Soccer is widely regarded as one of the most athletic sports of all time. It is one of the sports that we enjoy watching with friends and family. The game has its ups and downs; one loses while the other wins. ‘Next Goal Wins’ is the story about the world’s weakest soccer team, The American Samoa national team, who recorded the biggest loss in international soccer with a losing match of 31-0 against the Australian national team in 2002 FIFA Qualifiers.
2014 DOCUMENTARY FILM
The film is based on the 2014 documentary film of the same name directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison. It is about the efforts put in by one of the best soccer coaches, Thomas Rongen (played by Michael Fassbender), to remove the weakest team’s title from the head of American Samoa. In 2011, he was appointed as the new head coach and set his goal to convert the squad into an elite team.
Next Goal Wins will primarily focus on the one-year journey of Thomas Rongen, improving the gameplay of the players. If talked about the American Samoa national soccer team, their history with soccer could not be seen. We have often heard about unbeatable teams and athletes, but this team remained at the last place for over 20 years. They never won an international match. They were humiliated and always seen as inferior to everyone.
FIRST VICTORY IN 15 YEARS
In November 2011, months after Rongen was appointed, they won the first international match after consecutive 30 defeats. The change in the play of the team was highly noticeable to the audience. Who would have thought that change in the gameplay in 2011 will last for the next ten years? American Samoa is now an average team that has missed out on the FIFA Qualifiers for the last 8 years by a minimal margin. They will hopefully prove their worth in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
From the detailed information we have got to know, we can confidently say that this movie will definitely live up to its expectations and attract the audience it needs.
TAIKA WATITI IS THE DIRECTOR
Iain Morris and Ragnorok’s director Taika Watiti is writing the screenplay for the film with Taika to direct under Imaginarium Productions. Fassbender has been in Academy Award-winning movies doing his outstanding acting like Magneto in the famous X-Men franchise. Taika might be seen in the movie in a cameo as well.
The film’s cast has been announced, but their roles are not yet revealed in front of the audience. Elisabeth Moss, Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Beulah Koale, and Armie Hammer are known to play a major role in the film. The movie’s filming was completed in January 2020, but the production company announced no official release date. The fans are expecting it to come at the end of 2020 or the starting weeks of 2021.