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Pelé Netflix Doc (Out Now) Proof We’re In Golden Age Of Sports Films

A new movie about Brazilian soccer great Pelé is the latest in a series of documentaries in what has been described as a golden age of sports film.

Documentaries about American basketball player Michael Jordan, Argentine footballer Diego Maradona and Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna have transfixed fans with their insider look at the performance and personality of the biggest global sports stars.

Top 10 Soccer Movies Ranked

The Top 10 Soccer Movies Of All Time

10. Looking for Eric (2009)

9. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

8. Diego Maradona (2019)

7. Green Street Hooligans (2005)

6. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

5. Africa United (2010)

4. The Damned United (2009)

3. Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

2. The Two Escobars (2010)

1. Next Goal Wins (2014)

This Corner Kick Routine Is Straight Out Of A Disney Channel Original Movie

Whether it’s Kicking & Screaming, Ted Lasso or my personal favorite Pups United, Hollywood is genuinely obsessed with “running plays” when attempting to dramatize the game of soccer. 

Without a quarterback, point guard, catcher, timeouts or commercial breaks to dream up some sort of grand vision that topples the antagonist, screenwriters freak the hell out when confronted by the flowing, off the cuff ingenuity that defines the beautiful game. 

Watch: Official Pelé Trailer For Netflix Documentary

Is Pelé the greatest of all time? Did Diego Maradona’s accomplishments surpass the Brazilian’s? Are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same conversation? All of these questions are hard to answer because most soccer fans alive today never watched Pelé play in his prime. That could change with this upcoming Netflix documentary, and the official Pelé trailer was released on Thursday.

Cosmoball Looks Like The Epic Sci-Fi Soccer Movie We Didn’t Know We Needed

Soccer has had plenty of TV and movie adaptations in recent years. Filmmakers have produced everything from historic fiction (The English Game), thrilling documentaries (Diego Maradona, Sunderland ’Til I Die and Amazon’s All Or Nothing series) and even heartfelt comedies (Ted Lasso).

All The New Soccer Movies And TV Shows Set To Be Released In 2021

Almost 365 days later and we’re still in quarantine — oh, the look on your face if I could’ve told you this last March. But don’t fear, good TV is still here! The best soccer movies and TV shows promised in 2021 are compiled below. We’ll update this list when we hear of more.

Best Soccer Movies 2021

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Netflix Shells Out $20M For New David Beckham Documentary

David Beckham has closed a $20 million deal with Netflix for his new documentary. The former England captain will be the subject of a documentary, co-produced by his production company, Studio 99. The documentary will take viewers inside Beckham's rise to fame as a soccer player and international icon.

Freddy Adu's Movie Reviews: Rotten Stouffer's

Freddy Adu needs no introduction. After Sierra Mist told everyone he'd fix the ozone layer as a 14-year-old boy wonder, he instead went on to play professional soccer for 15 years while representing his country 17 times. A lot of people still aren’t happy about that and want him to get up there and fix that damn part of the stratosphere, but we say leave him alone. 

The last we saw from Mr. Adu out on the pitch was when he volleyed home an acrobatic effort for the Las Vegas Lights back in 2018. Have some.

Jill Ellis And José Mourinho Star In New Netflix Documentary ‘The Playbook’

Haven’t gotten enough of José Mourinho over the past 20 years or through All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur? Well he’s forcing his way onto your TV screen again through the medium of a new Netflix documentary titled The Playbook, which releases globally on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

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