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. 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.
A film for non-football lovers and football fans alike, Next Goal Wins is a classic underdog story set amongst the beauty and tribal magic of the South Pacific. Giving a unique insight in to the Samoan way of life, the film brims with infectious personalities, not least the stunning, six-foot centre-half, Jaiyah, the world’s first professional transgender footballer, and Thomas Rongen the brash outspoken high-level coach who undergoes a remarkable epiphany.
This release comes complete with hilarious deleted scenes including "Amerika Samoa" – Learn the national Anthem as well as Blunt’s Point – Thomas Rallies the Troops. Next Goal Wins will see you laugh and cry in equal measures – be sure to grab your copy when it is released this autumn.
Next Goal Wins will be released on UK DVD and be available on Video on Demand on 1st September 2014 by Icon Entertainment at the RRP of £15.99 (for the DVD).
The extra features are:
Fa’a Malosi – Singing in Pago
Amerika Samoa – Learn the National Anthem
Directors' Q&A on American Samoa Radio V103
Umu – Cooking the Samoan way
Blunt’s Point – Thomas Rallies the Troops
Read our review of the cinema releases.