Next Goal Wins (2014)

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IN 2001, THE TINY PACIFIC ISLAND OF AMERICAN SAMOA SUFFERED A WORLD RECORD 31-0 DEFEAT AT THE HANDS OF AUSTRALIA, GARNERING HEADLINES ACROSS THE WORLD AS THE WORST FOOTBALL TEAM ON THE PLANET. A DECADE AFTER THAT HUMILIATING NIGHT, THEY REMAIN ROOTED TO THE BOTTOM OF FIFA'S WORLD RANKINGS, HAVING SCORED ONLY TWICE IN SEVENTEEN YEARS. THEY HAVE LOST EVERY COMPETITIVE GAME THEY HAVE EVER PLAYED. AGAINST THIS BACKDROP OF SERIAL UNDERACHIEVEMENT, THE TEAM FACE THE DAUNTING PROSPECT OF A … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness
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Cast


as Head Coach

as Defender

as Goal Keeper

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Critic Reviews for Next Goal Wins

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5)

Both predictable and shamelessly heart-warming.

Full Review… | July 11, 2014
Globe and Mail
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A genial documentary crowdpleaser about the world's worst international soccer team.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
Variety
Top Critic

Even folk who don't give a hoot about football will find their hearts warmed by inspirational documentary Next Goal Wins.

Full Review… | March 29, 2015
Movie Talk

Next Goal Wins is a classic underdog story, but it is entirely original.

Full Review… | November 7, 2014
Fan The Fire

Captivating, moving sports docu; some swearing.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
Common Sense Media

One of the smallest triumphs in world sport inspires one of the year's most moving and entertaining documentaries...

Full Review… | June 9, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Next Goal Wins

This documentary reminded me what footie is all about. Uplifting, touching and most of all inspiring with some unlikely heroes. I also, thought it funny in places.

American Samoa are the lowest ranked team in FIFA and are more well known for a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia. The American Samoan FA ask the USFA for assistance and they send Dutch coach Thomas Rongen (the only person who replied to the advert at the USFA). He has played with the likes of Cruyff and Best in the MLS and upon arrival he does not fit in with the culture. Beset with his own personal demons the coach and the players manage to find some common ground and slowly a relationship begins to form. What does not help is that their best player is 1000s of miles away with the US Military and he uses his entire annual leave to be available for the World Cup qualifiers.

For me the hero is Jaiyah, the first trans gender to play in a World Cup qualifier. She is no Vincent Kompany but what she does better than anyone is make the tea.....errrm no, I mean buy into the team ethos that Thomas is trying to instill in the squad. Some of the settings for the games are beautiful beyond belief (esp the game away to Samoa) and it made me think back to dreary away games at Plough Lane in decades past for some reason. Oh, and I think the keeper can play a bit too.

Justin Frazer
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