Monday is here, but that means we have movie Monday again. This week we’re watching Take the Ball, Pass the Ball, a documentary following FC Barcelona’s rise to dominance from 2008-2012 under Pep Guardiola. The Netflix film has appearances from all the major stars from those Barca teams, including Messi, Xavi, Carlos Puyol, and a plethora of others. It gives us soccer analysis, drama, and suspense wrapped up in under 2 hours.
Shot for shot one of the best sport documentaries I’ve seen. From the structure to the perspective of the Barcelona mentality, it was an easy and exciting watch. Getting a behind the scenes look at the journey of the most dominant club team in soccer history is must-watch. This could have been a 10-part documentary like The Last Dance, an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
It would have been interesting to hear from players like Ronaldinho and Deco, both whom were not resigned upon the arrival of Pep to the senior team in 2008. To hear from a star like Ronaldinho on not being wanted in a Barca starting XI would have been quite the listen.
Let’s this be your late night movie watch. Champions League action coming tomorrow. Until then, kick it easy.