“Six Dreams”, produced by The Mediapro Studio and LaLiga for Amazon Prime Video, is back with a second season, complete with a fresh batch of names and surnames, two Emmys under its belt and, most importantly: personal stories that prove universal. That is the most addictive ingredient in a documentary series that appears to focus on the lives of soccer players but is actually a reflection on our own dreams
It had been years since I remembered the first time my hair stood on end with football. I was about 21 when I was decided to study journalism and got an internship at Barça TV. “Me on a soccer channel? With how little it had always interested me… ”, I thought, and set foot for the first time in the Camp Nou, where the offices of said media are located. After explaining what my production tasks would consist of, they added that I could also enjoy the games when my schedule ended. And so, I did that on the first day. When I finished, I went out the door and peered towards one of the entrances to the stands, the second largest stadium in the world, and even though it was empty, it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. For someone who is not a fan, it’s hard to describe the emotion that intoxicated me, the strength of this sport that, even when it’s not being played, leaves its energy on the field. I didn’t know it yet, but in 2006 FC Barcelona would win the Champions League and I would be reveling in the moment, as if I had yearned it all my life. Because when you get hooked on this beautiful game, you’re already one more.
The same goes for ‘Six Dreams‘, which premiered its second season on Amazon Prime Video on October 2nd and did so with 2 Emmy Awards under its belt (for Best Entertainment Program in Spanish and for Best Graphic Design). Season one of this documentary series follows the lives of six individuals related to football: players Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid), Iñaki Williams (Athletic de Bilbao) and Andrés Guardado (Betis), the president of Eibar Amaia Gorostiza, the sports director of the Girona Quique Cárcel and coach Eduardo Berizzo, whom Sevilla fired during the first season of the series. And in season two, the protagonists are players Borja Iglesias (Real Betis), Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club) and Santi Cazorla (Villarreal CF), Levante coach Paco López, Clemente Villaverde, general manager of Atlético de Madrid and Maheta Molango, his counterpart at RCD Mallorca.
But beyond the more or less famous names, their positions with greater or lesser media impact, what keeps you glued to the screen is their “Game of Thrones” narrative, as defined by Justin Webster (the thinking mind behind this docuseries). The “characters” make headway in each episode, they achieve their goals, their objectives, which, in turn, leads them to the same common dream. As in the Seven Kingdoms, our protagonists also want to win the final battle: The League.
‘Six Dreams’ tells how one of the greatest forms of entertainment in the world is forged through impeccable workmanship and common stories that are universal. We all want the underdog to beat the favorite at some point. May the weak defeat the strong. And when I saw how Girona, the team with the lowest budget in the competition, managed to beat Real Madrid’s “Galacticos” of the stature of Cristiano Ronaldo, my hair stood on end again. Like 15 years ago. Because in reality, football is the least important thing is how it reflects the history of each player. The story of each one of us.