Film Review -All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur

Good day, had a good holiday? I’m sorry I don’t really care I’m just being polite.

Yes I know that’s rather rude of me I sincerely apologise, let me make it up to you.

Have a seat, already seated? Good let’s get on with it.

Do you like football? Or maybe you like documentaries? How about a bit of drama?
No need to pick, this particular documentary film series has it all.

At the beginning of the 20/21 Premier League season I, like most football fans were on Sky Sports news mulling over the transfer window. Now this one chap in a fancy suit and clever looking spectacles mentioned something about a documentary of sorts, depicting the last season for Tottenham Hotspur. I was quite skeptical about it so I left it alone and got back to wondering how Ole was going to dig himself into a hole this time.

Few weeks later after a match I heard this documentary mentioned again, this time by the “Special One”, Mr Mourinho, so I thought to myself, “you know what, as much as a game is wonderful and all,  you would really like to know what happens behind the scenes.” This was true, I wanted to see what it was like at the training grounds, how the players and staff operated, the drama of benching, transferring and all that stuff. I wanted to know why Dele Alli wasn’t playing, the reaction to Son’s first red card and what led to the transfer of Eriksen.

Safe to say “All or Nothing” didn’t disappoint. I got see everything I wanted to see and so much more, such as how Spurs declined under Poch and how it led to the arrival of Mourinho, I got to see how they got about preparing for games and for me most importantly, I got to see a major football club not just as a money making machine with big names instead I saw the human elements; the people and community the club helps, how so many people depend on a club for their livelihood not just the players but also the group working in IT, the kit manager and the disenfranchised. I got to see how players were affected by injuries, the overwhelming sensation of debuts and first chances as well as anxiety regarding things like contracts, transfers and how the players and their families would be affected. You start to see a player not just by his goal tally, or penalties saved or market value, you see him as a person with hopes, fears and families to take care of.

It’s quite interesting because it’s not often you see the heart of a football club at such a surgical level, it’s quite insightful and educational. You get see the pounding engine of players and staff day in and day out, on good days and on bad days, when they travel for big games and wake up early for practice and if you know a thing or two about Spurs in the 19/20 season I need not tell you about drama.

At this day and age on social media it’s so easy to go and take a jab at this player or another or construe someone in this light and think I’m not affecting anyone yet you are. A documentary like this isn’t of course game changing to that regard but lifts a veil of some sort that’s common as depicting these players as untouchable millionaires with the world at their feet but this shows just how human they are, vulnerable, at risk, emotional, proud, happy, sad the whole package. It also shows how a club, a team like this with it’s history means to fans and supporters world over. It brings a sense of romanticism to the club yet is potently realistic.

After watching this documentary I came to realise there are actually more of these All or Nothing sports documentaries by Amazon Prime Video for teams such as Manchester City, NFL teams and the New Zealand All Blacks.

Amazon Prime is really coming up clutch.

All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur, I recommend.

Oh and Happy Holidays!

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