Nine for IX (2013– )
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The '99ers 

The world of women's sports was kicked upside down on July 10, 1999. Before a sold-out crowd of more than 90,000 at the Rose Bowl and an estimated 40 million Americans watching on ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Michelle Akers Michelle Akers ... Herself
Brandi Chastain ... Herself
Mia Hamm ... Herself
Briana Scurry ... Herself
Abby Wambach ... Herself


The world of women's sports was kicked upside down on July 10, 1999. Before a sold-out crowd of more than 90,000 at the Rose Bowl and an estimated 40 million Americans watching on television, the women's soccer team reached a cultural and athletic pinnacle with its penalty-kick shoot-out victory over China to win the Women's World Cup. These players were more than the pony-tailed poster girls celebrated by mainstream media. As told through the voice of a longtime team captain, Julie Foudy, we get an inside look at the strong team ethic and rare "do for each other" mentality that propelled them to victory that day and turned the team into a cultural touchstone. With unprecedented access, the film uses candid, behind-the-scenes footage shot by the players themselves during the tournament to present a unique portrait of the women who irrevocably changed the face of women's athletics. Reuniting key players from the 1999 squad and talking with current U.S. players as well, the film will ... Written by ESPN Films

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20 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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Terrific Look at the 1999 Championship Run
24 August 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Nine for IX: The '99ers (2013)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Highly entertaining entry in the ESPN series takes a look at the 1999 women's World Cup soccer team who pretty much took over the country on their way to the Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Eight former members of the team, including Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Michelle Akers, are on hand to discuss their memories of their epic run throughout the country and the countless people they turned onto the sport and the kids they inspired. THE '99ERS is without question one of the better documentaries in the series and it even holds up quite well against some of the better ones from the 30 FOR 30 series. I think the best thing about this is the actual story as we get to see how unpopular women's soccer was until these ladies came along and started selling out massive stadiums and leading to a championship game, which was viewed by over forty-million people. Some of the best stuff deals with footage shot by captain Julie Foudy, which shows us what was going on behind the scenes. A lot of this footage just shows the girl chilling and having fun before games but it's quite priceless to see. Even if you're not familiar with this team you're still going to enjoy everything that happens here. If you are a fan of them and remember watching these games back in 1999 then you're really going to get a kick out of seeing the ladies today as they go down memory lane.

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