Dir Mike Brett, Steve Jamison, 2014, UK, 93min, M, English | Cast Jaiyah Saelua, Nicky Salapu | Keywords Documentary, Developing Regions, LGBT | Courtesy of Madman Entertainment
SYDNEY | Saturday 24 October | 4.45pm | Palace Norton Street, Leichhardt | Session finished
Without a win. But never without hope
In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst soccer team on the planet. A decade after that humiliating night, they remain rooted to the bottom of FIFA's World rankings, having scored only twice in seventeen years.
They have lost every competitive game they have ever played. Against this backdrop of serial underachievement, the team face the daunting prospect of a qualification campaign for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
It would take a miracle-maker or a madman to turn the team's fortunes around - and in maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen the islanders somehow find both. As a loan appointment from the mighty U.S. Soccer Federation, with experience of playing alongside football greats like George Best and Johann Cruyff, Rongen is completely unprepared for what greets him on the island - in his own words it is "by far the lowest standard" of football he's ever seen.