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C21May iPad

Cameras roll on Leeds United

Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium

Leeds United is set to become the latest football team to be examined in a docuseries, with a show in the works charting its attempt to return to the top flight of the English game.

Eleven Studios, a newly formed company that is part of the Eleven Sports Group, is working with Leeds-based studio The City Talking to coproduce the project. Eleven Sports chairman and founder Andrea Radrizzani is also the majority owner of the EFL Championship club.

The docuseries will tell the inside story of Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa’s attempt to take the Yorkshire club, often referred to as a sleeping giant of English football, back to the Premier League after 15 years in lower divisions.

Andrea Radrizzani

Having finished 13th in the Championship last season, the team is currently third and challenging for an automatic promotion place that would see them return to the Premier League.

“As many supporters will have noted in recent weeks, a film crew has been following Leeds United’s every move throughout what has been an exhilarating campaign so far,” the club said in a statement.

Eleven Studios added that is was in “positive discussions with several potential broadcast partners” about the project. This year marks the centenary of the club, which has won many major domestic trophies along with several honours in European competitions.

The Leeds United documentary comes after The City Talking saw its sports doc about leading UK rugby league team Leeds Rhinos picked up by streamer Amazon Prime Video last year.

Amazon has also been behind All or Nothing: Manchester City, which followed the English Premier League football team’s winning season under manager Pep Guardiola in 2017/18.

Netflix, meanwhile, has enjoyed success with its observational sports doc Sunderland ‘Till I Die, which charted fellow UK team Sunderland’s fall from the Premier League into the Championship and then League One.

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