Netflix has picked up Van Gaal: The Man Behind the Legend from DFW International, the sales arm of Dutch FilmWorks, and will stream the 120-minute documentary in Germany this November.
Sales have also been closed with Spain’s Telefonica and its pay TV service Movistar Plus+, Belgium’s VRT and Vertical Entertainment, which has acquired the TV and VoD rights for the UK only.
Produced by Amsterdam-based Doxy, the film follows the Dutch national team coach over a three-year period, capturing him in both his public and private moments. It also features Van Gaal in conversation with football stars including Wayne Rooney, Luis Figo, Xavi and Arjen Robben.
“Louis van Gaal is one of the outstanding personalities of European football,” said Marc van den Bosch-Mprah, head of content acquisitions and coproductions at Netflix. “With its focus on new, never seen before perspectives as well as great storytelling, this high-quality documentary offers first-class entertainment and thus fits perfectly into our slate.”