• Jack George

The A-League needs a documentary

In recent weeks on Amazon Prime, the footballing world has been immersed in the 'All or nothing' documentary, where cameras followed Jose Mourinho's side for a season and showed dressing room team talks, training and how Tottenham as a club works as a whole.

In recent years Amazon has also released similar football documentaries, such as one on Manchester City and another on the Brazilian football national team.

All three of these shows have been a massive success, with viewers often feeling a personal connection to the club after watching the documentary. 

When watching the Manchester City documentary, I found myself willing City on throughout the season, despite knowing the results of the games. 

Last Friday Alessandro Diamanti shared footage on his Instagram story of Diamanti dancing around his hallway with a bottle of alcohol in each hand. It was an entertaining video, and caused Craig Moore to suggest a Western United documentary:

But what would this documentary look like?

It is unlikely that Fox Sports would be willing to get involved in an A-League documentary going into the last year of their broadcasting contract, and considering the position of the A-League within Fox, it would be likely that Foxtel would pull out.

There have been attempts at short documentaries from Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory, with Sydney getting players to reflect on their 2016-17 season in approximately 50 minutes. 

However, if there was to be a full season documentary on Western United/Alessandro Diamanti, it would likely follow a similar structure to Amazon's 'All or nothing' series; Six or eight episodes that are roughly fifty minutes in length.

While the Premier League sees interest from over the world meaning people will watch the documentary simply because it is of Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester City, it is unlikely that football fans outside of Australia would spend fifty minutes watching an A-League documentary.

However, with Diamanti, you would get something different. As Craig Moore suggests, run and promote the documentary of Diamanti, not Western United.

While the documentary could feature general parts from Western United, having it based around Diamanti would attract fans from Italy and possibly England. Furthermore, Moore suggests that it could be used to sign bigger foreigners. 

You could have a four-episode series, following Diamanti around Western United and get him to record extra things at home, as he has been doing anyway. 

Another idea could be a documentary in the model of 'Sunderland till I die' on the Central Coast Mariners. While it wouldn't market to international fans, it would provide some much-needed money for the Mariners and would cost less to produce. 

The documentary could include more of a fans' perspective. While a Diamanti documentary could include Input from fans, it would be mainly focused on the team and in particular Diamanti.

While a Diamanti documentary would be more of a lighthearted, entertaining show, a Central Coast Mariners one would appeal more to fans who want to see the ins and outs of how A-League clubs work.

A Mariners documentary could also have an emotional appeal.

The first episode could be dedicated to covering the history of the Mariners, allowing fans who aren't as familiar with them to get involved in their past, forming an emotional connection.

That way, no matter what happens next season the documentary will emotionally appeal to the viewer.

If the Mariners were to finish in another poor position, viewers will feel sorry for the club, whereas if they were to finish higher and improve, there will be a sense of belief from fans throughout Australia.

COVID-19 continues to implement financial difficulties on football clubs throughout Australia, but a documentary could produce some income for the team involved.

It is unlikely that Football Federation Australia would be willing to independently run a documentary at the moment, but a private broadcaster could be considered.

A Diamanti documentary would appeal to international viewers and show the lighter side of football, while a Mariners documentary would show ins and outs of a football club and take you on an emotional journey.

The A-League needs a documentary.


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