On Wednesday, a 16-foot statue of Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi was unveiled outside the Pompidou Centre in Paris (right).
Adel Abdessemed, the Algerian-born artist of the statue, said, "This statue goes against the tradition of making statues in honour of certain victories. It is an ode to defeat."
Other soccer players have also been the subject of statues.
There is a statue of Bobby Moore outside of Wembley Stadium and one of Thierry Henry outside of Emirates Stadium. Carlos Valderrama, and his golden locks, greet fans outside Estadio Eduardo Santos in Santa Marta, Columbia (right).
Some stadiums choose to honor executives, coaches, or celebrities.
In MLS, there is a statue of League founder Lamar Hunt outside of FC Dallas Stadium. Craven Cottage - Fulham's home ground - has a statue of the legendary pop singer Michael Jackson. A statue of Bob Marley strums a guitar outside the entrance to Independence Park ("The Office"), home of Jamaica's national team.
YOU TELL US: What soccer statue would you build?
D.C. United's ownership group, players, and staff served lunch at SOME (So Others Might Eat) today. The club's mission is to "Win championships and serve the community."
D.C. United owners Will Chang (left), Erick Thohir (right) and Jason Levien (background)
D.C. United owners Jason Levien (foreground) and Erick Thohir (background)
D.C. United staff member Aprile Pritchet (left) and Chris Pontius (right)
Chris Pontius (foreground) and D.C. United staff member Boris Flores (background)
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A summary of tweets from players after Sunday night's match against Chivas USA. D.C. United won the match 1-0 and moved into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference.
Another HUGE win for us 2nite! All around great effort from the guys!! Thanks to all who came out n supported!! #VAMOSUNITED
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) September 24, 2012
— Dejan Jakovic (@DejanJakovic) September 24, 2012
Big win! Wasn't the cleanest of games but so happy for Branko! Thanks to all the fans that made it out
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) September 24, 2012
Thanks to all those Dc United fans!!!Very Proud of my teammates,well Done guys!! 3 points.. #vamosqvamosDc#
—M.Saragosa (@MarceloSaragosa) September 24, 2012
A summary of tweets from players after Thursday's match against the Philadelphia Union. D.C. United won the match 1-0 and moved in to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
DWAYNE DE ROSARIO ENJOYED PAJOY'S GOAL ...
Gooooaaaallllllaasssssooooo... Great ball and finish. Well done #DCU. Lock it down now!
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) September 21, 2012
... AND THE WIN
Win is a win especially on the road & around this time. Well done #DCU...
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) September 21, 2012
DEFENDER MIKE CHABALA
— Michael Chabala (@Chabala6) September 21, 2012
Big shout out to the lads today. They played w/ determination & grit & the level was magnificent.. They deserve every praise. Next chivas
— Bill Hamid (@BillHamid28) September 21, 2012
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) September 21, 2012
Join us at Glory Days Grill Centreville tonight to watch D.C. United take on the Philadelphia Union and to support United for D.C.
15% of sales during the viewing party will go to back to the United for D.C.
- Meet backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra
- Enter to win an autographed ball, jersey, or a prize pack that includes two tickets to a D.C. United match
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Ahead of our rivalry match against the Philadelphia Union on Thursday, we are asking you to lend us your voice. Show your support for the Black-and-Red by creating an original poster.
The top two designs selected by mlssoccer.com will win a free jersey.
Below are some examples of what fans have already created. Think you can do better? Start your poster
WATCH: D.C. United vs the Philadelphia Union on ESPN 2 on Thursday, September 20 - 8:00 PM
Showing your pride in D.C. United and your membership in a supporters club has never been easier thanks to our Team Store.
D.C. United's Team Store at RFK Stadium is now offering fans the opportunity to have new or previously purchased official team gear customized with their supporters group logo. The customization is FREE. Examples below:
The Team Store at RFK Stadium is open weekdays from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (except holidays).
- This offer is available only at the Team Store at RFK Stadium.
- Barra Brava has opted not to participate in the program. Barra members should contact their leadership for more information.
- Previously purchased items do not require a receipt, but must be official team gear.
RELATED: John Wall spotted in Miami wearing his D.C. United jersey.
In the Spring, Wizards point guard John Wall was spotted in Miami Beach, FL wearing the jersey of a D.C. United rival, so Chris Pontius was dispatched to the Verizon Center to give Mr. Wall a proper jersey to wear.
On September 7, Wall was back in Miami, but this time he was rockin' the Black-and-Red.
Wall tweeted (@John_Wall) "Coolin "the following photo:
We was also spotted on the website cityneversleeps.com at the same event in his jersey.
Chris Pontius gave Wall the jersey back in April.
YOU TELL US: When do you wear your D.C. United jersey? Leave a comment below.
Unprecedented access will tell a different story of the typical day for MLS’s 2011 MVP
In the coming days, D.C. United players will be featured prominently across national television as the squad enters its most crucial part of the season. Below are some brief highlights and when the action will take place. Don’t forget to tune in or set your DVR’s!
MLS36 with Dwayne De Rosario on NBC
In the days before D.C. United’s game with Philadelphia on 8/19, NBC Sports was granted unprecedented access to 2011 MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario. The feature chronicles the 36 hours prior to a game, and all of the prep that goes along with it, for De Rosario. De Rosario will be the third feature in the series, which has already gone through 36 hours with Chris Wondolowski of the Earthquakes and Fredy Montero of the Sounders. Make sure and tune in to NBC Sports Network at 7:00pm ET on Wednesday night to catch this one of a kind feature.
ESPN2 Feature on Andy Najar
United defender-midfielder and Edison High School (Alexandria, VA) standout Andy Najar has one of the most compelling stories in all of soccer – from his family background, to his unique abilities that has seen him spend valuable minutes in international competition as well as being one of the most exciting young players around. ESPN joined Andy at a few training sessions this summer to sit down and tell that story. Make sure and check it out during the pre-game show for D.C. United v Philadelphia Union on Thursday at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2.
We Live Soccer
Earlier in the summer, FOX Soccer spent some time in and around not only RFK Stadium, but the Greater Washington area to pull together a new and fresh look at soccer and culture in D.C. The crew spent times with D.C. United players like Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius, and even spent some time in the stands of RFK Stadium during a game. Tune in on Monday, September 24th at 7:30pm ET to see the special.
Head Coach Ben Olsen became the ninth person (seventh player) inducted into the club's Hall of Tradition on Saturday night. Below are photos from the ceremony and the celebration by supporters groups.