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Sports documentaries and TV shows you can stream right now

There’s hours of sports entertainment to binge-watch at home

From the superb Formula 1: Drive to Survive on Netflix to the excellent All or Nothing series on Amazon Prime Video, there’s hours of sports entertainment to binge-watch when at home. 

Here we pick out some of the best sports documentaries and sports TV shows you can stream right now.

Also check out our list of sports movies to watch on Netflix and Amazon.

The Last Dance

Critics have raved about The Last Dance, which focuses on the career of NBA legend Michael Jordan and his final season with the Chicago Bulls. As proved by its Emmy win, the ten-part documentary series co-produced by ESPN Films and Netflix is not just for sports fans. BBC Sport’s Ciaran Varley reported that The Last Dance overtook Tiger King as the world’s most in-demand documentary. Where to watch: Netflix  

All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur

After reaching the Champions League final in 2019 the following season saw the Amazon cameras go behind the scenes at Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino did not last long as manager with Spurs replacing him with Jose Mourinho. The Special One’s arrival in north London “saved the day” for Amazon, says Radio Times. The latest All or Nothing “needed Mourinho more than they realised”. The series is narrated by star actor Tom Hardy. Where to watch: Amazon Prime  

Formula 1: Drive to Survive

If you liked season one of Formula 1: Drive to Survive then you’ll love season two. Made by the team behind Senna, Amy and Diego Maradona, it’s no surprise that this ten-part series has been such a success. Roll on season three, that’s all we say. Where to watch: Netflix 

Andy Murray: Resurfacing 

This documentary tracks the British tennis star’s journey from 2017 to 2019 as he battles injury, surgery and rehabilitation before returning to the court. Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Shame in the game: racism in football 

Racist incidents in UK football are on the rise and drastic action needs to be taken. This BBC documentary shows the impact that racist abuse can have on players and their families and asks: what can be done to stop this? Where to watch: BBC iPlayer  

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez 

This three-part documentary examines how Aaron Hernandez went from being an NFL star for the New England Patriots to being a convicted killer. Where to watch: Netflix  

Inside Borussia Dortmund 

Go behind the scenes of the “yellow wall” with this four-part docu-series about German football giants Borussia Dortmund. Chronicling the 2018-19 season, the series goes in depth with some of the Bundesliga’s star names. Where to watch: Amazon Prime

All or Nothing: Manchester City

Look back at Man City’s record-breaking Premier League title-winning season of 2017-2018. The dressing room footage of head coach Pep Guardiola instructing his players is a joy to see. Amazon also has All or Nothing series on Tottenham, the New Zealand All Blacks rugby union squad, the Brazilian national football team and a number of NFL franchises. Where to watch: Amazon Prime 

Cheer 

Cheerleading is not a sport? Say that to the cheer squad of Navarro College as they bid to win the coveted US national title. Described by Netflix as “gritty, inspiring and exciting”, TheWeek.co.uk’s three-word review of Cheer is “peppy, colourful and heartening”. Cult viewing. Where to watch: Netflix 

Over the Edge

Base jumpers may well be the bravest sports men and women out there. Go inside this risky extreme sport as jumpers launch themselves off mountains and buildings. Where to watch: Channel 4  

Last Chance U

Produced and premiered by Netflix, the first season of Last Chance U looks at the American football program at East Mississippi Community College. There’s high drama and emotions on and off the pitch. A terrific watch even for non-American football fans. Where to watch: Netflix  

The English Game 

Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, brings a new six-part drama to Netflix. Set in the 19th century The English Game looks at the invention of football and how it rose to become the world’s game by crossing class divides. Where to watch: Netflix 

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