Next Goal Wins

American Samoa's soccer team has the dubious honor of being the lowest team in the FIFA rankings, a position they earned by having never once won a competitive match and by only scoring two goals in seventeen years. Their biggest claim to fame has been the world record they set back in 2001... the biggest loss ever recorded when they conceded 31 goals and scored none in a game with Australia.

Next Goal Wins follows the current team during their campaign to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and far from being a straight up sports documentary solely for football fantatics it focuses instead on the strength of spirit and character needed to want to turn up and represent your country with the cloud of 'world's worst' hanging over you. With new coach Thomas Rongen loaned to them by the US soccer federation they have just one month to get ready for the qualifiers - and half the team aren't even fit enough to play a full game.

The documentary also introduces it's audience to Nicky Salapu - the team's goalkeeper and the only player left from the squad that was beaten by Australia, and to Saelua Jaiyah, the first transgender player in the international game.

Praised for its big heart, sensitivity and uplifting nature Next Goal Wins is currently certified '100% Fresh' on Rotten Tomatoes and has an 8.7 rating on IMDB.

It's getting a fairly limited release and I've opted for Hackney Picturehouse because it's a tiny £6 on Monday and that's the best deal I can find.  As the screen it's in showing is small (only about fifty seats left as I write this) I would recommend booking ahead of time, tickets might not be available on the night.  You can book tickets here, please note the actual film start time is 6.20pm (Meetup only allows scheduling on the quarter hours).

Those who have RSVP'd will get full meet up details the evening before, and the plan is to head to a bar afterwards to discuss the film.

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  • Valeria

    I loved this movie! I laughed, I cheered, I cried but above all I was inspired! The really amazing part is that this is true story told by the people who lived it whilst they lived it. Even with a football backdrop this is so much more than football. It is really about how strong, resilient us humans are and how much we can achieve if we put out hearts & mind to it and it is about how much we can achieve if we all become "one". Well done Michelle. You picked a winner!!!

    May 12

  • Mel H.

    Great film - When can we see it again?!!
    thanks Michelle for finding such a gem .....

    May 12

    • Michelle

      Oh I'd merrily watch that again, no hesitation. It'll definitely be one of those DVDs I buy mostly to lend people and go, "Oh you should see this..." lol

      1 · May 12

  • Trudi

    Awesome film, hit on every single level. I'm going to push harder during swim training now!

    May 12

  • Fay

    I'm not going to be able to make it afterall either (and I had also booked my ticket :-( ). Sounds like a great film, so I hope you all enjoy and meet you another time.

    May 12

  • Joanne L.

    Looks like I will be seeing you after, time got away from me!

    May 12

  • Trudi

    I might be late. Had to head to Canary Wharf @ 4pm but on my wsy now. Grrrr work always gets in the way :-(

    May 12

  • Hagit A.

    Unfortunately I won't make it, which is too bad especially as I've booked my ticket already:( Hopefully next time!

    May 12

    • Michelle

      That is a shame :( hope to see you soon

      May 12

  • Michelle

    I just realised the comment I left last night didn't post! I have sent out meet up details. If you didn't receive them please let me know :)

    May 12

    • Joanne L.

      I've just RSVP'd so if you can send again that would be great! :-)

      May 12

    • Michelle

      Done :)

      May 12

  • Marianne

    Can't make this as I'm going to the "Beyond" PV at The Ivy, Monday evening......

    May 11

  • Trudi

    I'm a 'Maybe'. Depends whether I'm in Shoreditch or the Wharf as to whether I can make it. Hope to be there!

    May 6

    • Michelle

      Here's hoping for Shoreditch then :)

      May 6

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