Friday, July 04, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #100 (Luis Pereira: Brazil)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Reaching the milestone of a (first) century of drawings in the Project, today’s featured subject is Luis Pereira, who was represented in both the FKS & Panini sticker albums commemorating the upcoming-when-published 1974 World Cup, & selected for the official Brazil squad for the tournament, where he subsequently played in all six of their First & Second Round group matches, as a member of an uncompromising defence that did not concede a goal, to Argentina, until almost midway through the fifth, although he was sent off near the end of the last of these, the 0 – 2 defeat to Holland, in an infamously tough battle, that brought to an end Brazil’s defence of the trophy.

Given the randomly-chosen nature of the subjects (picked unseen from a tin as they are), it seems rather appropriately serendipitous that a member of the 1974 Brazil team should feature on a day that the present selection, certainly not averse to the odd dirty tactic themselves, should have overcome Colombia 2 - 1 to qualify for the 2014 Finals' semis: often (& notwithstanding David Luiz's ultimately decisive stupendous free-kick goal), such ultra-competitive football is so far from the so-called 'beautiful game', compelling as it might be.

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