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Following a 31- 0 drubbing at the hands of Australia in 2001, American Samoa were officially declared by FIFA to be the world’s worst football team. That did not put them off however, as this moving and uplifting documentary demonstrates. We join the team – who include the emotionally scarred goalkeeper who conceded those 31 goals, and the world’s first international transgender player - as they attempt to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with the help of maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen. Football fans will find much to enjoy, but what makes this film stand apart are its portraits of the wider, often impoverished American Samoan community, local pride, and a group of warm, charismatic (if not especially gifted) footballers, who embody the true spirit of sport.
Blend of comedy, sports and kung-fu action in which a team combining soccer skills and kung-fu on the pitch vie for a big tournament prize.
11+ years 99 mins
Compelling documentary about the golden age of West Indian cricket and the racial attitudes of the 1970s and 80s.
11+ years 87 mins
Drama about South Africa's 1995 hosting of the Rugby World Cup and the way the controversial event was made a success in the racially tense nation.
11+ years 128 mins
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