Sunday, May 25, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #64 (Bo Larsson: Sweden)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The random choice of subject today is Bo Larsson, who after being selected for inclusion in the Sweden squads as represented in both the FKS & Panini 1974 World Cup collectors’ sticker albums, & the actual official one for the finals, played in all five of the Swedes’ matches, & indeed captained the team, up to the point he was withdrawn during that fifth game, the memorable 2 – 4 second phase defeat to West Germany that resulted in Sweden’s elimination, thereafter missing their final ‘dead’ game against Yugoslavia.
A true World Cup stalwart, Bo Larsson also played in each of Sweden’s three matches at both the 1970 & 1978 World Cups, although his is but another of the mostly ‘unknown’ names of which I was unaware until embarking on this project.

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