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Next Goal Wins [DVD]

Mike Brett , Steve Jamison    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Mike Brett, Steve Jamison
  • Producers: Mike Brett, Steve Jamison, Kristian Brodie
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ICON Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2014
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IKFFCNW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,616 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nil By Foot 3 Sep 2014
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Imagine being a part of something that was almost impossible and insurmountable to achieve anything other than saving face. Being right at the bottom of the barrel and losing heavily every time you participated. It would be very soul destroying. But this is only football, its not life or death i hear you cry.
Maybe so, However if i have ever seen a movie about successfully overcoming adversity then this may just be the most spirited of them all..without overlapping into mawkishness or over egging a plight with true tragedy.
Rongen,the new coach who is licking his own emotional wounds, becomes the film’s motivational appointee, who embraces his team and their culture, just as the movie itself does. One of the film’s intriguing characters—and one of Coach Rongen’s, as well—is Jaiyah, a courageous player who can be amiably transgendered in a country that actually accepts and celebrates the lifestyle. Her feminine ways are practically counterintuitive to a movie of this ilk but are right at home in this one.
Directors Mike Brett and Steve Jamison’s sports doc joins the American Samoa football team as they approach their qualification campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. To say they are underdogs is an understatement. Having never won a game(yes, thats right NEVER won a game in 2 decades) and once thumped 31-0 by Australia.
Next Goal Wins is very hard to be cynical with but very easy to name one of the better films to grace 2014 so far. It is a touch manipulative at times though the interpersonal stories all feel very weighty and have a humility and unpretentious approach to them. So its not really about the winning and losing, its not really about the taking part either. The film tries to elevate somewhere else..to a world where all that really matters is the experience of sharing.
It does not matter how close to perfection one may get, this is a winner for the loser in all of us.
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This is one of those films, like Senna, that have appeal above and beyond those who are fans of the sport they're about. You don't have to love football to love this film. And you will love this film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendously uplifting! 1 Sep 2014
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A film for sports fans and non-sports fans alike! Great characters, humour, and real edge-of-your-seat matches.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 13 Sep 2014
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every overpaid premier league player should watch this!they might learn a few things!
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