Animales: Civilization and Barbarism in Argentine Soccer

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Several players from clubs participating in the Copa Libertadores are called to the national team ahead of the World Cup. Their request is that AFA honor the financial rewards they would receive in the Copa Libertadores if they are to play in the…

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The cover image raises a question: how much of the supposed player-coach friction was created by El Grafico? Did the magazine's previous commentary influence players attitudes before World Cup preparations? Did El Grafico fuel the flames much higher…

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After defeating Spain and Switzerland, and tying West Germany, Argentina looks ahead to the knock-out stages of the World Cup. The coverage is mostly positive, with a poor win over Switzerland the exception. Nonetheless, the recurring themes are that…
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