FIFA World Cup Lesson From 'Worst Team Ever'

A documentary has been released showing the rise of American Samoa from their 31-0 defeat against Australia in the 2001 FIFA World Cup. The team consisted of football's first transgender player, a psychologically scarred goalkeeper and a chain-smoking Dutch coach.

updated: May 20, 2014 09:36 IST
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Wellington: As the best footballing nations on the planet prepare for the World Cup, a new documentary celebrates how the game's worst team, American Samoa, bounced back from a record 31-0 defeat.

The film, "Next Goal Wins", tells how an unlikely group including international football's first transgender player (Jaiyah-Saelua, in photograph below), a psychologically scarred goalkeeper and a chain-smoking Dutch coach restored the tiny Pacific nation's footballing pride after the 2001 humiliation against Australia.

When London-based filmmaker Mike Brett began work on the project in 2011, American Samoa had languished at the bottom of the FIFA rankings for the team's entire 17-year existence, losing all of the 30-plus matches they had contested.

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