No 24 (in a series of several): Uwe Seeler (1936 – )
This statue outside the Volksparkstadion, Hamburg has a very Pythonesque look to it. Unveiled in August, 2005 it is an exact replica, in bronze, of the right foot of the former German footballer Uwe Seeler. Obviously not to scale though. It cost €250,000, measures 2.3M x 5.3M x 5.15M and weighs in at 4 tons.
Seeler was the first player to appear in twenty world cup finals matches (playing in the same four finals as Pele (1958, 1962, 1966, and 1970)), the first player to score in four world cup final tournaments and the only player ever to score at least 2 goals in 4 tournaments.
During a twenty-year playing career with SV Hamburg he scored a rather impressive 226 goals in 318 league appearances, while notching up 43 goals in 72 appearance for his country.
He is pictured in what German Football Magazine Kicker considers to be the photo of the century leaving the pitch after West Germany’s 4-2 loss to England in the 1966 final…
… a picture not that dissimilar to this one taken of Wayne Rooney trudging of the pitch at Bloemfontein this summer …
… as sofacoach.de kindly points out. What goes around comes around, as they say.