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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The influence of Alf Ramsey's words surface in the editorial commentary of El Grafico

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The match became heated and violent Zubeldia is irate at the press in Buenos Aires ("El Dia") for publishing articles-unsigned by the author-that supported the English insistence that the disallowed goal in the first match should have been allowed…

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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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The author believes that Estudiantes-known for overly physical play and whining to officials-does deserve "preferential treatment": as the exception to a sport played by teams that respect the rules. A very helpful article in listing matches and…

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After a brief account of the game, El Grafico takes time to criticize the foreign (English) press for exaggerating the physicality of the match…even as far as comparing English journalists to Goebbels!

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"Savages", "fair play", "civility"…all come to question with the treatment El Grafico's writers claim to have received in Manchester Estudiantes are also held up as models of civility Propaganda

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Multiple references to Alf Ramsey's "animal" reference in this article, that minimizes the style of play of Estudiantes as tough but fair (within the rules) and instead accuses the English of savagery "Animals" is as much a construction of the press,…

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A more analytical account of the Intercontinental Cup
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