Monday, March 24, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #8 (Kent Karlsson: Sweden)


graphite & putty eraser/30x21cm

Courtesy of the random portrait subject generator, today we feature Kent Karlsson, whose image appeared in both the FKS & Panini ‘World Cup 1974’ stamp/sticker collectors’ albums, &, subsequently having been selected for the Sweden squad, who played throughout all 6 of his country’s matches in the Swedes’ progress to the Second Round group stage of the finals.

As with the great majority of the tournament’s participants, this then football-following novice (the televised coverage of the ’74 World Cup was essentially my first experience of the sport as a spectator) has no recollection of Kent Karlsson’s name, but, via such repositories of memorabilia as the sticker albums, he now assumes equal importance to any of the portrait subjects, alongside those remembered, & who enjoyed higher profiles at the time & have since.

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