It has been an unusual year in terms of sport for fans around the world. The suspension of leagues around the globe meant that we went months without seeing any live action earlier in the year. The lack of live action meant that a lot of people turned to documentaries in order to get their sporting fix, and there are no shortage of dramatic and enjoyable ones available for fans of all sports to watch at present. These are some of the documentaries that you must watch this year.
The Last Dance
There aren’t many better sports documentaries that you can invest your time in than The Last Dance. The whole world was talking about this series when the episodes were being released weekly earlier in the year, and for good reason. The Last Dance follows the career of Michael Jordan throughout the 90s, as the Chicago Bulls built up to their final season as a team, and a chance to win their third straight NBA title.
The series particularly focuses on Jordan, and the impact that he had on this all-conquering Bulls team, but there are also interesting interviews with other stars from the team including Scotty Pippin and Dennis Rodman. It is as interesting of a documentary as you can expect to watch, as it highlights precisely the mentality that winning teams have.
All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur
The All Or Nothing documentaries on Amazon Prime have become hugely popular with sports fans, as previous seasons have focused on Manchester City and the New Zealand rugby union national side. However, the most entertaining of the seasons’ that has been released to date focuses on Tottenham Hotspur. The series was released at the end of August and focused on a season of turmoil at the club. Viewers will see the club fire Mauricio Pochettino, before replacing him with Jose Mourinho.
Meanwhile, there are numerous interesting elements surrounding clashes between players, with cameras capturing the moment at half-time as Hueng Min-Son and Hugo Lloris nearly come to blows. There is also the compelling final episodes that focus on the effects on the coronavirus pandemic on the club, and how Spurs reacted.
One of the most recent sports documentaries to be released on Netflix focuses on the enigmatic French footballer Nicolas Anelka. Instead of being a series of episodes, this documentary is a feature-length 94-minute documentary. However, that doesn’t stop it from being an interesting watch, especially if you are a fan of one of the clubs that the Frenchman played for throughout his career.
The documentary touches on a variety of controversial moments throughout his career, including the quenelle celebration during his days at West Bromwich Albion and his part in the French national team’s strike during the 2010 World Cup. There are a plethora of well-respected footballers and managers in the documentary, with legendary figures such as Theirry Henry, Didier Drogba and Arsene Wenger all included.