Football Fix: What to watch during isolation

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With Coronavirus forcing football at all levels to postpone, many are looking for some form of football related entertainment.

If you are like me and getting tired of Stockport Country on Football Manager, then you will inevitably be looking for something to watch. So here is a list of football related movies, shows and documentaries to keep you entertained.

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Next Goal Wins (2014)

The British documentary is centred around the American Samoa national team. As most Australian football fans know, they were the side at the wrong end of a record breaking 31-0 loss against the Socceroos in 2001. The film follows the side as they prepare to enter the qualifying rounds of 2014 FIFA World Cup. They had never won a game and brought in Dutch born American, Thomas Rongen to coach the side with the hope of finally getting a good result. Despite all their poor results in the past, they all just love football. It’s definitely one to watch.

You can currently watch this for free on SBS On Demand by clicking here.

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Sunderland ‘Til I die (2018)

The Netflix series follows the rather unfortunate Sunderland AFC, and their passionate fans, following their Premier League relegation in the 2016/17 season. The club struggled through their season in the Championship, with an owner who really did not want to put money into the club, plenty of poor results and three different managers. The series shows viewers the highs and lows of ‘The Black Cats’ 2017/18 season, with more lows than anything, and makes for excellent viewing. With season two also recently released, there is plenty for football fans to watch.

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The English Game (2020)

Another one from Netflix here. ‘The English Game’ is a historical drama about the origins of the sport and those that were heavily involved in influencing the sport. There are two separate classes, being the Etonians and the factory workers, that reach across the divide to establish what has become the most popular sport in the world. Granted, reviews are mixed, but it is still worth watching.

The Class of ’92 (2013 and 2015)

This one is both a one-off movie and a short docuseries. The film follows some legendary footballers; David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes on their journey from winning the 1992 FA Youth Cup to their 1999 Champions League triumph. The series follows all of the players, with the exception of Beckham, as they bought non-league club (at the time) Salford City FC. Both tell some great stories about legends of the sport. A well-received aspect of the movie is how it focuses on the players’ friendships away from the sport.

You can ‘rent’ the movie on YouTube for $3.99. The series is harder to find, but with some digging on Google you can find a way.

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Maradona in Mexico (2019)

Diego Maradona is one of the most divisive figures in football. If he is not hitting the ball into goal with his hand, then he is just generally being a nuisance (see his actions at the 2018 World Cup). Anyway, the docuseries follows Maradona coaching Dorados de Sinaloa as they sit bottom of the Primera Division de Mexico. In all honesty, the reason I find it to be great viewing is because Maradona is a unique individual. Enjoy.

You can watch this series on Netflix

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Declan Smith
Current Sports Media student at University of Canberra. Average footballer