Saido Mane & The Top 5 Football Documentaries To Watch

Oluwole Ola

If you’re a football fan with nothing to do then we may just have the solution for you.

Some of you may have already turned to watching films or documentaries about the beautiful game to take your mind off the coronavirus pandemic.

Also Read: Mane Donates 18 Million Naira To Fight Coronavirus In Senegal

There are plenty of timeless classics you can sink your teeth into but a new one that’s come up is the documentary about Liverpool star Sadio Mane.

Sadio Mane: Made in Senegal (2020)

Made in Senegal is about the forward’s rise from poverty in his homeland to becoming one of the finest players in the world, which is available for fans from Wednesday.

The Senegal international’s rise to stardom has been nothing short of spectacular, having grown up in humble beginnings in a small village called Bambali.

But following a successful trial in capital city Dakar, he was signed for Senegalese football academy Generation Foot before getting a move to French club Metz.

This documentary sheds light on how Mane eventually became a star player for Liverpool and even how Jurgen Klopp didn’t rate him when he first saw him!

You can watch the documentary for free if you sign up for a Rakuten TV account via its website.

All or Nothing: Manchester City (2018)
We should warn all devout Manchester United fans in advance to stay away from this one.

All joking aside though, this is the perfect football documentary for those who want an insight into what some of the best players in world football and one of the best managers in Pep Guardiola did behind the scenes during their incredible 2017/18 campaign.

City won the Premier League and Carabao Cup that season and their dominance in England was sensational. The eight episodes of All or Nothing cover all bases at the club, from Guardiola’s thoughts, the players’ personalities to their crazy kitman. It’s not one to miss.

Diego Maradona (2019)
He’s without question one of the best footballers of all time but he’s also one of the craziest. This is why Diego Maradona, the film about the Argentine’s sublime career and colourful life, is guaranteed to entertain you.

Directed by Asif Kapadia, who was behind 2010 film Senna, Diego Maradona centres around the World Cup winner’s days at Napoli which saw him win Serie A in 1987 and 1990.

It also covers the time when Maradona was struggling with drug addiction as well as his dangerous associations with members of the region’s notorious criminal underworld. This one is not for the faint-hearted.

How do you watch it? Well, it’s available on Amazon Prime and DVD, or if money’s a bit tight you can catch it on All 4 as it was on Channel 4 back in March.

Sunderland ‘Til I Die (2018-present)
For those of you are slightly twisted and don’t want to see a happy ending then maybe you should tune into Netflix’s Sunderland ‘Til I Die. The Man City series is an example of where everything goes right but Sunderland’s is an example of where things go horribly, horribly wrong.

Series 1 takes viewers through the highs and many lows of the 2017/18 season which saw the Black Cats get relegated from the Championship, having gone down from the Premier League the year before.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom with Sunderland ‘Til I Die. The documentary returned for a second series on April 1 (no joke), with the club a giant in League One under owner Stewart Donald and former manager Jack Ross.

Sunderland fans may want to skip the bit where they’re playing in last season’s play-off final though…

‘Sunderland would be irrelevant in football without the Netflix documentary’

The Class of 92 (2013)
Fear not Man United fans, we’ve got a documentary that shows just how great your club is, which comes at no extra cost with an Amazon Prime subscription.

Five years before All or Nothing was released, Amazon did a film about Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous academy graduates from 1992.

David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Gary and Phil Neville all achieved great things at Old Trafford and this documentary outlines their journey into the first-team and to the pinnacle of club football.

And the rest, as they say, is history…

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