Football marks 1914 Christmas ceasefire

The football world has marked the 100th anniversary of the famous 1914 Christmas truce on the Western Front with two different sculptures, one in the UK and one in Flanders

UEFA, European football’s governing body, has honoured the memory of those involved in the famous football matches between opposing German and British forces with a sculpture installed at the site of one of the games in Belgium. The sculpture was created by UK design studio Designwerk. The sculpture, they say, “is 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 two war trenches, thereby connecting the past and present.”



It was unveiled yesterday by UEFA president Michel Platini and the Mayor of Ploegsteert, near Ypres, Gilbert Deleu

Photo: Virginia Mayo/AP

Meanwhile, as part of its Football Remembers project, the British Council, FA, Football League and Premier League revealed their own sculptural memorial to the events of Christmas Day 1914 at the National Arboretum today.

Their sculpture was designed by 10 year-old Spencer Turner, the winner of a competition organised by the British Council. See BBC story here