Tuesday, October 14, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #168 (Rivelino: Brazil)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Featuring as our randomly-generated subject in the drawing project today is the mighty Roberto Rivelino, who, as an already-established bona fide World Cup star (having played in 5 matches & scored 3 goals in Mexico in 1970, for the eventual winners) was represented in both the FKSPanini World Cup ’74 sticker albums & selected for inclusion in the official Brazil squad for the Finals, going on to appear in each of the Brazilians’ 7 games & scoring another 3 goals as they finished 4th this time.

Rivelino, with his exotic name (soon to heard echoing across our school playground), magnificent moustache & bending free kicks (one such trademark effort resulting in the winning goal against East Germany, for example), was one of those instantly iconic figures & thus one of the few players who made a memorable impression during my experience, as a football novice, of the television coverage of the ’74 World Cup, going on to appear again as very much a known quantity during the 1978 edition.

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