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Every four years, the biggest sporting event on the planet takes over households for 28 days. This year, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be played in Qatar, and like other World Cups, time will stand still from November 21st to December 18th. For those who don’t follow football, representing your country on the national stage is the biggest privilege in the sport. A whopping 32 countries are competing in this year’s World Cup and Captains takes fans behind the scenes to show what it takes to qualify for such an event.

This incredible docuseries features captains Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Luka Modrić (Croatia), Hassan Maatouk (Lebanon), Brian Kaltak (Vanuatu), and Andre Blake (Jamaica). While the aforementioned players have the title of “captain” in common, their environments and obstacles differ drastically.

As the most popular sport in the world, football has the power to unite people. Some rivalries were created within the sport while others stem from bad histories. Even so, the love of the sport often brings opposing views and bases together (for at least 90 minutes) to a place where politics, history, and opinions fall by the wayside. In Hassan Maatouk’s case, his country of Lebanon was going through a torrential economic downturn. World Cup Qualifying gave the Lebanese people something to focus on instead of a lack of work, money, corruption, etc.

With the World Cup just days away, Captains is a good series to get you prepared for all of the action and excitement that awaits. I give it an 8.5 out of 10.

The eight-episode series can be seen on Netflix and FIFA+.

-Jon Jones

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