As sporting events all around the world gear up to get back in action, here is a list of some of the best sports docu-series that you can watch, just to get you into the mood as you brace yourselves for all the excitement that your favourite games will bring.
Cribs: Footballers Stay Home (Voot Select)
Cribs: Footballers Stay Home is a special series adapted for the lockdown era, featuring the homes of famous football players. The series will feature a number of well-known footballers from the biggest leagues in the world, including Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz, England and Manchester United Midfielder Jesse Lingard, Argentina and Juventus footballer Paulo Dybala,Brazil and Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, Belgian footballing legend Axel Witsel and FIFA 2017 female player of the year, Lieke Martens. Watch the premiere featuring Axel Witsel & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at 8PM, every Tuesday on Vh1 India.
The Last Dance (Netflix)
The Last Dance showcases the rise of the 1990's Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA, and arguably the most iconic sporting figure of all times. The documentary features interviews with virtually every important figure in Jordan's career, from his mother, to former teammates, to musicians and stars like Justin Timberlake. Packed with unaired footage from the 1997-98-season the docu-series is undoubtedly one of the best watch of this year.
Like all great documentaries, Icarus isn’t about what it was initially supposed to be about. In this Oscar winning series, filmmaker Bryan Fogel set out to investigate the use of steroids in professional cycling, what he found instead was the man behind one of the largest doping scandals in the history of world athletics. Icarus won the Oscar award for Best Documentary Feature in 2017.
Free Solo (Disney+Hotstar)
An award-winning special, Free Solo is a dramatic portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, who prepares to achieve his life-long dream of climbing the face of the 3,300ft El Capitan rock in Yosemite National Park.
The Test (Amazon Prime Video)
The Test is a New Era for Australia’s Team, is a docu-series showcasing the much-celebrated Australian Men’s Cricket. A nerve wracking offering for lovers of the sport, the series showcases behind-the-scenes look at how one of the world’s best cricket teams fell from grace and fought back to reclaim their title and integrity.
Formula one-Drive to Survive (Netflix)
Covering the 2018 and 2019 Formula One championships, Formula one-Drive to Survive is a one-of-a-kind viewing experience for fans of Formula One. For the ones who don’t know, Formula One is a complex, technical sport and one that can clearly not be understood overnight. But once you get into the setup of cars and the different specifications, it feels more like a lesson in physics than a sport. Watch it to witness drivers, managers and owners live life in the fast lane-both on and off the track- during each cut-throat season of Formula One racing.