Thursday, January 22, 2015

World Cup '74 Portrait #230 (Sandro Mazzola: Italy)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The Project continues with this drawing representing Sandro Mazzola, who was featured in both the FKS & Panini World Cup ’74 sticker albums (the former providing our original source image in this instance), & subsequently selected for inclusion in the official Italy squad for the Finals, where he went on to play in each of his country’s 3 First Round group matches, after which they exited proceedings in disappointing fashion.
Another of those players with a fine World Cup pedigree, prior to 1974 the legendary Mazzola (a star also for his only club Internazionale) had played in all of the Italians’ matches at both the 1966 & 1970 Finals, nine in total, scoring in the very first of these, against Chile, in England.

This drawing of a randomly-chosen 16th Italian player brings to a close the second of our completed squads, following Saturday’s finalizing of the Uruguay selection. 

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