Tuesday, May 20, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #59 (Uli Hoeness: West Germany)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The randomly-chosen subject of this latest drawing is the recently-in-the-news (having been convicted of tax evasion on a grand scale, & jailed as a consequence) Uli Hoeness, who, back in the day our project represents, was selected for inclusion in both the FKSPanini World Cup 1974 sticker albums &, subsequently, the West Germany squad for the tournament itself, at which he appeared in all 7 of his ultimately victorious country’s matches (once as a substitute), scoring once (the 89th-minute penalty kick that effectively secured the 4 – 2 win over Sweden, a detail of which I was unaware until researching facts, but more generally a game amongst the relatively few that I recall actually seeing live on television, as an exciting end-to-end spectacle).

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