Animales: Civilization and Barbarism in Argentine Soccer

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Argentina's triumph at the 1959 South American championship raised expectations among fans and journalists that the Argentine style, defined by its "viveza criolla," was on the verge of returning to league matches. Instead, the 1959 season brought…

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The salary dispute between Mogilevsky and AFA shows that in the modern game even physical trainers become quasi-celebrity figures in the world of fútbol.

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Wary of new over-confidence, Goles echoes the sentiment of coaches and players that much work lies ahead after Argentina's continental triumph.

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Is Sweden in the rearview mirror? Goles seems to think so after Argentina wins the 1959 South American championship

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Although many critics believed that Argentina's problems would continue at the 1959 South American championship, Goles celebrates the positive results thus far in the tournament.

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Goles is critical of how so many South American teams have adopted European tactics in the wake of the 1958 World Cup.

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By praising the serious and measured approach of the national team ahead of the 1959 South American championship, Goles indirectly suggests that the problem in previous years was that players, fans, and journalists were too overconfident about the…

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The biggest takeaway in 1959 is that Argentina falied in Sweden because players gave little effort and were overconfident. Now, the emphasis is on hard work. Nothing is said about playing styles and tactics, which, at least in 1959, suggests that…

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Brazil's World Cup triumph shattered the prevailing narratives in Argentina before 1958. Then, England was the "master" of the game and Uruguay Argentina's closest South American rival. But with England's poor performances in international football,…

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In the wake of the "disaster" of the 1958 World Cup, journalists place greater scrutiny on the selection of players ahead of the 1959 South American championship.
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