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Description

Mike Brett and Steve Jamison direct this feature documentary following the fortunes of the American Samoa soccer team, officially the worst international football side in the world. The nadir of American Samoa's soccer career arrived when they lost 31-0 to Australia in 2001, the heaviest loss ever recorded in a FIFA match. The result was in line with Samoa's status as the lowest ranked team in the FIFA listings, but the islanders were determined to improve their fortunes. They duly employed hardened Dutch coach Thomas Rongen to whip them into shape. How would a man who played alongside George Best and Johann Cruyff deal with footballers of a very different level as the qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup approached?

Product Details

Barcode
5051429102436
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Sep 2014
Type
TV Shows
Format
DVD
Genre
Action & Advenure
Sub-genre
Documentary
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Studio
Icon Home Entertainment
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Interviews: Directors' Q and A on American Samoa Radio
  • Other Documentary: 'Umu - Cooking the Samoan Way', 'Blunt's Point - Thomas Rallies the Troops'
Runtime
98 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

TV Show

Title
Next Goal Wins
Release Year
2014
Running Time
97 min
Language
English
Categories
Sports/Recreation / Various Sports / Documentary
Official Website
http://nextgoalwinsmovie.com/
Ratings
IMDb
7.9
Rotten Tomatoes®
100% 88%
Metacritic
71
Synopsis
Mike Brett and Steve Jamison's documentary NEXT GOAL WINS follows Thomas Rongen, a Dutch soccer coach who is hired to lead the national team for American Samoa, a famously pitiful outfit that spent nearly two decades at the bottom of FIFA's international rankings. He attempts to manage the team to its first victory ever in international competition during qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup.
Poster
Poster for Next Goal Wins
Cast & Crew
Director
Mike Brett / Steve Jamison
Composer
Roger Goula
Sound
Richard Lewis / Steven Parker
Host
Thomas Rongen / Jaiyah Saelua / Nicky Salapu
Movie Critics
Empire
4 stars out of 5 -- "Charming and uplifting."
Chris Hewitt (2 May 2014, )
Los Angeles Times
"NEXT GOAL WINS is an irresistible underdog story — sports-fan credentials not required..."
Los Angeles Times Critic (24 Apr 2014, )
New York Times
"[A] splendid celebration-of-humanity documentary..."
Anita Gates (24 Apr 2014, )
Total Film
"[A] small-scale but big-hearted documentary....NEXT GOAL WINS is a winner."
Jamie Graham (5 May 2014, )
Variety
"A genial documentary crowdpleaser about the world's worst international soccer team."
Variety Staff (5 May 2014, )