The Class of ’92 and five other brilliant football documentaries
Next week, a new documentary titled The Class of ’92 is released on DVD. The documentary chronicles the rise of six Manchester United footballers from FA Youth Cup to Champions League winners and how it changed their lives forever.
The film, which has been put together by Gabe and Ben Turner, looks at the careers of David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and brothers Gary and Phil Neville, charting the success they enjoyed with Manchester United.
The documentary is heartening, full of new and insightful interview footage and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s not the only brilliant football doc that’s around on DVD. Here are 10 others for you:
The Four Year Plan
This documentary presents a fly-on-the-wall look at the goings on at Queens Park Rangers after they were taken over in 2007 by a consortium of billionaires including steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, consultancy supremo Alejandro Agag and former Formula One tycoon Flavio Briatore.
The film showcases the tantrums, hirings and firings (they went through a total of seven managers during that time, including one who lasted just one month) and shambolic happenings at the club.
A lot of it is toe-curling to watch, but you can’t take your eyes off it.
The Two Escobars
In 2010, Jeff and Michael Zimbalist put together this film, which chronicles the tragic death of Columbia defender Andrés Escobar after his own goal in the 1994 World Cup resulted in Columbia being knocked out of the tournament.
Escobar was shot by Humberto Castro Muñoz - a security guard working for the notorious drug barons Pedro and Juan Gallón - who was subsequently sentenced to 11 years in prison for the crime.
The film is a fascinating, in-depth look at the relationship between Columbia’s hugely powerful drug cartels and the 1994 World Cup squad, as well as the bribery and corruption that reigned in Bogotá.
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
Not strictly a documentary, but a captivating watch nonetheless. This film saw directors Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon use 17 synchronised cameras to capture every graceful flick and pinpoint pass ZiZou made during a La Liga game against Villarreal CF.
As well as showcasing the wonderful talent of one of the best footballers to ever grace the planet, it also features a brilliant, swoon-worthy score by Scottish epic rockers Mogwai.
England – Do I Not Like That
This documentary chronicles Graham Taylor’s ill-fated spell in charge of the England football team. During the disastrous qualifying campaign for the 1994 World Cup, the former Watford manager faced almost unprecedented levels of criticism from fans and journalists. It’s harrowing and makes you feel more pity than anything else for the hapless Taylor, but its level of access is unparalleled.
Once In A Lifetime
This 2006 documentary told the story of the rise and fall of the New York Cosmos, a club that once boasted Pele and Franz Beckenbauer among those on its roster. Narrated by veteran actor Matt Dillon, the film is an eye-opening journey into the inner workings of the Cosmos and the North American Soccer League.
The Class of ’92 is released on Monday December 2. You can watch the trailer below.