Tuesday, December 16, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #208 (Roberto Telch: Argentina)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest drawing in the Project is a graphite re-mediation of an image of Roberto Telch, who was represented in both the FKS & Panini World Cup ’74 commemorative sticker albums (our original source material being provided by the former in this instance), & was chosen as a member of the Argentina squad for the Finals, where, after appearing as a 67th-minute substitute for his country in their opening match, the 2 – 3 defeat to Poland, he played in all but one of the Argentinians’ five subsequent fixtures, missing only another loss, against Brazil.

Telch was previously featured as the subject of a drawing in an earlier incarnation of the 1974 World Cup project, which can be found here, &, sadly, passed away very recently, in October of this year.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #207 (Col Curran: Australia)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Continuing the Project’s proceedings with a re-mediation of an image, as-ever randomly-chosen, of Colin Curran, who was represented amongst the 16-man Australia selection in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ sticker album & subsequently included in his country’s official squad for the Finals (Curran was very much in the minority to actually be Australian by birth), where he went on to play in each of Australia’s three matches.
Curran also holds the distinction of being the first Australian to score at a World Cup Finals, & indeed the only one at the 1974 event, although unfortunately it was an own-goal, to East Germany’s benefit in the teams’ opening fixture, which subsequently ended 2 – 0 to the East Germans.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #206 (Julio Cesar Gimenez: Uruguay)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

This, the Project’s most recent drawing features a re-mediation of one Julio César Jiménez, who was represented upon a sticker – erroneously as ‘Gimenez’ - in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ commemorative album & then was chosen as a member of the official Uruguay squad for the Finals where, alas, he was not selected to make an appearance on the field of play in any of the Uruguayans’ three First Round matches, after which, bottom of their group with but a single point, they departed the tournament, without making the slightest impression upon my consciousness at the time.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #205 (Pierre Bayonne: Haiti)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest randomly-chosen subject/image to be re-mediated through the drawing process is (one of) Pierre Bayonne, who was represented in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ sticker album, amongst the 16-strong Haiti selection, but not the reduced 6-man group that had to suffice for the ‘minnow’ nations (also including both AustraliaZaire) in the Panini ’München 74’ collection.
Subsequently, Bayonne was chosen as a member of the official Haitian squad for the Finals, where he went on to play in all 3 of his country’s matches in the tournament, then the first & still the only World Cup for which Haiti have qualified.

Monday, December 08, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #204 (Gerrie Muhren: Holland)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest drawing in the Project is a representation of an image of Gerrie Muhren, who was selected for inclusion in both the FKS & Panini World Cup ’74 collections, but not the official Holland squad for the Finals, thus being another of the particular ‘ghosts’ of the project, present, & hauntologically preserved to memory, via such items of memorabilia as the sticker albums.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #203 (Georg Schwarzenbeck: West Germany)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Continuing the Project & featuring as our re-mediated subject (Hans-)Georg Schwarzenbeck, who was represented on a sticker in  the Panini ’München 74’  album & subsequently selected as a member of the West Germany squad for the World Cup Finals, at which he was appeared in all 7 of the hosts’ matches as they went on to win the tournament, although, unlike some of his teammates, his name did not register with me at the time of my experience of the television coverage of the event.



Saturday, December 06, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #202 (Wolfram Lowe: East Germany)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The Project’s latest randomly-chosen re-mediation is of an image of Wolfram Löwe, who was represented in both the FKSPanini World Cup ’74 commemorative sticker albums (the former providing the original source object from which the drawing came to be processed) & selected for inclusion in the official East Germany squad for the Finals, where he went on to play in four of the East Germans’ 6 matches, substituted in 3 of them & himself a replacement in the other. 

Friday, December 05, 2014

Proper Football



Hartlepool United v Blyth Spartans tonight, live on BBC TV, a match to savour between two proper football clubs, great names of  the glorious game, &, coincidentally, two of the top-level teams in our alternative footy universe, which enjoys a level playing field & where the good guys do win.
Enjoy, football people, enjoy, & may the best team emerge victorious after a classic Cup encounter in the grand old style.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #201 (Walter Corbo: Uruguay)




graphite &putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The image subject of the latest drawing in the Project features Walter Corbo, who was represented in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ sticker album but ultimately not selected in the official Uruguay squad for the Finals, despite, research reveals, having been a reserve goalkeeper at the World Cup in Mexico in 1970, although Walter’s brother Ruben was chosen in 1974 & went on to play twice during the tournament.

As with a number of other subjects, Walter Corbo is thus one of those particular ‘ghosts’ of the Project, absent from the events of the World Cup itself but hauntologicallly present via the medium of such an item of memorabilia as the FKS preview/commemorative album.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #200 (Mwepu Ilunga: Zaire)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

200 up for the Project in the form of a remediated image of Mwepu Ilunga, who was selected for representation in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ sticker album & also as a member of the Zaire squad for the Finals, where he went on to play in all three of his nation’s matches, becoming notorious during the closing minutes of the third, the 0 – 3 defeat to Brazil, for kicking away the ball as Rivelino prepared to take a free kick at the Zaire goal - not, as was at the time assumed, in an act of blatant ignorance of the basic rules & protocols of the game, but, rather, in protest at the Zaire players not being paid as promised for their efforts: rather than being merely cautioned, as he was by the referee, it had been Ilunga’s intention that he be sent off to emphasize his & his teammates’ point.
For all that the particular name didn’t register with me at the time, the incident certainly did, subsequently to become of those iconic World Cup moments.