‘Next Goal Wins:’ South Florida soccer figure Thomas Rongen biggest winner in new movie

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MIAMI — Thomas Rongen thought he had seen it all throughout a soccer career that has spanned 50 years and included 27 stops ranging from Amsterdam to Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale to Minneapolis to Washington, D.C., to American Samoa. But nothing prepared the 67-year-old Inter Miami radio analyst for seeing himself portrayed by acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender in the new movie “Next Goal Wins,” which Rongen describes as “Ted Lasso meets Cool Runnings.” The movie, which opened in Miami on Thursday and was released nationwide Friday, is director Taika Waititi’s adaptation of the 2014 document…

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