5 BOD Free Sports Documentaries to Watch

Barry Downes
By Barry Downes
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Sick of Brian O'Driscoll stuff? Rather hack your feet off with a rusty spoon than endure another minute of reaction to BOD's omission from the Lions final test squad? Well your in luck because right here on good old balls.ie you can watch not one but 5 amazing sports documentaries without an egg chaser in sight.

Hoop Dreams
Outstanding basketball documentary following two Chicago high school students as they dream of becoming professional players. It follows the highs and lows of that journey in intimate detail with unprecedented access to the boys lives both on and off the court.


Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos
Stylish and fascinating documentary about the attempts in the 70s to put US soccer on the map as a host of the best players in the world Pele, Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto and many more arrived in chaotic 1970s New York.


When we were Kings

Follows Muhammed Ali's time in Africa for the Rumble in the Jungle Fight with George Foreman. Not just one of the best sports documentaries made simply one of the best films ever made. An absolute must see or re-see or re-see for the tenth time.




Dogtown and Z-Boys

"Gnarly" I believe the word is, documentary about basically the invention of skateboarding as we know it by a bunch of kids in California in the 70s. They used to skate in empty swimming pools and the sport they came up with went on to become the multi billion dollar skateboarding industry of today. Plus Sean Penn narrates which makes anything even better.



Zidane - A 21st Century Portrait
Be a true football hipster and watch this glorious experimental film following Zidane in the Real Madrid vs. Villarreal game on April 23, 2005 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Watch as 17 cameras capture Zidane's every move and emotion throughout the match all soundtracked by Scottish musical geniuses Mogwai.




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