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Transgender player helps revive football's 'worst team ever'

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As the best footballing nations on the planet prepare for the World Cup, a new documentary celebrates how the game's worst team, American Samoa, bounced back from a record 31-0 defeat. 

A still from a film about soccer player Jaiyah Saelua, born John Saelua and recognised by FIFA as the first transgender player in international football

The film, "Next Goal Wins", tells how an unlikely group including international football's first transgender player, a psychologically scarred goalkeeper and a chain-smoking Dutch coach restored the tiny Pacific nation's footballing pride after the 2001 humiliation against Australia.

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