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Soccer joins the documentary fun

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,D.C. United,Craig Stouffer

HBO's "24/7" has become a staple for the network, which makes it perfect that series producer Scott Boggins has taken on "Being: Liverpool," a first of its kind documentary for the notoriously closed English Premier League. It premieres Sunday on Fox Soccer.

It's perfect timing to peel back the layers of one of the most storied clubs in Europe -- it has struggled mightily in recent seasons. In one storyline, English midfielder Steven Gerrard provides a rare look into his family life; in another, owner John Henry, with the tumultuous Boston Red Sox hanging heavily over his head, talks philosophy on hiring manager Brendan Rodgers.

Major League Soccer and the NBC Sports Network are also going inside the lives of its top players in the "MLS36" series. D.C. United playmaker Dwayne De Rosario was followed for 36 hours last month.

"It was really interesting because I keep that side of my life separate," De Rosario said. "... I enjoyed it. It shows how much this league has come, how much this league has gained respect in terms of that marketing aspect of it."

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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