Saturday, May 24, 2014
World Cup'74 Portrait #63 (Roland Grip: Sweden)
graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm
The latest subject to be drawn out of the tin & then with the pencils represents Roland Grip, stickers of whom appeared in both the FKS & Panini World Cup 1974 collectors’ albums, & who was subsequently chosen as a member of the Sweden squad for the finals, going on to make three appearances in the tournament, in the Swedes’ consecutive matches against Holland (as a late substitute) & Uruguay in the first group phase & then Poland at the outset of the second.
Previously, Grip had gained World Cup experience at Mexico 1970, playing in all three of Sweden’s matches there/then.
In other football matters, congratulations to the mighty & our beloved Atlético Madrid for winning the Champions’ League Final within the regulation 90 minutes – what happened thereafter was a farce & a travesty, though sadly all too typical of the historical manner in which the European Cup has been won by the most unpleasant & cynical of clubs, with but a few noble exceptions.