1914. The eve of World War I. The film starts with the moment of Archduke Ferdinand's assassination. The story is centered on the lives of four friends. Two of them, Andrey and Nikolai, are brothers. In the past, their father was a patron of sports or at least someone with a keen interest in football. He bet all of his money on the Russian Olympic team, but they lost 0:16 to the Germans in Stockholm in 1912. It ruined him and he lost his mind. Then their mother died and now the brothers live in the apartment of their uncle who is a doctor. They too are infatuated with football. They try out for the adult teams formed by Englishmen who work in St. Petersburg. They aren't taken, and so they decide to form their own team. But they need to buy a field, and so they start to play football for money. They play with dock workers, newspaper boys, students and seminarians ... more >>