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Netflix to make film about the iconic 99ers

Netflix to make film about the 99ers, the iconic 1999 Women's World Cup-winning USWNT side

May 13, 2020 By Ali M.
The streaming site has acquired the rights to tell the story of the legendary USWNT side that propelled women's football.

Netflix has landed the rights to Jere Longman's book "The Girls of Summer: The US Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed The World" and will be bringing the story of USWNT's 1999 World Cup success onto the big screens.

The movie will follow the heroics of Mia Hamm and Co. at the World Cup held in the United States right before the turn of the century. The film will be produced by Liza Chasin, most famous for her role in Darkest Hour, Baby Driver, and Love Actually.

This movie will follow the USWNT and their quest to lift the ultimate prize for the second time. While the now four-time world champions won the inaugural title, the 99ers are seen as the most influential and inspiring squad, propelling women's football and paving the way for the current superstars such as Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.

And the climax to their campaign could not have been more befitting. USWNT faced China PR in the final, a game which headed to penalty shootouts after a 0-0 stalemate. The game was decided by the final kick, which Brandi Chastain converted. What followed is one of the most iconic celebration in women's football: her ripping her shirt off and dropping to her knees in a mixture of shock and emphatic joy.

Netflix checked up with the 99ers legends before bringing their iconic story to the screens 

Netflix films vice president Tendo Nagenda spoke on that 1999 campaign, saying (as per Goal): "Watching the USA team that summer made me forget I had no money and little more than a dream to feed me. That team, that goal, and Brandi Chastain's unforgettable reaction–in which she ripped off her shirt and dropped to her knees in astonishment–made me believe I could do anything, and do it my way."

Nagenda spoke of the importance of the 99ers and Chastain's iconic goal and celebration, adding: "It transformed millions of new converts into soccer fans. It led to more funding and recognition for women's soccer around the world, including helping establish the first professional North American women's soccer league.

"But most importantly, it started important conversations about gender in sports - propelling women's leagues forward all over the world, and inspiring an entire generation of young girls to dream bigger, thus paving the way for Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and so many others to aspire to represent Team USA."

Since then, both the Women's World Cup and women's football in general have been making impressive strides. Lovers of the game can now re-live the moment that kicked things off.


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