There’s no doubt that ever since NBC won the U.S. media rights to the Premier League in 2013, they’ve done an excellent job in covering the world’s most popular league in a multitude of ways. Whether it was through their studio shows, podcasts and documentaries, they’ve always provided a unique inside look into what makes players, managers, fans and clubs special.
Below, are four documentaries based on Premier League clubs and one on a Premier League icon that you can watch for free on NBC Sports’ YouTube channel:
1. The Leicester City Story
The Leicester City Story covers the improbable run the club went through to win the Premier League during the 2015-16 season. Not only did they win the title, but they won it ten points clear of their nearest rival. On the pitch, striker Jamie Vardy scored 24 goals, which was second in the league with Sergio Aguero, and won Premier League Player of the Season and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year for the campaign.
Riyad Mahrez was the creative fulcrum of the side as he contributed 17 goals, fifth in the league, and 11 assists, joint-fifth in the league. He was awarded the Professional Footballers’ Association Men’s Players’ Player of the Year, Leicester City Player of the Year and the African Footballer of the Year. N’Golo Kante put himself on the map as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and Claudio Ranieri finally won his first top-flight title.
2. Klopp’s Promise
Klopp’s Promise begins with Jurgen Klopp’s introductory press conference at Liverpool. The German manager says that in four years, he promises at least one trophy. After losing to Sevilla in the Europa League final, then to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Klopp’s prediction became true when the Reds won the Champions League final over Tottenham Hotspur. The film covers the turmoil between the fans and the club during their 30-year drought of not winning the first division title in England.
It also shows the heartbreaking moments they had in between and the rebuild they’ve went through to become a dominant force in world football again. Before the coronavirus halted the 2019-20 season, Liverpool were on pace to win the Premier League in record fashion. Reds fans hope that the campaign continues eventually so that they can finally celebrate that illusive title.
3. Tottenham Hotspur: To Dare Is to Do
Tottenham Hotspur: To Dare Is to Do highlights how the north London side is trying to bring back the glory days of the club. They haven’t won the league since 1961, the FA Cup since 1991 and the league cup since 2008 but they still have a loyal and strong fanbase in England. Spurs supporters enjoy watching entertaining, exciting and attractive football and the club has provided that most of the time even though the end-product didn’t provide much success. After Tottenham sold Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, many fans were pessimistic about the future of the club.
Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment to become their new manager gave them hope. The Argentinian manager displayed his ability to develop youth talent like Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Kyle Walker. He also introduced his aggressive style of play that excited the fans and showed promise. They became a consistent Champions League club, got a new stadium and even made the Champions League final last year, but lost to Liverpool. Time will tell if they will win a trophy soon.
4. Alan Shearer: The most goals in PL history
Alan Shearer: The most goals in PL History has Shearer taking you on a journey through his upbringing and football career. The three-time Premier League Golden Boot winner talks about growing up in Newcastle and being a fan of the club while worshipping two-time Ballon d’Or winner Kevin Keegan. His love for the game only grew from there and his passion and hard work made him one of the best strikers of his generation and the all-time leading scorer in Premier League history.
5. Promoted: Sheffield United
Promoted is a series that covers teams that moved up from the Championship to the Premier League. Their best one so far covers Sheffield United. They have die-hard fans, one of the oldest stadiums in the world and a lot of history. In the 1970-80s the steel and coal industries collapsed in England and had a big impact on Sheffield’s economy because that was the majority of the jobs there. The Blades fell all the way down from the first division to the fourth division. But they fought all the way back.
Now, they are led by a former fan turned ballboy turned club player in Chris Wilder who is one of the most innovative tacticians in the world. Fullbacks bombing forward to participate in the attack is one of the most used tactics in the game now. Wilder has introduced overlapping center-backs which catches opponents off-guard. Before the current season was postponed, Sheffield United were in seventh place with a game in-hand and only two points behind fifth place. Hopefully, the season resumes because they have a great chance of playing in Europe next season.
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