The Best Sports Documentaries to Stream in 2022

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Streaming sites are packed with great series to watch both from here in the US and worldwide.

Whatever your genre, be it horror or thriller, comedy or drama, you can stream something right now worth watching that you haven’t seen. Netflix, Amazon Prime and a host of other providers make sure that you can watch TV 24 hours a day, seven days a week and never see a repeat. Or, if you prefer, watch all day, every day and simply keep going over the same material. After all, is there really anyone out there who hasn’t watched Breaking Bad at least twice?

If you’re into sports, there are always live games to watch from different teams and sports, but documentaries also put some color into the outlines. It’s all well and good watching a race on the weekend or a game on a Sunday, but what about the Tuesday morning you have off work? There’s no game to watch, but you need not worry; there are some great programs all about your heroes, previous legends and tales of success in the face of adversity.

Don’t believe us? You should. Check out these great sports documentaries you can watch right now that maybe you hadn’t previously considered.

Senna

Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna shone bright and burned quickly. His rivalry with Alain Prost gave Formula 1 something to sell in the years after James Hunt and Nicki Lauda’s feud. The late eighties saw Formula 1 become safer, which brought more exciting maneuvers and sensational racing. Senna added charisma and flair to that, pushing his car and the technology beyond what many thought was capable. This documentary, put together using real footage of his life, demonstrates how great he truly was. By the end, you’ll be in floods of tears at the loss of a truly remarkable human being.

Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager

Bobby Robson was an English football manager who made headlines around the world. In 1990, he took England to the World Cup semi-final, previously managing unfancied Ipswich Town to a UEFA Cup triumph. In 1995, he was given just months to live but went on to win two Portuguese titles with Porto and a Cup Winners Cup with Barcelona. He returned to his beloved Newcastle in 1999 and managed until 2004. The Magpies could do with someone of his ilk now; they’re still among the favourites for relegation from the Premier League in the current Ladbrokes odds. Sir Bobby, knighted in 2002, managed there until 2004 and didn’t suffer relegation once, and his statue stands proud outside Newcastle’s ground to this day. This is his story, one of a truly great man revered by soccer fans today.

Ice Guardians

If it’s a bit of traditional US sport you’re after, then there’s nothing better than Ice Guardians. It has a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and gives fans of NHL a real insight into some of the more brutal aspects of being an enforcer on the ice. Brett Harvey directs a film complete with a thumping soundtrack, strong messages around the evolution of the sport and, of course, a few fights thrown in. It throws up a question around the future of enforcers, although as yet, the role has not been done away with completely. Indeed, Kurtis MacDermid is a current enforcer, hunting success with the Colorado Avalanche, six years after this film questioned the role’s validity. It’s an interesting commentary on a controversial on-ice role for NHL fans.

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