In times when soccer or football fans are looking forward to the launch of its second season, here at Guidedoc we take a look at Match Day: Inside FC Barcelona, the Netflix documentary series that changed the way sports documentaries are made and viewed.
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Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Piqué, Marc-André Ter Stegen, Philippe Coutinho and the other FC Barcelona stars, become less stellar and more human in Match Day: Inside FC Barcelona, a documentary series made by the Catalan club together with platforms such as Rakuten and Netflix, where limited access to the players' locker room and private lives gets vanished.
The first season, launched in November 2019, shows us the highlights of the 2018-2019 season of the team in its adventure of conquering the three competitions in which it participates: La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey.
But this series is nothing like the other sports content we may be used to. Through a state-of-the-art production deployment, using multiple cameras at various points in the stadium where a game is in play, and with a stylized and wit cinematographic narrative, each episode is a compelling story, with protagonists who undress their private spaces, enemies that are framed in historic rivalries and obstacles that seem impossible for Messi's team to overcome.
The Argentine star, obviously, gravitates around all the episodes. We can see his discreet and silent presence that, ironically, is essential to emit the leadership and the necessary security to overcome the most important challenges of the season. For example, beating Manchester United for the first time at the legendary Old Trafford stadium, or trying to go to the Champions League final for the first time in four years.
Due to its captivating narrative, full of suspense, humor and daily scenes in the lives of the players that would otherwise be impossible to know, it is impossible for us as viewers to stop watching the end of each episode.
The tense moments in the dressing room are memorable. The speeches and instructions of coach Ernesto Valderde are invaluable material for those who want to immerse themselves more in the details of this sport. The looks, tears and wounds shown by these players who give all their hearts on the field remain in our minds for a long time after finishing this first season.
We all hope that, in the coming months, a new season will tell us what it was like to be at FC Barcelona during the pandemic in 2020.
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