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Up Your Knowledge With 8 Of The Biggest Sport Documentaries To Watch On Netflix

By Jessica Best
16th Apr 2020

Sport leagues around the world may well and truly be halted for now but you can rest assured that Netflix has your back.

Housing a number of huge documentaries on some of the biggest athletes, teams, races and scandals, you’ll find pretty much all you need to fill that sporting void in your life.

Here are all the best sport documentaries to watch on Netflix.

The Carter Effect 

No doubt you’ve watched the movie Coach Carter more than once so now it’s time for you to take a real step back in history. In his latest documentary (filmed back in 2017), Sean Menard will give you an unprecedented look at the iconic Vince Carter — the six-foot-six, eight-time NBA All-Star from Daytona Beach who made waves in the Canadian basketball scene when he joined the Raptors in 1998.

Ronda Rousey Story: Through My Father’s Eyes

When Ronda Rousey became the first female UFC champion, she achieved more than athletic glory — she realized her late father’s belief that she would make her greatest dreams come true. The Ronda Rousey Story: Through My Father’s Eyes follows Ronda’s inspiring journey to superstardom, weaving revealing interviews with dynamic fight footage to create a portrait of a remarkable and fearless woman who overcame all odds to become a symbol of strength, hope, and female empowerment.

Formula 1: Drive To Survive

We know — the world of racecar driving is definitely not for everyone but hear us out. This docu-series (which now spans two seasons) is a gripping, high-octane insight into one of the biggest racing comps in the world (which is a mammoth multi-billion dollar industry). It goes into the world of Formula 1 driving, behind the families, the teams and the drivers in the ultimate fight to be number one.

First Team: Juventus

So, Juventus has been the most valuable football club in Italy since 2014 with a huge move back in 2018 completely shaking up the world of soccer. The team’s worth skyrocketed to almost $1.5 billion and then even higher with the addition of a little (read: big) someone called Christiano Ronaldo. This docuseries goes behind the scenes of Juventus FC and follows the club during the 2017-2018 period both on and off the field, at home and even on the road. You’ll be able to kick up your heels and binge two massive seasons of this one.

Icarus

A little left of centre but none the list very worthy of this list, this documentary takes a closer look into one of the most controversial athletic scandals in history — doping. Filmmaker, Bryan Fogel, who also has a keen interest in cycling volunteers himself as a human guinea pig to test whether he can complete a successful doping regimen without being detected by the sport’s intense drug testing procedure. He invests in the help of a Russian scientist — Putin’s most wanted whistle-blower to help cheat the drug test, uncovering insights about the biggest scandal in sporting history. 

The Redeemed And The Dominant: Fittest On Earth

In 2017 the fittest athletes on Earth took on four of the most intense days of competition in CrossFit Games history. The Redeemed and the Dominant: Fittest on Earth captures all the drama as top athletes (who might we add, resemble chiselled Grecian gods) descend on Madison, Wisconsin, to face a series of athletic trials. In this comp, emotions run high as a throng of Australian athletes rise to the top and by the end of the competition, some learn tough lessons.

The Game Changers

If you’re keen to get around one of the most hyped documentaries right now, hit up The Game Changers. Directed by the Oscar award-winning Louie Psihoyos (who you know from The Cove), and produced by Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron, this revolutionary new film delves into everything you need to know about meat, protein and strength. We won't say you'll be an avid plant-based eater by the end of this one, but by god, you'll never look at meat the same again.

Cheer

Some are calling it the best series to ever hit streaming services... and we'd back that. Netflix’s documentary series Cheer follows the competitive cheerleaders of Navarro College in Corsicana, TX. How many full-outs will they achieve? Who will make mat? And which team is destined for greatness at Daytona? Led by Monica Aldama, the small junior college has won 14 National Championships since 2000. The stakes on the mat are high, but for these athletes, the only thing more brutal than their workouts and more exceptional than their performances are the stories of adversity and triumph behind the team members themselves (team Jerry all the way). The Navarro College cheerleaders face injuries, sacrifice, personal setbacks and triumphs, all leading up to one nail-biting and adrenaline-pumping final competition at the National Championship.

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