Thursday, September 18, 2014

Alles Les Verts, etc.

Palpable excitement building through this afternoon & into the evening at TOoT Towers as the group stages of the Europa League kick-off, with section F featuring three of the more romantic & our very favourite continental names in the form of Saint-Etienne, Internazionale & the former Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk (preferring to remain true to the Soviet Russian styling, of course), who, in any sane world, would constitute three of any season’s Champions’ League semi-finalists (with Atlético Madrid completing the line-up), let alone this particular tournament’s, impossible now though the latter is  – what a shame that, through the vagaries of the draw, one of these fine clubs must be eliminated from European competition even before the end of the year: may the best teams win & the deserving pair subsequently prevail.

(mention should also be made, perhaps, of the other rather interesting name completing Group F, Qarabag of Azerbaijan)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #155 (Wlodzimierz Lubanski: Poland)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Continuing the project in the form of Wlodzimierz Lubanski, who, as a star of the Poland team, was represented in both the FKS & Panini World Cup ’74 sticker albums in anticipation of the role he might play in the tournament (already, he had applied a significant blow to England’s qualification prospects with the second goal in the Poles’ 2 – 0 win in a match between the two).
Alas, injury prevented Lubanski from being available for selection for the Poland squad for the World Cup, thus his relationship to the competition is as another of those ghosts absent from proceedings themselves but still haunting the memorabilia associated with, his name presenting itself at a later date.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #154 (Peter Ducke: East Germany)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest drawing in the project represents the previously unknown (in common with most of the featured names from the time) Peter Ducke, who was selected for inclusion in both the FKS & Panini World Cup ’74 sticker albums &, subsequently, the official East Germany squad for the Finals, where he went on to make three appearances as a substitute over the course of the East Germans’ total of six matches during the First & Second Round group phases.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #153 (Carlos Caszely: Chile)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Today we represent the generously-moustachioed Carlos Caszély, a photo sticker of whom was featured in both the FKS & Panini World Cup 1974 collectors’ albums (the former providing the original source image for our subsequent ‘re-mediation’ in this instance) & who was selected as a member of the Chile squad for the tournament, at which he played twice, in the first match against the hosts West Germany, during which he was sent off (becoming the first player to be physically shown a red card in the process), & what proved to be the Chileans’ last, the goalless draw with Australia that resulted in both teams being eliminated at the conclusion of the First Round.

Research reveals that Caszély had further interesting history with the World Cup, featuring when Chile qualified for the Finals again in 1982 in Spain, missing a crucial penalty in a 0 – 1 defeat to Austria, again being absent from the Chileans’ second match (coincidentally against his earlier nemesis West Germany) & then being substituted whilst Chile were 0 – 3 in arrears to Algeria in their final fixture with his replacement scoring the second of Chile's comeback goals in an eventual 2 – 3 defeat.

At the time of the ’74 World Cup, & although he played the majority of his career for Colo Colo, in two spells, in Chile, Caszely had spent the preceding season in Spain, playing for Levante, going on afterwards to Espanyol for a further four years, & tonight our thoughts turn to Spain & indisputably the most delightful result of the weekend (even considering Wrexham’s late comeback triumph over Welling), Atlético’s wonderful 2- 1 victory in the Madrid derby – happy days indeed.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #152 (Denis Law: Scotland)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Continuing the drawing project, the portrait subject today is Denis Law who, after been represented in both the FKS & Panini World Cup ’74 preview/commemorative sticker albums, was selected for the official Scotland squad for the tournament & subsequently the Scots’ first match of it, the 2 – 0 victory over Zaire, which proved to be his last appearance for his country & almost of his professional career.

As with the majority of the Scottish team(s) who featured at the ’74 World Cup, Law’s is probably a name that registered at the time of exposure to the televised coverage of the tournament, although subsequent awareness of the historical significance of the player’s career as one became a keen student of the game might have blurred such recollections.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #151 (Clodoaldo: Brazil)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

This most recent drawing features Clodoaldo, who was represented in both the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ & Panini ‘München 74’ sticker albums which provide the original source material for the project, but alas missed the 1974 World Cup itself, having to withdraw on the eve of the tournament from the Brazil squad due to injury, thus becoming another of the ‘ghosts’ inhabiting these parts, absent from actual proceedings back in the day yet maintaining a presence via associated memorabilia & such endeavours as this project.