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10 Of The Best Sports Documentaries Of 2017

10 Of The Best Sports Documentaries Of 2017
Blues Sisters

After losing three consecutive All-Ireland finals, the Dublin ladies football team took the brave choice of allowing cameras go behind-the-scenes as they attempted to stop the hurt.

Their journey, under a new management team headed by Mick Bohan, is charted over the course of six months. On the way, we learn about the personalities and stories which make up the team.

The documentary was made by Galway All-Ireland winner Pat Comer, the maker of one of GAA's most beloved features: A Year Til Sunday.

Where to watch: RTÉ Player

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Icarus

Often, the best documentaries are the ones which take a road the makers did not even know was on the map. That is exactly what happened to Bryan Fogel and Icarus.

Starting as an experiment - Fogel seeing if he could get away with doping in one of cycling's most prestigious amateur races - it ended up taking him inside a major international doping scandal.

Where to watch: Netflix

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Four Days In November

November 2017 was an historic - and emotional one - for Irish rugby. At Soldier Field in Chicago, the Irish team recorded its first ever win against the All Blacks. The victory came shortly following the death of Anthony Foley.

That month also saw Ireland claim wins against Australia and Canada along with the All Blacks taking revenge in Dublin a fortnight after defeat in the US.

Anthony Foley: Munsterman

A year on from his tragic passing, Wildfire Films took a look at the impact Anthony Foley had both in life and in his death.

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Through the memories of family, former teammates and Munster players, viewers are given a sense of why Foley was so beloved and why his death shook Irish sport.

Les Bleus: Another History of France

A documentary well-worth your time. It charts the rise and fall of the French football team since 1996, while also taking a look at French society, viewing it through the prism of the football team.

Where to watch: Netflix

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Disgraced

Disgraced tells the story of the 2003 murder of Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy by his teammate Carlton Dotson along with head coach Dave Bliss's attempts to cover-up the events.

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Giles

During the summer, RTÉ broadcast an hour long Loosehorse-produced documentary featuring John Giles looking back on his career in football.

"I never wanted to be a star, I wanted to be a great player and there's a difference," declares Giles early on. It is just one of a number of eloquent moments from Giles.

Essential viewing, it finishes with an emotional moment as Giles - no long employed as a pundit by RTÉ - sits in his living room watching an Ireland international.

30 for 30: The Nature Boy
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"It's the true story about who I was and what I became," says Ric Flair regarding the ESPN documentary about him broadcast earlier this year.

Covering his wrestling career, his drinking and his affairs, it is a must-watch for all wrestling fans, casual and hardcore.

89

23 years before Martin Tyler swore to us that "we'd never see anything like this again" English football had its most dramatic ever finish to a season.

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In May 1989, Arsenal played Liverpool need to win by two goals to claim the title.

'89', through the memories of those involved, captures the mayhem of that games and its implications.

Poc na nGael

Ger Loughnane travels to Canada to discover how Irish emmigrants turned hurling into ice hockey.

See Also: 35 Of The Best Sports Photos Of 2017

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