Wednesday, June 04, 2014
World Cup '74 Portrait #74 (Dimitar Dimitrov: Bulgaria)
graphite & putty eraser/30x21cm
Today’s randomly chosen subject represents Dimitar Dimitrov, who was selected for inclusion in sticker form in both the FKS & Panini ‘World Cup ‘74’ collectors’ albums but who failed to make the official Bulgaria squad for the tournament, thus casting him as one of the particular ‘ghosts’ of the event, absent at the time yet maintaining an historical presence down the years since via the memorabilia trade.
Research reveals that Dimitar Dimitrov played on 18 occasions for the Bulgarian national team, including a couple of matches in the qualifying competition for the 1974 World Cup & a sequence of friendlies preceding the Finals before missing out on them for whatever reason, then briefly resuming his international career in 1976.
Being the 74th drawing in the ’74 project, we are now at exactly the one-quarter point of proceedings, unless the decision is made to exclude the ‘excluded nations’ as featured in the Panini ’München 74’ album & instead rigorously concentrate upon only the qualifying nations/squads, in which case we’re a bit further along the road to completing what would be a total of 256 drawings.