We Are Eleven: #2 Pied La Biche – Soccer Recreationists

The 1982 match between France and West Germany is a World Cup classic. The semi-final in Seville was eventually won by Germany 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 3-3 after extra time, but that only gives you a small sense of how action-packed the match was. The match contained an incident that has been described as “one of history’s most shocking fouls” as German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher clattered into Patrick Battiston, knocking out the front teeth of the French player, breaking his jaw and leaving him unconscious. Pehaps most amazingly only a goal kick was awarded!

Using Lyon as the pitch, French art collective Pied La Biche explores the city to recreate their own vision of this epic game, using anything from derelict industrial sites to town squares and freeways rather than a soccer field. We spend a day with the collective as they demonstrate exactly how they reenacted the famous match, using only a camera, a laptop, walkie-talkies and a lot of patience.

For an insight into the We Are Eleven series check out our interview with producer Santiago Stelley.