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The Seeds of Victory


«The Seeds of Victory», David Pflugi's fifth work in honour of a Football World Cup, was the first one to be created entirely on location in the host country. It was signed by the players of the German and Argentinian national football teams at Rio's São Januário stadium on July 12th 2014.

The sculpture, measuring 8m in length and 3 m in height, took on different forms when viewed from different perspectives, showing amongst others a small child, a football and Rio's famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

The creation of the work began on October 1st 2013 and took place in the regions of Esplanada, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In July 2020, tragedy struck: The sculpture was destroyed in a fire. Its remains have been integrated into the Victory Work «From the Ashes».
Signed by the German players
July 12th 2014

  1. Manuel Neuer
  2. Kevin Grosskreutz
  3. Matthias Ginter
  4. Benedikt Hoewedes
  5. Mats Hummels
  6. Sami Khedira
  7. Bastian Schweinsteiger
  8. Mesut Oezil
  9. Andre Schuerrle
  10. Lukas Podolski
  11. Miroslav Klose
  12. Ron-Robert Zieler
  13. Thomas Mueller
  14. Julian Draxler
  15. Erik Durm
  16. Philipp Lahm
  17. Per Mertesacker
  18. Toni Kroos
  19. Mario Goetze
  20. Jerome Boateng
  21. Shkodran Mustafi
  22. Roman Weidenfeller
  23. Christoph Kramer

Coach: Joachim LOEW
Signed by the Argentinian players
July 12th 2014

  1. Sergio Romero
  2. Ezequiel Garay
  3. Hugo Campagnaro
  4. Pablo Zabaleta
  5. Fernando Gago
  6. Lucas Biglia
  7. Ángel Di María
  8. Enzo Pérez
  9. Gonzalo Higuaín
  10. Lionel Messi
  11. Maxi Rodríguez
  12. Agustín Orión
  13. Augusto Fernández
  14. Javier Mascherano
  15. Martín Demichelis
  16. Marcos Rojo
  17. Federico Fernández
  18. Rodrigo Palacio
  19. Ricky Álvarez
  20. Sergio Agüero
  21. Mariano Andújar
  22. Ezequiel Lavezzi
  23. José María Basanta

Coach: Alejandro SABELLA