Cultivating love

Coach Tarasov and his players

Coach Tarasov and his players


We hear early in the film of the admiration the players had for their coach. The coach cultivated in them love, which was described in the film as “the strongest of feelings...and the most true” (watch video segment, 10:59-12:05).

How can we cultivate love in our households, in our neighborhoods, in our city, and world?

One way the movie hints toward doing this is that the level and intensity of training and discipline built them as a team together and increased their loyalty to one another.

They weren’t a perfect group of people. Their homeland was on the wrong side of the moral history in many ways. But, what can we learn from the players who lost this big game, about love and community? How is that translated into the life of faith?