American Samoa are, by many accounts, the worst national soccer team in history.
Currently ranked 196th out of 207 national teams in the FIFA rankings, American Samoa were joint-worst from their inception into FIFA in 1994 all the way to 2011. They’ve given up 294 goals in 42 matches. And last but not least, they hold the record for the most lopsided loss of all time, a 31-0 defeat to Australia.
Thirty-one to nothing. To Australia.
Enter Thomas Rongen, who previously coached DC United and the USA’s Under-20 national team. Rongen took over American Samoa in 2011, looking to make their
losing ways losing-by-double-digit ways a thing of the past. To track progress, a film crew followed the team around on their quest to win a game, any game.
The documentary is set to release later this year, and the trailer is goose-bump inducing.
There’s the goalkeeper who can’t remember how many goals he conceded to Australia. There’s the incredible story of the first-ever transgender international soccer player. The assistant coach who is pumped up that they “only gave up eight” this time. And then there’s the energetic Rongen, who might have the coolest, least-appreciated managerial job of all time.
We can’t wait until this comes out, if only because we might feel better about our own game after watching it.
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