Football Club Zvezda | National Geographic in Russia

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The story of Football Club Zvezda, which was formed for players with cerebral palsy

GENNADI GERASIMOV: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

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SERGEY GORDEEV: There are government programs for children with special needs in Russia, but their benefits are mostly limited to immediate medical issues. So when it comes to teaching kids self-confidence and basic life skills, the importance of Coach Gerasimov's team is paramount.

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SERGEY GORDEEV: For coach Gerasimov, teaching physical skills is only part of a game. What football is really about is inspiration. Today, he's making it possible for the boys to meet Zenit St. Petersburg legend Aleksandr Kerzhakov. He's the all-time leading scorer in the Russian national team history.

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ALEKSANDR KERZHAKOV: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

SERGEY GORDEEV: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

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SERGEY GORDEEV: But if the World Cup can be a life-changing experience for millions of regular fans, imagine how it might change the life of three boys with special needs from St. Petersburg.

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GENNADI GERASIMOV: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

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