Next Goal Wins tells the true and hilariously heartwarming story of the American Samoa national soccer team’s efforts to make the 2014 World Cup. They were publicly humiliated by a 31-0 drubbing to Australia in 2001, which still ranks as the worst loss in FIFA history. The US Soccer Federation hires Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender), a renowned former Dutch player and coach, to change their fortune. Rongen, a belligerent drunk with anger issues, has a difficult time acclimating to the friendly and accepting culture of the natives. He gets off to an insulting start with Jaiyah Saelua (Kaimana), a fa’afafine, third-gender player, who’s considered male and allowed to participate.
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