Wednesday, October 29, 2014
World Cup '74 Portrait #178 (Horst Hottges: West Germany)
graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm
This latest drawing off the production line is a ‘re-mediation’ of Horst Hottges as he was represented in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ sticker album, appearing very un-mid-Seventies from this source photograph in comparison with many of his contemporaries.
Subsequently selected for inclusion in the official West Germany squad for the Finals, Hottges made one, brief substitute appearance during their course, in the ‘political derby’ defeat to East Germany, entering the field of play shortly before Jurgen Sparwasser scored what proved to be the only goal of the game, which, research reveals, marked the conclusion of Hottges’ international career, having previously played at both the 1966 (5 of 6 matches, including the Final against England) & 1970 (the first 4 of 6 matches) World Cups.