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Reaching for the Stars

The «Victory Work» is titled «Reaching for the Stars». A hollowed-out sphere, this object permits the viewer not only to look into its core, but to physically enter it. Its images mainly concern the history and future of South Africa: Nelson Mandela's hand, the fingers of which extend into further hands, reaches through the bars of his prison cell, a flower buds from the townships and children, playing football on a sheet of glass, celebrate a goal. Two massive players in gold and silver are covered with photographic scenes from the world cup, which become recognisable when viewed from a short distance.

Unlike its predecessors, this work was created not before, but during the world cup. This made it possible to include impressions of the actual events during the competition in its design.

It was the only one of the Victory works to be signed after the world cup final, rather than immediately before it.

Diameter: 2.50 m
Signed by the Spanish players

  1. Iker Casillas
  2. Raúl Albiol
  3. Gerard Piqué
  4. Carlos Marchena
  5. Carles Puyol
  6. Andrés Iniesta
  7. David Villa
  8. Xavi
  9. Fernando Torres
  10. Cesc Fàbregas
  11. Joan Capdevila
  12. Víctor Valdés
  13. Juan Mata
  14. Xabi Alonso
  15. Sergio Ramos
  16. Sergio Busquets
  17. Álvaro Arbeloa
  18. Pedro
  19. Fernando Llorente
  20. Javi Martínez
  21. David Silva
  22. Jesús Navas
  23. Pepe Reina

Coach: Vicente Del Bosque
Signed by the Dutch players

  1. Maarten Stekelenburg
  2. Gregory van der Wiel
  3. John Heitinga
  4. Joris Mathijsen
  5. Giovanni van Bronckhorst
  6. Mark van Bommel
  7. Dirk Kuyt
  8. Nigel de Jong
  9. Robin van Persie
  10. Wesley Sneijder
  11. Arjen Robben
  12. Khalid Boulahrouz
  13. André Ooijer
  14. Demy de Zeeuw
  15. Edson Braafheid
  16. Michel Vorm
  17. Eljero Elia
  18. Stijn Schaars
  19. Ryan Babel
  20. Ibrahim Afellay
  21. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
  22. Sander Boschker
  23. Rafael van der Vaart

Coach: Bert van Marwijk
Assistant coach: Phillip Cocu
Assistant coach: Dick Voorn