Tuesday, January 13, 2015
World Cup '74 Portrait #225 (Jairzinho: Brazil)
graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm
The Project continues with this re-mediation of an image of the iconic Jairzinho, who, already a bona fide World Cup star (having scored in every match for the eventual winners, & thus reigning champions, Brazil at the preceding 1970 tournament), was featured in both the FKS & Panini ’74 sticker albums, & selected for inclusion in the Brazilians’ squad for the Finals, where he went on to be an ever-present, appearing throughout all 7 of Brazil’s matches, although this time scoring only twice, against Zaire & the winner over Argentina.
Such a profile ensured that Jairzinho’s became one of the few names that registered during & stuck in the memory following my exposure to the televised coverage of the event, experienced as a football novice, &, indeed, became a fixture in our school playground kickabouts.