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The power of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and an object lesson in what it really means to be a winner in life.

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Football Trainer American Samoa Team
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Herself
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Larry Mana'o ...
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Rawlston Masaniai ...
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Charles Uhrle

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Mike Brett
Steve Jamison

Produced by

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Adam Booth ... line producer
Mike Brett ... producer
Kristian Brodie ... producer
Steve Jamison ... producer
Miles Payne ... executive producer
David Stanland ... executive producer

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Roger Goula

Cinematography by

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Steve Jamison

Film Editing by

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Julian Quantrill

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Dave Cheng ... additional editor
Filipe Fernandes ... on-line editor
Dave Silver ... assistant editor
Rachael Spann ... additional editor
Berta Valverde ... picture assistant
Pat Wintersgill ... colorist

Production Management

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Marian Briozzo ... post-production supervisor
Lou Gallagher ... production manager
Anetta Jones ... production manager

Sound Department

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Sean Hill ... sound
Richard Lewis ... re-recording mixer / sound designer
Ben Marshall ... sound
Steven Parker ... re-recording mixer / sound designer

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Donald McKinnon ... camera operator: u.s.a.

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Sarah Bridge ... music supervisor
Andy Simms ... composer: additional music

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Patrick Fischer ... managing director
Joel Hartman ... additional original music
Chris Perez ... clearance counsel (as Christopher L. Perez) / clearance counsel
Andy Simms ... additional original music
Samuel Smith ... additional original music

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Lauren Dark ... thanks
Cynthia De Souza ... the producers wish to thank
Tom Hodgson ... thanks
Paul Johnstone ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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 soccer 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 qualification campaign for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It would take a miracle-maker or a madman to turn the team's fortunes around - and in maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen the islanders somehow find both. As a loan appointment from the mighty U.S. Soccer Federation, with experience of playing alongside football greats like George Best and Johann Cruyff, Rongen is completely unprepared for what greets him on the island - in his own words it is "by far the lowest standard" of football he's ever seen, with only half of his team even fit enough to play a whole game. A lack of athleticism aside, Rongen's ailing squad contains the emotionally scarred goalkeeper who conceded 31 goals against Australia a decade earlier and a member of Samoa's third gender, the fa'fafine, who lives 24/7 as a woman. To complicate matters further the team's best player has been posted 6000 miles away by the US military. With the team about to embark on a grueling World Cup Qualification campaign, Rongen has just one month to transform this ragtag of losers into a winning team - and perhaps learn a little about himself along the way. Written by Next Goal Wins

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Also Known As
  • Une équipe de rêve (France)
  • El peor equipo del mundo (Spain)
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  • 97 min
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