Words: Josh Millar
Images: Offside Sports Photography
Nicolas Anelka is going to be the subject of a feature-length Netflix documentary.
“Anelka” (working title) is going to attempt to shed some light on the world of football, while drawing an intimate portrait of the Frenchman. The film focuses specifically on the Frenchman’s childhood, his faith, the season he spent at Real Madrid, his history of trouble with national team coaches which eventually led to his ban from the South Africa World Cup, along with other subjects.
Some of the talking heads mooted for the documentary include Anelka’s former Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger. Anelka believes that Wenger is the reason that he became a superstar after he was signed for Arsenal in 1997: “I think Arsène Wenger was good for me. He signed me and made me what I am today. He gave me a chance and I took it.”
As well as Wenger, the documentary will hear from Paul Pogba, Patrice Evra, Thierry Henry, and actor Omar Sy. Henry believes his former teammate is one of the best to play in the Premier League, “We all know that he terrorised teams when he first arrived in England,” said Henry. “He, for me—people do not mention him as they should mention him. He was one of the best strikers we have ever seen in this league.”
Variety reports that the documentary will be released in 2020, and follows Netflix unveiling a fully-staffed office in France with the aim of investing more into local filmmakers and production companies. “Anelka” is produced by Black Dynamite and Black Mountain LTD.