“Bilardo the soccer doctor” is a docuseries about Carlos Salvador Bilardo, a movidoctor, player and technical director. (HBOMax)
“Don’t look for money, look for glory and that’s how you will be remembered for a lifetime.” This is one of the many famous phrases and advice he gave Carlos Salvador Bilardoformer player of Estudiantes de La Plata, doctor and also former DT of the Argentine soccer team with which he became champion in Mexico in 1986 (in full splendor of Diego Armando Maradona), and runner-up in Italia 90.
He is one of the most controversial characters in Argentine football. Carlos Salvador Bilardo He arouses love and hate in almost the same way, and a journey through his life was necessary for the faithful followers of his career and for those who never agreed with his particular style of watching football.
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From the Twitter account of hbo max it was announced that the docuseries became the most watched title on the platform. So he left behind Chernobyl, Euphoria, Superman and Lois, Ben 10: Alien Supremacy, The Summer We Lived In, My Brilliant Friend, Raised by Wolves 2, The Flight Attendant and Dunes.
It is a documentary fragmented into 4 episodes, which includes Bilardo’s own home videos that reflect the intimacy of his home and everyday moments with his wife Gloria and his daughter Daniela. There are also many others in full training with the 1986 team before and during the World Cup played in Mexico, which gave Argentina its second cup, after the victory in 1978.
Throughout the episodes, the professional and personal trajectory of the coach is shown. Carlos Salvador Bilardo he branded both those who could work under his orbit, as well as his followers and detractors. Confronted with the previous DT of the Argentine national team, Cesar Luis Menotti (more for the media than for them themselves), Billard opted for a totally opposite style menotist, thus inaugurating a form of game billiard player which is used to this day.
Justly, Bilardo, the soccer doctor take the testimony of Menotti, one of the most difficult voices to get since he does not usually give many interviews. It also features the voices of Nery Pumpido, Ricardo Giusti, Jorge Burruchaga, Julio Olarticoechea, Óscar Ruggeri, Sergio Batista, Carlos Pachamé, Claudia Villafañe, Enzo Trossero, Diego Simeone, Sergio Goycochea, Juan Sebastián Verón, Israel Damonte, Marcelo Bielsa and Miguel Angel Russoamong others.
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Each of them gives data and extreme and funny situations experienced with Bilardo, a man full of cabals and rules that were sometimes somewhat ridiculous, but that everyone complied with. His passion for soccer led him to be very absent from his own personal life and that is why he said: “I forgot to live”. Clearly, he lived by and for football.
“We went to see him before the pandemic, with all the boys, we ate with him and he would start crying. I remember when we told him: ‘Do you know, crazy, what you made us live? That we all still have sequels today?’ And he started to laugh a little. So that’s why I said on my show that every time someone talks about Bilardo now, that he can’t come out to defend himself, he’s going to find me. Have no doubts”, this is how one of the banners of the 86 team referred, Oscar Ruggeri.
The episodes of this series were directed by Ariel Rotter and written by Sebastián Meschengieser and Gustavo Dejtiar, under the executive production of Federico D’Elía, Cune Molinero and Alejandro Turner. It is a docuseries made by WarnerMedia Latin America together with Zeppelin Studios Latin America for the region.
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