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Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix And Amazon Prime You Need To Watch

Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix And Amazon Prime You Need To Watch

Tyson: The Movie (Amazon Prime)

Raw honesty from modern-day Iron Mike as he talks you through his frankly nuts boxing career and life, from street thug to heavyweight champ to prison and beyond.

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Knockout action in the ring is matched by unsparing analysis from the man himself.

Ronaldo (Netflix)

Do you assume CR7 just spends his life in a big, glass mansion doing sit-ups and obsessing over winning the Ballon d'Or? Well, you're right!

But this also shows the Real Madrid GOAT as a sympathetic, often isolated figure - albeit one who loves playing a game of 'Which sports car is missing from our mega-garage?' with his son. Classic. It's the Lambo.

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All Or Nothing: Manchester City (Amazon Prime)

Heartwarming story of plucky underdogs somehow winning the Premier League with 100 points, backed only by Gulf state billionaires.

Seriously, this series around City's terrific 2017/18 season won't please everyone - but is a unique insight into Pep Guardiola's methods as a football coach. He's pretty good at it.

Sunderland 'Til I Die (Netflix)

Game of Thrones had less brutal losses than this series, which was meant to show the Black Cats battle for Championship promotion - but instead captured relegation. Again.

The fans' frustrations yet deep-felt devotion is a highlight - and series two is on its way. More popular than pornhub in Newcastle (probably).

Fire In Babylon (Amazon Prime)

Don't like cricket? You'll still love this epic about the West Indies transforming from joke team to swaggering dominators who didn't lose a test series for 15 years.

Deadly fast bowling, amazing soundtrack, political intrigue and Viv Richards - the coolest motherlover ever to don pads.

Icarus (Netflix)

Eye-opening doc about Russia's secret Olympic doping programme, which starts with a simple idea - take drugs on camera to see if they work! - but becomes an astounding, murky thriller.

More twists and turns than your average Diego Maradona run (he does not star).

The Class of '92 (Amazon Prime)

Rise of Beckham, Giggs and the rest of Fergie's fledglings from academy hopefuls to conquering Europe is tied into the rise of Cool Britannia and Britpop (don't tell Noel Gallagher).

Football scenes are still the best though and Becks' description of putting in the corners at the end of that final against Bayern Munich will have your hairs standing on end.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix)

And you thought F1 drivers were just 19 boring millionaires plus Lewis Hamilton. Trust this series - from the producer of the incredible Senna film - to put you right.

Capturing the speed, drama and danger of race day, plus the off-track tension, it's a revealing look at some of F1's smaller teams. Plus some epic crashes to boot.

The Real Sergio Ramos (Amazon Prime)

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Yes! It's the series made famous by the fact they filmed The Handsome One watching on as Real Madrid exited the Champions League to Ajax last season. Please, try not to laugh.

The fact that this was actually filmed during a tough season - "when we hit bottom," as the main man puts it - makes it far more compelling.

Counterpunch (Netflix)

Hard-hitting boxing doc focuses on three American fighters: a prospect, a professional and an amateur - one who's legally changed his name to Cam F Awesome. No joke.

Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins are star talking heads but it's the focus on underdog stories away from the spotlight where Counterpunch picks up the win.

This Is Football (Amazon Prime)

Ultra-dull title is the only boring thing about this genuinely uplifting series.

From the rise of Iceland to super-fans in Africa, who take hope from football during times of war and genocide, it's a heartwarming reminder of the unifying power of kicking a ball around.

Losers (Netflix)

A heavyweight knocked out in the first round, a hapless football club, a golfer ankle-deep in water: this series covers eight humiliations in eight episodes - with not a winner in sight.

Weirdly, it's totally inspirational, as so many of sport's losers find redemption in the end. Also contains the line: "Anybody who goes to a football match expecting to win is an idiot."

Name the club.

Space Jam

Michael Jordan's gritty... Sorry, this this isn't a documentary? What? Our whole lives are a lie.

Topics: Manchester City, Sergio Ramos, Mike Tyson, Netflix Originals, Football, Sunderland, Manchester United, David Beckham, Boxing, Formula 1, All or Nothing, Netflix, Cristiano Ronaldo

Alex Reid

Alex Reid is a writer at SPORTbible who’s previously strung words together for FourFourTwo, Boxing News, The Guardian and, yes, Cruise International (it’s about big ships, not Tom). Interests range from football and boxing to real sports like WWE and darts. He is not a cage fighter.

 

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