Animales: Civilization and Barbarism in Argentine Soccer

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Congratulations to Estudiantes, victors due to the their effort, sporting spirit, and teamwork.

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Team picture of Celtic, with positive faces after a hard-fought match. They would feel differently leaving Argentina to Montevideo.

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By posing this question Juvenal examines the strengths and weaknesses of Estudiantes and the national team

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The behavior of Estudiantes is central to this story and the penalties levied by the AFA and the government

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The coach absolves himself of any of the violence in the match but tries to defend his players while not excusing the worst behavior

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After losing 3-0 to AC Milan in the first leg of the Copa Intercontinental El Grafico admits that playing physical is different than playing ugly Estudiantes crossed that line as it played against a better team in Milan

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El Grafico insinuates that AFA and other soccer officials have turned their back on Estudiantes because their style of play is responsible for the failure of the national team to qualify for the World Cup

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Helpful insight on Bilardo and Estudiantes who prefer to win than play well

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Perhaps useful, this letter raises a good question: what prompted the English to call Argentines "animals" Instead of answering that question, the reader goes on to say that the use of such a term at a moment of defeat only signals the impotency of a…
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