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Kicking and screaming

English underac hievement at the World Cup is put into perspective by FIFA’s worst football team, American Samoa. Mike Brett and Steve Jamison’s doc charts the tiny Pacific island’s qualification campaign, as a gruff Dutch coach attempts to transform amateurs into contenders.

Premiership prima donnas could learn much from the players’ spirit and geniality, while armchair travellers will benefit from the film’s window onto a neglected nation, not least its cultural openness to embrace football’s first international transgender star. Hollywood hasn’t made an underdog sporting movie this funny or surprising in years.

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