Monday, May 26, 2014
World Cup '74 Portrait #65 (Branko Buljevic: Australia)
graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm
Today’s randomly-chosen subject is one Branko Buljevic, a sticker representing whom appeared in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ album, which comparatively recently proved my introduction to the name, & who was selected as a member of the Australia squad for the ’74 World Cup, where he subsequently appeared in all three of the so-called Socceroos’ first phase group matches, at which point they exited the tournament.
In common with a number of his squadmates, & as his name might suggest, Buljevic’s origins lay outside Australia, having been born in Split, Croatia (then itself part of the federal republic of Yugoslavia).