In 1908, the first international rugby match was played in Paris between France and England. Rousseau painted this happy scene that same year. The football players almost look like cut-out puppets, their positive shapes seem pasted onto the scene in collage-like style. Rousseau confuses perspective and scale and makes us wonder which we should believe - the scale of the men or the trees. The football player closest to us in the center of the painting is said to be a self-portrait of Rousseau. There is no sun or moon in this painting, but Rousseau included his trademark circle shape, this time as a ball.