In between World Cup games, stream these fan favourite documentaries about the beautiful game on Showmax.

These movies and series about some of the most infamous stars, clashes and teams in the history of football are all available to stream or download on Showmax, perfect binge-watch fodder while you’re waiting for the next World Cup game to kick off in Russia.

1. Ronaldo

The Portugal and Real Madrid forward has made headlines around the globe recently, and only one of those is directly related to his right (or left) boot. On the same day as the Spain-Portugal game last weekend, it was announced that Spanish courts had ruled that Ronaldo would have to accept a fine of almost 20 million Euros and a suspended prison sentence for tax evasion. Then came his hat trick in the game against Spain, and, just hours later, a new bust of his face was unveiled at Madeira Airport (the original had been widely mocked because of its complete lack of resemblance to Ronaldo). This documentary was filmed in 2014-2015 and gives detailed insight into the man who has become one of the world’s biggest sports stars. Watch now »

2. We Must Go


Fans of the North Africans may appreciate a look back at everything the team has been through since 2012, when they got a new coach, and had to struggle to qualify for the 2014 World Cup when rueing their team’s 1-0 loss against Uruguay last week. (At the time of writing, the outcome of Salah, who had been declared fit despite his shoulder injury, and team on Tuesday night against Russia is still up in the air - thanks to this documentary, we’re rooting for the Pharoas.) Watch now »

3. Men in the Arena (First and only on Showmax)

Their country has been devastated by war. But two friends have big dreams, taking them to the Somali national football team and beyond, against all odds. This heartwarming documentary is only on Showmax. Watch now »

4. Football’s Greatest

Ronaldinho. Alan Shearer. Thierry Henry. Each episode in this 2017 documentary series gives you an inside look at the lives and careers of these phenomenal football legends. Watch now »

5. FIFA World Cup Shocks

This week of the World Cup sees some of the most highly anticipated games of the group stages, including Belgium versus first-time World Cup qualifiers Panama, and France versus Peru on Thursday at 17:00 SA time. While we eagerly await some serious upsets, relive these games from previous tournaments when underdog teams went on to claim spectacular victories, such as North Korea’s win against Italy in England in 1996 and the US beating Portugal 3-2 in South Korea in 2002. This 25-minute documentary proves that the favourite doesn’t always win. Watch now »

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