We’re all going to need a little distraction in these strange times, and there’s hours of it here: a selection of some of the best documentaries freely available to watch on the internet. You’re welcome
Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos
The tale of how a team that nobody watched in a country where nobody cared suddenly had Pele in their side, via money, chutzpah and a full-frontal photoshoot.
The Summer Football Came Home: England Euro 96
If you watch this documentary about England at Euro 96 enough times, Gazza might eventually just reach that cross.
The Game Of Their Lives: North Korea and the 1966 World Cup
No-hopers and unknowns, how North Korea beat Italy and formed an unlikely affinity with Middlesbrough.
Next Goal Wins
The story of the American Samoa national team’s quest to no longer be the worst in the world
Orient: Club For A Fiver
Bring your dinner.
There’s Only One Barry Fry
You know those films where you watch them and think “how did this get made?” You’ll say that about a billion times with this one.
Graham Taylor: An Impossible Job
The context is a little different now that everyone knows what a genuinely decent and kind human Graham Taylor was, but it’s still an extraordinary piece of work.
Premier Passions: Sunderland
Notorious at the time for its fruity language, this is the story of Peter Reid and Sunderland, trying to stay in the Premier League.
ESPN: The Mysteries of the Jules Rimet Trophy
Mysteries, plural. Because there are many. Worth watching if only for the remarkable bungling which led to the trophy being nicked in 1966. And Edward Norton’s almost sarcastically apathetic voiceover.
Copa 90: This Is Napoli
All of Copa90’s ‘This Is…’ series are worth watching, but this one on Napoli is particularly fine.
Clough: The Brian Clough Story
Apologies for Geoff Boycott being the thumbnail for this one.
Cantona: Return of the King
The story of Eric Cantona’s comeback from his ban in 1995.
Football’s Greatest: Ronaldo