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Twelve shows to fill that sports-shaped gap

Sport across the world has come to a standstill - the football season is postponed indefinitely, Formula 1 seems to cancel an upcoming race every week, and they have even put back the Olympics.
Some of the sports-related shows that the streaming services have to offer (Photo: Pixabay)

For those of you who forlornly refreshed the sporting results page at least four times across the weekend and beyond, here are some of the sports documentaries streaming across the internet to keep you ticking over.

When English Football Ruled Europe on ITVHub

This is a two-part documentary on ITV about the period in the late 1970s/early 1980s when English teams dominated the big European cup competitions. Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa fans will especially like this trip down memory lane.

Sunderland 'Til I Die on Netflix

The second series of this fly-on-the-wall documentary following the Sunderland football team arrives on Netflix on April 1 - which means there's time to catch up if you haven't already seen it. Series two will follow the new owners, who gave the production team access to the behind the scenes goings on as they learned how to run a football club.

Take Us Home: Leeds United on Amazon Prime

Narrated by Russell Crowe, this documentary series charts Leeds United's bid to get back into the Premier League for the 2018-2019 season. With the arrival of their new manager, Marcelo Bielsa, the fans are ready, hopes are high - and even if you think you know what comes next, there's a lot more of the story to tell.

All or Nothing on Amazon Prime

The series of this franchise that British football fans might be most interested in is All or Nothing: Manchester City, but there are plenty of other teams under the spotlight in this Amazon documentary group. There's a handful of American football teams, as well as the New Zealand All Blacks and the Brazilian national football team, which means there's over 60 episodes of sport to keep you going.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive on Netflix

There are two series of this Netflix documentary all about Formula 1, with the first focusing on the 2018 season and the second on the 2019 season. Whether there can be a third series about 2020 remains to be seen, but there's plenty of time to catch up and get ready for whenever they go racing again.

Andy Murray: Resurfacing on Amazon Prime

Everyone feared that Andy Murray's career was coming to an end when his hip injury saw him withdraw from tournaments at the end of 2017 and start of 2018. This Amazon documentary follows his fight back to fitness - the proof of which we hope is still to come when the sporting world resumes once again.

Cheer on Netflix

Competitive cheerleading might feel like a world away from the sports we find ourselves following on a weekly basis, but Cheer on Netflix has been a big hit. America's best junior college competitive cheer squad is training for the 2019 championships and you might be surprised how much it pulls you in.

The Bad Guy on iPlayer

Chris Bungard is a Scottish mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who has his sights set on becoming a sports legend. This BBC documentary shows his preparation regime for a fight against two-weight world champion, Terry 'The Dominator' Brazier, undefeated in five years and holding a nine-fight win streak.

Over the Edge on 4 on Demand

The description for this Channel 4 documentary series is "BASE jumping is the world's deadliest extreme sport. Would you go over the edge?" All the football drama is exciting, but if you want to attempt to understand the real adrenaline sportspeople of the world, this 4oD series is for you.

Or if you fancy a little less real life, there are a few TV dramas with sport as a focus:

The English Game on Netflix

The writer of Downton Abbey takes us back to the development of football in the UK. It's new to Netflix, only released on March 20, and the story revolves around Fergus Suter, a Scotsman who is regarded as the first professional footballer.

Friday Night Lights on Amazon

A drama series about a high school football team in a small American town in Texas, where the sport is just as much a character of the show as all the people are. The show was made from 2006 to 2011 and all five series are streaming on Amazon.

GLOW on Netflix

Women's wrestling in the 1980s - this comedy-drama has been a real success story for Netflix, and although the fourth series is on the way it might not be hitting Netflix for a while, considering the current worldwide advice. There's a lot of time to catch up!