Saturday, May 17, 2014
World Cup '74 Portrait #56 (Mario Leandré: Haiti)
graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm
The latest subject to emerge from the drawing project (a double meaning here, referring to both the randomly-choosing from a tin of images as well as the obvious evidence of the subsequent physical activity) proved to be & indeed is ‘Mario’ Leandré, as the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ collectors’ stamp album features him, although official records state his full forename(s) as being Joseph-Marion, who was among those selected for the official Haiti squad for the tournament &, coincidentally along with his brother Fritz, appeared as a substitute in the Haitians’ third & final match, a 1 – 4 defeat to Argentina that, at least in terms of scoreline, was a marginal improvement on the preceding 0 – 7 loss to Poland.
However, today of any is a day to never mind the drawing – the mighty Atlético Madrid have this evening become the champions of La Liga, their typically hard-earned 1 – 1 draw in the effective play-off at Barcelona finally, gloriously, having enabled them to do so. Congratulations & celebrations are well in order: we’re wearing our shirt (the short-sleeved ‘centenary’ one) in honour.