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Le rêve du football

«Le rêve du football» - the first of the Victory works - was completed after about five months of work in 1998. It was one of David Pflugi's first major artistic endeavours.

The painting shows the long and stony road the players must overcome in order to qualify for the world cup in France. Football players in gold, silver and bronze symbolise their victories along the way and their hopes for the final. The golden player is just about to score the winning goal, and a dreamlike rendition of the Arc de Triomphe hovers in a semi-transparent bubble above them, along with the world cup trophy. The face of Michel Platini, head of the organisational committee of the 1998 world cup, can be seen on the horizon.

Width: 1.35 m
Height: 1.86 m
Signed by the French players on
July 10th 1998

  1. Bernard Lama (GK)
  2. Vincent Candela
  3. Bixente Lizarazu
  4. Patrick Vieira
  5. Laurent Blanc
  6. Youri Djorkaeff
  7. Didier Deschamps (captain)
  8. Marcel Desailly
  9. Stéphane Guivarc'h
  10. Zinédine Zidane
  11. Robert Pires
  12. Thierry Henry
  13. Bernard Diomède
  14. Alain Boghossian
  15. Lilian Thuram
  16. Fabien Barthez (GK)
  17. Emmanuel Petit
  18. Frank Lebœuf
  19. Christian Karembeu
  20. David Trezeguet
  21. Christophe Dugarry
  22. Lionel Charbonnier (GK)

Coach: Aimé Jacquet
Assistant coach: Roger Lemerre
Signed by the Brazilian players on
July 10th 1998

  1. Taffarel (GK)
  2. Cafu
  3. Aldair
  4. Júnior Baiano
  5. César Sampaio
  6. Roberto Carlos
  7. Giovanni
  8. Dunga (captain)
  9. Ronaldo
  10. Rivaldo
  11. Emerson
  12. Carlos Germano
  13. Zé Carlos
  14. Gonçalves
  15. André Cruz
  16. Zé Roberto
  17. Doriva
  18. Leonardo
  19. Denílson
  20. Bebeto
  21. Edmundo
  22. Dida (GK)

Coach: Mário Zagallo
Assistant coach: Zico