Tuesday, September 30, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #161 (Leivinha: Brazil)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Capitalizing on the opportunity for a pleasant early morning’s drawing activity today, with the result being the continuation of the Project & a study of an image of Leivinha, who was another to be represented in both the FKS & Panini sticker albums previewing & commemorating the 1974 World Cup, by which medium & ‘hauntological’ relics he has latterly emerged into consciousness, otherwise being, at the time, one of the great majority of players whose name & presence failed to register during one’s experience of the televised coverage of the tournament.
Subsequently selected as a member of the official Brazil squad, Leivinha went to play in all 3 of the Brazilians’ First Round group matches, being substituted after 65 minutes of the second, against Scotland, & again, after only 10 minutes (one can only surmise because of injury), in that phase’s concluding fixture, the eventual 3 – 0 victory over Zaire that saw Brazil scrape through by a single goal’s better difference over the unbeaten Scots: at the time of striker Leivinha’s departure from active service, Brazil collectively had failed to score at the ’74 World Cup (& would end in fourth place with only 6 goals in a total of 7 matches).

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