HBO’s Diego Maradona Documentary: When It Airs and Critic Reviews

Posted By Tyler Everett on September 26, 2019
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Though it seems like a new soccer documentary comes out every day, HBO’s Diego Maradona is shaping up as the best of the year.

At this point, any time you see the letters HBO in the same sentence as a name like Maradona’s, you can expect something pretty compelling. The film was directed by Academy Award-winning Asif Kapadia, the man behind hits Amy and Senna. As if those aren’t enough big names attached to this project, one of HBO’s executive producers was Bill Simmons.

When Does HBO’s Diego Maradona Documentary Premier?

HBO’s Diego Maradona documentary premiers next Tuesday, October 1st at 9 p.m. Eastern.

HBO Diego Maradona Trailer

Soccer fans tend to get excited every time Amazon or Netflix drops something, but the excitement for this one seems to transcend EPL and USMNT diehards. I personally can’t remember a trailer for a documentary ever getting as much hype as HBO did when it released the one below a couple weeks ago.

What does the Diego Mardona documentary cover?


As for the story itself, in case you’re unfamiliar with Maradona, he’s a, um, fairly interesting and accomplished former Argentine soccer player with an incredible story — he’s admitted to what we’ll call an incredible amount of partying during his heyday, and many consider him the best footballer of all time.

Kapadia’s film focuses on Maradona’s tumultuous time in Serie A with Napoli. This period is both a professional high-point for Maradona and a personal, uh, high-point for the Argentine. Cocaine use really became a problem for Diego during this time. It’ll be a fascinating character study of an all-time great talent.

HBO’s Diego Maradona Critic Reviews

If you believe what’s been said and written since it debuted at Cannes earlier this year, “Diego Maradona” will have you glued to your TV next Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern, when it airs on HBO. The doc is currently also in select theaters.

We won’t say too much else here besides linking below to a couple reviews, and one podcast appearance by Kapadia, for anyone looking to read or listen to more on the doc before they tune in.

And stay tuned to High Press Soccer next week, where we’ll have plenty of coverage.

CNN: Diego Maradona: ‘There’s some sort of cry for help going on there,’ says filmmaker

N.Y. Times: ‘Diego Maradona’ Review: A Soccer Player Who Got His Kicks

Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl had a great interview with Kapadia on his Planet Fútbol podcast

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