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Memorial To Xmas Day Truce Football Match Revealed

Thu 11th Dec 2014 | UEFA

On Christmas Day 100 years ago an extraordinary event occurred during the First World War in Flanders.

The British and German troops organised a spontaneous cessation of hostilities, and met each other between the trenches to exchange gifts, sing Christmas carols together, and organise an impromptu football match.

UEFA is celebrating this remarkable event on 11th December at a ceremony in a village near Ypres in Belgium, where a special memorial will be unveiled by federation president Michel Platini, accompanied by royalty and dignatories from both sides.

UEFA memorial1 (UEFA Memorial in pro#BA8561.jpg)Branding agency Designwerk was commissioned to create the memorial, which they based on the look of an old exploded shell dug up from the actual site of the football match. The monument was produced by sculpture company MDM, and is made from steel with a rust effect, at the top of which is a replica of a period leather football.

The memorial sculpture sits on a stone platform with two cracks extending from its base, which turn gradually into representations of 2 war trenches, thereby connecting the past and present. A special football match will take place every year on the site, to commemorate the anniversary.

"This remembrance ceremony," said Mr Platini, "pays homage to the soldiers who, a century ago, expressed their humanity by coming together to play football, thereby opening an important chapter in the construction of European unity and serving as an example for today's young people to follow."

Designwerk creative director Cristian Cook comments: “It was an immense honour to be given the responsibility of creating a memorial to commemorate such a significant moment in history.”

1914 truce match (1914 Xmas Day Truce #BA88F2.jpg)


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