Score! Five football related films to watch on Netflix during the FIFA World Cup

Natasha Sporn
Liverpool: One Night In Istanbul is available on Netflix: YouTube / One Night In Istanbul

We’re fully into FIFA World Cup fever and there are more football games than you can possibly shake a stick at.

From Portugal and Spain’s 3 all draw to England’s last-minute winner against Tunisia, Russia 2018 has already provided entertainment by the bucket load.

But if you want more of a football fix between matches, Netflix can offer the perfect solution with scores of football related films and documentaries for you to kick back and enjoy.

If your goal (I promise, I’ll stop…maybe) is to binge on the sofa between games, here are five titles you should check out…

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One Night in Istanbul

In 2005, Liverpool lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy in Istanbul, Turkey, after one of the greatest comebacks in the tournaments history saw them battle back from 3-0 down to make it 3-3 and win 3-2 on penalties v AC Milan.

Based on a comedy play of the same name, the light-hearted flick followed two avid Liverpool fans as they got involved in a murky underworld in order to pay for the trip of a lifetime for them and their sons to see the final.

But trouble was waiting for them in Turkey and the trip turned into one they wouldn’t forget in a hurry – and not for that reason, either.

The Merseyside club were heavily involved with the film – starring Paul Barber, Lucien Laviscount and Samantha Womack among its cast - and promoted it back when it was released in 2014.


The career so far of one of the greatest players of all time inspired director Álex de la Iglesia to turn Messi’s life into an hour and a half documentary, chronicling the Argentinian’s life from toddler to Barcelona’s main man.

Set mostly in a restaurant, the film also includes then-unseen footage of the child prodigy and includes talking heads to illustrate his glittering football prowess.

It is in Spanish though, so you’ll need subtitles (on by default).

Planet FIFA

Planet FIFA: Chuck Blazer (Getty Images)

The 2016 documentary was conceived in the wake of a corruption scandal that engulfed the sporting body.

Directed by Jean-Louis Perez, the film describes itself as “scrutinizing” the body responsible for the greatest football tournament on Earth.

Holy Goalie

Holy Goalie: Now on Netflix (Netflix)

On the hunt for a comedy film? This is the right result for you. But you'll need those subtitles again.

The 2017 film, only added to Netflix in April, sees a young priest form and coach a team of uncoordinated monks in order to try to win a football tournament to save their monastery from being turned into a hotel.

Club of Crows

The last entry on our by-no-means exhaustive list is actually a series, now into its third season.

The hilarious drama centres on the battles of a brother and sister after they inherited a football club from their late father, left to son Chava but more-suited to daughter Isabel.

Club of Crows became the first Spanish language original back when it was released, based in the fictional city of Nuevo Toledo in Mexico.