Streaming tips for football fans over the Christmas period

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The World Cup is over. If you can’t get enough of football and are bored over Christmas, you’ll find a wide range of ball documentaries in the stream.

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Football documentaries are all the rage. In addition to the major streaming services Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+, the sports platform DAZN now also offers numerous documentary series and films about football and its stars. A selection.

“FC Bayern – Behind the legend” (Prime Video)

The creators of the six-part documentary series “FC Bayern – Behind The Legend” want to show the public a real picture of the inner workings of the German record champions. “It was a huge step for us,” media director Stefan Mennerich said of the possibility of an outside film crew entering the crew booth or conference room. Starting with the Champions League victory in Lisbon in 2020, the mini-series revolves around the 2020/21 season, in which Bayern won the DFL Supercup, the UEFA Supercup and the World Cup. FIFA clubs, but in the DFB Pokal out of favor when they were knocked out in the second round at Second Division Holstein Kiel. History also plays a role. “Everything is fine,” said former goalkeeper and CEO Oliver Kahn. “But my job is to look to the future.”

“All or Nothing” (Prime Video)

The documentary series “All Or Nothing” is dedicated to a professional sports team each season. In addition to series on NFL teams such as the Dallas Cowboys or the Los Angeles Rams, the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and the New Zealand national rugby union team known as the All Blacks, Prime Video now offers five football documentaries. Whether it’s the Brazil national team, Manchester City with star manager Pep Guardiola, Tottenham Hotspur with former manager José Mourinho, Juventus Turin or more recently Arsenal FC,” All Or Nothing” is close. The documentary accompanies players and coaches during the match, in the locker room and during training. Inconvenient things are also shown, for example the protests of fans against Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.

“Neymar: complete chaos” (Netflix)

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He is one of the most famous footballers in the world, but not only caused a sensation with football, but also repeatedly with capers off the pitch. In Neymar: The Complete Chaos, however, controversies play no role. The Brazilian superstar tells his story. His parents, sister, friends and former and current teammates such as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi also have their say. The three-part documentary is most exciting when Neymar and his father talk openly about personal things. “Before, we were father and son”, explains Neymar Jr., a little depressed by his relationship with Neymar Sr., “today we are not so close anymore”.

“Berlin Underground” (DAZN)

The DAZN production already has three seasons. They revolve around Berlin footballers of a generation in which great hopes were placed, but whose careers took very different paths. Among the protagonists are Änis Ben-Hatira, Ashkan Dejagah, Patrick Ebert and Kevin-Prince Boateng. “Underground of Berlin” traces their journey from youth to professional football. Football veterans such as Matthias Sammer, Horst Hrubesch, Hermann Gerland and former Hertha greats including Michael Preetz and Fredi Bobic have their say. The documentary leaves the feeling of a missed opportunity – for Hertha, for the DFB and especially for some players.

“SOS with David Beckham” (Disney+)

He played for the biggest football clubs in the world: Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. But David Beckham has not forgotten his origins. For the scripted documentary series, the 47-year-old returned to east London, where he has already learned to play table football. There he supports the Westward Boys, a team of teenagers who play in the regional youth league. After the guys win various trophies and get promoted, it just doesn’t work anymore. Along with the coaching staff, Beckham wants to lead the Westward Boys back to success. The fact that a lot of “SOS” are staged does not bother us, because the heart of the story remains intact in this sympathetic series.

“The Phenomenon” (DAZN)

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Diego Simeone called him a “bastard because he could do anything”. We are talking about Brazil’s former star striker, Ronaldo. In “Le Phénomène”, a feature documentary, the 1994 and 2002 world football champion recounts his life as a footballer. It’s about three World Cup finals, his world record transfers, his serious injury and a comeback we didn’t think was possible. There are also plenty of records from a time when nobody thought of Cristiano when they heard the word Ronaldo. The 46-year-old, who is now owner and president of Real Valladolid, chats with his friend and former team-mate Roberto Carlos. Former coaches and rivals also speak out in the entertaining film. DAZN has the six-part ‘El Presidente’ series about Ronaldo and Valladolid.

“FIFA Uncovered” (Netflix)

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Around the World Cup in Qatar, FIFA once again became the focus of public criticism. The Netflix documentary ‘FIFA Uncovered’ examines the machinations of the controversial World Football Association in four episodes. It starts with the arrest of numerous FIFA officials in 2015 on suspicion of corruption. Then look back. How did a group of football enthusiasts become the organization it is today? The British newspaper ‘Guardian’ wrote of the four parts as a ‘particularly repulsive cop show’ – so shocking that one is ashamed to be a football fan. One flaw is the interviews with those responsible, such as former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, in which there is not enough persistent investigation.

“The Figo Affair: The transfer that changed football” (Netflix)

Few transfers in the history of football have stirred the spirits as much as the transfer of Luis Figo from FC Barcelona to rival Real Madrid. The Portuguese came to the “Galactic” in 2000 for the then record sum of 62 million euros. Upon his return to Camp Nou with Real, he was met with the hatred of more than 90,000 angry Barca fans. Two years later, Figo was even bombarded with a pig’s head during a corner. Instead of reviewing his entire career, the directors of the documentary “The Figo Affair” focus on the critical stage of his career. A thrilling story about anger, morality, greed and deals worth millions. Besides Figo himself, Pep Guardiola, among others, has his say.

Source: dpa; Publisher: Richard W. Schaber

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