Close to Bayern – Football Documentary ‘Behind the Legend’ on Amazon Prime Video

Thomas Muller became weak. The international admitted: “In fact, I said if someone walks into the dressing room with a camera, I’ll stop.” The professional from Bayern Munich, equipped with a high degree of awareness of the task (nickname “Radio Muller”), continues to play football. And so, as one of the heroes, Mueller deserves his weight in gold in Amazon Prime’s documentary “Behind the Legend,” whose six episodes are available today. Because Müller, the representative of humor in the German football arena, has a very rare talent for the often serious field of football: sarcasm.

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In the first episode, in which Bavaria’s road to the six historic titles in 2020 and 2021 is recounted and decorated with pictures of the booth, bus or boardroom office, Muller said of the series winner from Munich: “Who loves who loves always wins? So let’s be honest? There is something in the documentary for both Bayern haters and Bayern fans alike, although when you look through the keyhole the club itself decides of course when to close the doors. Or after that with the right to veto some scenes.

The club made unexpected concessions to the film crew

Director Simon Verhoeven, born in Munich, revealed to his amazement “how Bavaria has made more and more possible.” When CEO Oliver Kahn, the internal driving force behind the idea for the documentary on the streaming service, spoke frankly about the budget and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic (without naming specific numbers, of course!), Verhoeven asked himself, “Wow, can we take it like this?” They are allowed to do so.

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However, second director and cameraman Nepomuk Fischer also got a “slap on the cover,” Thomas Muller reports. For example, when he not only accompanied the player who contracted Corona disease in February 2021, to the follow-up examination in training at the club’s headquarters, but was also photographed when he was pushed into an X-ray tube for a computer tomography scan. in his underwear. Cuts.

Negative feelings can be felt between Flik and Salidzic

The conflict between successful coach Hansi Flick and sporting director Hasan “Prazo” Salihamidzic, which made headlines in the media for months and ended with Flick’s (now national coach) early departure, was only touched upon. If you pay attention, you can feel negative emotions. Because of the rare insights, the documentary is still worth watching. At the end of the day, the filmmaking team watched over 2,000 hours of raw and archival material from over 100 days of filming, including 145 interviews – from Franz Beckenbauer to Jürgen Klopp.

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Football clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Juventus Turin and Borussia Dortmund have already opened their doors to documentaries. Director Verhoeven created a new “hybrid” format to depict the club in its past and not just run in one season.

For Oliver Kahn, the football field has “sadistic traits”

Funny booth photos and big match scenes in the club’s history alternate with serious interviews, for example when it comes to the depression of former goalkeeper Kahn, who was on the verge of exhaustion as an active player. “The FC Bayern shirt weighs a few kilos more because the legends are sitting on their shoulders.” For Kahn, today’s football business is “perverted” and “sadistic traits”. But it is still a game.

Unlike Salihamidzic’s childhood during the Bosnian war (“Having a Kalashnikov under the bed at the age of 15 is not normal”). In 1992 his parents organized his escape to Germany. If you have to swallow deeply, then you will be happy with hilarious and sarcastic moments. When famed Dortmund striker Erling Haaland gave Bayern two goals, Salihamidzic said to the team manager on the bench: “How good is Haaland? This is a machine dude! I’ll call his advisor tomorrow. But we’ll send him to the hairdresser first, please.” Kathleen Krueger drily replied. “

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