First Team: Juventus was a fantastic idea from Netflix. With a new familiar face now in the fold for The Old Lady, there’s no reason to not make a second season.
Using two different release days in February and July of this year, Netflix dropped an awesome six-part docuseries called First Team: Juventus.
The concept of the show was to give viewers and fans an inside look at everything Juventus during the 2017-18 season that saw them win their seventh consecutive Serie A title and the 34th in the club’s illustrious 120-year history.
Although there were times where viewers were left wanting to see a bit more, the six parts were a solid glance at some of the world’s best and most popular players on and off the pitch. Camera crews came inside of players’ homes with their families and followed players as they lived their everyday lives in the public eye.
Personally, I did find myself wanting more from the show. That’s just me being a spoiled international football fan. Paulo Dybala is one of my favorite players. Miralem Pjanic is one of the world’s best midfielders. Gianluigi Buffon is an icon in world football over his 20-plus-year career.
And yet, Netflix gave us some great looks away from football. Players spoke in Italian for virtually the entirety of the six episodes, but that’s nothing subtitles can’t fix, right?
What was truly great is you got to see guys like Juan Cuadrado away from the pressure of being a key contributor on the wing for one of the world’s biggest and best clubs. You got to see him flying on a jet to an Adidas store opening to sign autographs and just be a person instead of a player.
It’s unlikely that the show returns for a second season, but after the events of this summer, how can Netflix not at least consider speaking with the hierarchy at Juventus about a second season?
The main reason: Cristiano Ronaldo now plays for Juventus.
Side bar: Ronaldo’s first Instagram post after signing a four-year deal with Juventus is officially the most-liked post in the history of the app with over 12 million (!) likes.
That’s right. Arguably the greatest footballer of his or any other generation and one of the most popular athletes ever is now tasked with scoring goals for the Bianconeros.
This is a golden opportunity for Juventus and for Netflix.
On one hand, the guy that’s stuck multiple daggers into Juventus in the last couple of seasons and kept them from being UEFA Champions League winners is now a member of Juventus.
On the other hand, Netflix could draw even more eyes to First Team: Juventus with the star power of Ronaldo alone.
Juventus is already one of the world’s most popular clubs. Now you add Ronaldo into the fold.
Continuation of a story in Netflix programming (or any show in general) is always a key. Fans always want more. You can continue telling the story of Wojciech Szczęsny and his rise to becoming the No. 1 goalkeeper following Buffon’s departure.
You could follow-up with a mention of striker Gonzalo Higuaín’s transfer move to rival AC Milan that brought back popular center-back Leonardo Bonucci to Juventus from Milan.
Add in English Premier League transfer Emre Can coming to Italy to try to fit next to Pjanic and last year’s big transfer hit Blaise Matuidi in the midfield and there’s plenty of storylines and intrigue to go around; just like any other Netflix show.