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A Thurston County man was on the world’s worst soccer team; Now, his story is a Hollywood movie

A Thurston County man was on the world’s worst soccer team; Now, his story is a Hollywood movie

[American Samoa’s Goalie Nicky Salapu’s Worst Day Turned Into a Hilarious Comedy

Just imagine the worst day of your life being turned into a comedy film. Well, that’s exactly what happened to Nicky Salapu, the former goalie for the American Samoa soccer team. The team’s humiliating defeat at the hands of the Australian national team in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in 2001 has been immortalized in the new soccer comedy-drama “Next Goal Wins.”

The infamously terrible American Samoa soccer team, as described by movie website IMDB, suffered the worst loss in soccer history for a senior national team, and Salapu, who allowed 31 goals by the Australian team, was at the center of it all. The Samoan team failed to score a single goal, and their defeat has now been brought to the big screen in a comedic retelling of this epic sports debacle.

With Hollywood heavyweight Michael Fassbender (“X-Men,” “Prometheus,” “Steve Jobs”) leading the cast in the $14 million film, “Next Goal Wins” is sure to draw audiences looking for a good laugh and a heartwarming underdog story. The film also features Australian actor Uli Latukefu as the team’s coach and English actress Elizabeth Moss, known for her role in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” as the team therapist. With such star power and an incredible true story as its foundation, “Next Goal Wins” is set to be a hit among sports fans and moviegoers alike.

The movie offers a fresh take on the underdog sports story, turning a tale of defeat and embarrassment into one of redemption and hope. Salapu’s journey from the worst day of his life to a lighthearted comedy on the silver screen is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of perseverance. His story is one that audiences will be sure to root for and find inspiration in.

Salapu, now 43, has undoubtedly faced his fair share of challenges since that fateful game in 2001. However, through “Next Goal Wins,” he is able to reclaim his narrative and show the world that even the most humiliating defeat can be transformed into a source of laughter and joy. The film is a reminder that sometimes, the most unlikely heroes emerge from the most unlikely circumstances, and Salapu’s story is a testament to the strength of the human will and the enduring power of the human spirit.

“Next Goal Wins” offers a heartwarming and uplifting experience for audiences, reminding them that even in the face of defeat, there can be redemption and triumph. The film’s unique blend of sports, humor, and drama is sure to captivate audiences and leave them feeling inspired. It’s a story that proves that even the worst day of your life can be turned into a comedy, and sometimes, laughter truly is the best medicine.

So, if you’re looking for a feel-good movie that will make you laugh, cry, and cheer, “Next Goal Wins” is the perfect choice. Don’t miss the chance to witness the incredible journey of Nicky Salapu and the American Samoa soccer team as they turn defeat into victory, one goal at a time.

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