went from bad to worse for the Black Cats in this ill-fated season; from the point of view of the players, the staff and fans.
Season two is on its way too, and is set to drop on April 1.
2 Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager
For those of us lucky enough (and old enough) to remember Bobby Robson, this feature-length documentary film is nothing less than a poignant and touching tribute to one of English football’s greatest heroes.
The film features interviews with several high-profile characters in football, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Ronaldo, Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker, and dives into his career as England manager – including his reactions to Diego Maradona’s infamous ‘hand of God’ goal in 1986 – along with his time at Ipswich Town and his last job with hometown club Newcastle.
3 First Team: Juventus
Documenting Juve’s all-conquering 2017/18 season, First Team: Juventus doesn’t tell you anything you didn’t know already about the most dominant team in the Serie A.
But there’s plenty of good off-field bits, including lots of Gianluigi Buffon and sprinklings of Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain, thanks to the incredible access Netflix had to the team.
You also get to see a unique view into some of the more significant moments of Juventus’ season including their Champions League defeat to Barcelona, the celebrations during the 120th anniversary of the club, and their title-deciding clashes with Napoli and Inter.
But best of all is perhaps the madness of that Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid.
4 Boca Juniors Confidential
Ever wondered about one of South America’s biggest clubs?
Boca Juniors Confidential is a four-part series that follows Boca’s fight for a 33rd league title, and much like First Team: Juventus offers an exclusive fly-on-the-wall view into life at the most successful club in Argentina.
Several of the club’s better-known players feature, including lots of Carlos Tevez, as well as a unique view into what the club means to its famously passionate fan base.
5 Becoming Champions
For those of you disappointed that there’ll be no international football this summer, then perhaps this nine-episode series is for you.
Becoming Champions takes an in-depth look at each nation that has won the World Cup and the stories behind those winning teams.
England fans will be especially interested in episode five – You Only Win Once – which looks at the Three Lions’ triumph on home soil in 1966.
6 Maradona in Mexico
While many of us are waiting for Asif Kapadia’s brilliant documentary film Diego Maradona to come to Netflix, we’re happy to settle with the quirkier Maradona in Mexico for now.
This seven-part series, with episodes averaging around 35 minutes long, details the Argentina legend’s first season as manager of Mexican second division side Dorados de Sinaloa – situated in gang-ravaged Culiacan.
What could go wrong?
Full of the former great’s passion and eccentricity, this series is very much about the man behind the persona.
It can bonkers at times, especially when you listen into Maradona’s team talks, but also heart-warming and filled with feel-good moments.
7 Barca Dreams
Can you name a more stellar cast of players than Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerad Pique and Lionel Messi?
They’re all here in this two-hour long film detailing the history and philosophies of Barcelona, culminating in the Golden Generation of players from their La Masia academy.
Detailing its foundation, thanks to football pioneer Joan Gamper, through to the glory days, Barca Dreams captures the essence of being a part of Barcelona and plenty of their rivalry with Real Madrid.
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