The Minnows of World Soccer

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In a scene from The Other Final, players from the Bhutan and Montserrat teams pose after their 2002 soccer match. KesselsKramer hide caption

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Players from the Bhutan and Montserrat teams in a scene from 'The Other Final.'

In a scene from The Other Final, players from the Bhutan and Montserrat teams pose after their 2002 soccer match.

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Two sports-related posts in one day. I can't believe it. But this story is just precious. During the last World Cup in 2002, there was a Very Special Game between the two lowest-ranking teams.

This year, the event will not be repeated. Reuters quoted FIFA spokesman Markus Siegler at a daily briefing saying, "It's a shame, because it was a great occasion, and there was a great documentary made about it, but there are no plans to repeat the idea."

A documentary? It's called The Other Final. Dutch director Johan Kramer follows the team from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and the Caribbean island of Montserrat (ranked at 202 and 203 respectively). I won't give away the ending, but afterward, the two teams together watched Brazil trounce Germany.

You can watch the trailer for The Other Final here. I wish I'd known about it a little earlier — the DVD would have made a perfect Father's Day present.

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