There’s no doubt about the fact that it will take a lot for most of us to forget any bit of Morocco’s marvelous run this 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. From drawing with 2018 finalists Croatia, beating FIFA-ranked second best team Belgium, then eliminating Spain and Portugal in the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively, the North African team carved a path of its own by becoming the first Arab and African team to ever make it to the semi-finals of one of the world’s most-followed tournaments. And, if any of you are thinking of going on a trip down memory lane to re-live the team’s successive triumphs against some of the footballing world’s mastodons, you’ll be pleased to know that Netflix is releasing a new docuseries on this year’s World Cup.
According to English newspaper The Telegraph, the upcoming series is titled Captains and it will make its way onto the streaming platform by next summer.
Showrunners followed several teams, and their respective captains, during the World Cup circuit, documenting their ups and downs as well as their routines before each game. The behind-the-scenes documentary series will notably include an appearance by Romain Saiss, leader of the Moroccan team, in addition to Wales’ star midfielder Gareth Bale and Brazil’s Thiago Silva.
Although producers have a compelling story as Morocco made it to the last four of the international competition, it has been reported that Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Harry Kane will not feature in the program to avoid “distractions” and fully focus on attempting to finally bring the golden trophy back to England after a 56-year-long drought.
Captains is set to be the most recent addition to an increasing number of fly-on-the-wall sports docuseries. In recent years, Amazon Prime generated noise and attention after the airing of its now-famous All or Nothing series that covered Manchester City, Tottenham, and Arsenal. Meanwhile, Netflix’s Sunderland ‘Til I Die trailed the English football club through a whole season as they tried to bounce back after relegation from the Premier League.