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20 Sports documentaries on Netflix to watch after The Last Dance

The recently released The Last Dance is one of the most popular shows on Netflix right now, and that’s no surprise, who doesn’t love the incredible athlete and inspiration that is Michael Jordan?! The series follows the Chicago Bulls during their 1997-1998 season, when they were two times defending champions. The series reworks footage from a film crew that had an all-access pass at the time.

But once you get through all ten episodes, how will you cope with the withdrawal? Well here are 20 other sports documentaries and docuseries that are also available on Netflix to help fill the void.

Antoine Greizmann: The Making of a Legend

This 2019 movie looks at the career of Antoine Griezmann, a French football star that made a name for himself as a forward in  Spain playing for Real Sociedad and then Atletico Madrid. We follow as his career flourishes and he is part of the team that won the FIFA World Cup for France in 2018. It lifts the curtain on just how difficult and competitive it is to find a place in world-class football today.

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

This is a documentary about a Baseball team with a difference. The Portland Mavericks plated five seasons in the Class A-Short Season Northwest League from 1973-1977. But unlike most of the other teams, they were independent with no affiliations to the major leagues, so they could do what they pleased. The team was owned by Bing Russell, and his son Kurt Russell, who also played on the team, features in the film.

Boca Juniors Confidential

This 2018 docuseries takes us into the locker room of one of the most popular football teams in football-crazy Argentina, Boca Juniors. The four episodes take us through a typical season starting with pre-season training and finishing with their championship race.

The Carter Effect

Another one for basketball fans, this documentary dips into the career of Vince Carter, who played in Canada for the Toronto Raptors. We seem him starting out as a young rookie, and growing to become one of the most important players in Canada, ever. We also see the slow decline of his career, which is a sad reality for so many professional athletes.

Cheer

If you don’t think that cheerleading is a sport, this docuseries might change your mind. It follows the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team as they prepare to compete in the national championship. While it certainly feels like something from the Bring it On universe, it provides an interesting insight into the history of cheerleading in the United States.

Counter Punch

This 2017 documentary film follows three boxers, all at different stages in their careers, and the vert different challenges that they face. It also looks at how the emergence of different styles of fighting has changed boxing and created new challenges for those passionate about the sport.

Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians

If you aren’t from a “cricket country” it can be difficult to understand what all the fuss is about, but this wight part lifts the lid a little. Set in India, where cricket is king, it follows the Mumbai team as they defend their title in 2017. Learn about the sport, and why the fans are just as fanatic as football hooligans in England.

First Team: Juventus

This six-part docuseries is all about the Italian football club Juventus FC and takes a look behind the scenes during their 2017-2018 season. Get to know the individual players idolized by fans across Italy, and see the preparation for the celebration of 120 years of the club.

The Game Changers

This 2108 documentary film looks more at the science of sport as it shares the stories of athletes on a plant-based diet and how switching from a meat-heavy diet has transformed their performance. Whether you agree with the science or not, digging into the health and training routine of UFC fighter James Wilks is fascinating. You might also get a glimpse inside Arnold Schwarzenegger’s refrigerator.

Gold Stars: The Story of the FIFA World Cup Tournaments

The FIFA World Cup is one of the most popular shows on earth, and you will often find people recounting the moments that meant the most to them, sometimes from 40 years ago. Relive some of those moments in this film that shows some of the best goals and the feats of some of the leading players that have featured in the tournament.

Icarus

Taking us into the darker side of sport, this 2017 documentary film It was born when Director Brian Fogel was offered doping option to help him with an amateur cycling race, and he inadvertently uncovered an international doping scandal with the help of Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory.

Ice Guardians

In hockey, enforcers are the people put out on the ice to beat and crush other players in order to give their team an advantage. This 2016 documentary film looks at what this really means for both the enforcers and the victims. It also looks at the fate of the players that have been pushed into this role as the league tries to clean up its cat.

Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story

Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang is the first and only Taiwanese player ever to have been signed by the New York Yankees, and making it in the American league was an uphill battle for him. When it looks like his career will be cut short by a series of injuries, he manages to do the impossible to continue living his dream.

The Least Expected Day: Inside the Movistar Team 2019

This docuseries takes us deep into the Movistar cycling team, one of the world’s most successful cycling tour teams. We see how the team plans, strategizes and trains to take on the bog tournaments each year.

Losers

When we watch sports, we always have our eyes on the winners. But what about the people that train and dedicate themselves to their passion, and then lose? This docuseries interviews athletes that have experienced defeats. It looks at how they felt and what it changed for them, and how many of them were able to turn it into a positive experience.

The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

A change of pace this series mixes sport and murder as it follows the murder trial of American football star Aaron Hernandez and tries to unravel both how he was able to commit the crimes while maintaining his life, and what in his life may have shaped him into the kind of man who could commit these crimes.

The Perfect Day

French soccer players, celebrities and fans talk about their 1998 World Cup with and what it meant for them, the country, and the sport. What may seem like a self-indulgent premise is palpably emotional.

The Redeemed and the Dominant: Fittest on Earth

This 2109 documentary film looks at some of the fittest people on earth and how they seem to be able to do the undoable and push the boundaries of what the human body is capable of. Filmed during a major international competition, it also throws a light on what competition can do to the human psyche.

Ronda Rousey Story: Through My Father’s Eyes

This documentary film looks at the popular UFC fighter who helped pave the way for many of the women now leading the sport. It looks at her background as an aspiring Olympian athlete, and focusses on her relationship with her father, who always pushed her to win. Ultimately, it tries to make a celebrity seem a little more down to earth.

The Short Game

Adults don’t have a monopoly on sports competition, as this documentary about 7 and 8-year-old golfers shows. Produced by celebrity couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, it looks at the 2012 Kid Gold World Championship, and just how dedicated some of these youngsters are to the sport.

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