Thursday, July 03, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #99 (Dusan Bajevic: Yugoslavia)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest randomly-chosen ‘star’ of the project is Dušan Bajević, a sticker representing whom appeared in each of the FKSPanini albums published to preview & commemorate the 1974 World Cup, & who was selected in the official Yugoslavia squad for the tournament, where he went on to appear in 3 matches – the First Round group record-equalling thrashing of Zaire, to which he contributed a hat-trick of goals (one of the two achieved at the ’74 Finals); the subsequent 1 – 1 draw with Scotland, being substituted for Stanislav Karasi, who scored the Yugoslavs’ goal; & the Second Round group match loss to Poland.

Dušan Bajević was another of the unknown names to me of World Cup ’74 prior to engaging/indulging in this particular drawing project, but research reveals that the club for whom he played at the time was one of our then-Yugoslavian favourites, Velez Mostar, being thus a team-mate of Vahid Halilhodzic, which information necessitated another delve into the original Yugoslavian football memorabilia Fudbaleri i Timovi’ 1974/75 season album to discover that ‘Duško’ Bajević is indeed featured in portrait sticker form.

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