Animales: Civilization and Barbarism in Argentine Soccer

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The new "Velódromo Presidente Perón" is inaugurated in time for the Pan-American Games

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Images include Perón declaring the Games to begin

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The 1951 Pan-American Games are not as overtly patriotic in El Gráfico as in other magazines; international athletes receive good coverage. However, these games (perhaps forced) featured much more coverage of Perón than usual. The ceremonies were…

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With a team of amateur players, Argentina wins the Panamerican Games in Mexico and receives praise from the Mexican media

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In an almost religious manner, Aloé pays homage to the "miracle" of Perón's spiritual transformation of the nation. The victories of Argentine athletes at the Pan-Am Games were the proper way to show gratitude to this humble couple. A great example…

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A normal issue of Mundo Deportivo contained on average 82 pages. This issue, number 100, is 246 pages long solely focused on the successful hosting of the 1951 Pan-American Games. Of note is the fascist-style stage. It includes an image of Juan Peron…

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Nearly the entire issue is devoted to the Pan-Am Games. Here is the cover, images of the opening ceremonies, and the unveiling of the national velodrome (names "Presidente Perón") for bicycle racing.

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The various articles highlight the dominating performances by Argentine athletes in various events. The weekly section "El domingo futbolero" by El Bachiller, is overly nationalistic in tone. An image of Perón saluting Chilean athletes is also…

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A variety of superlatives color the account of the opening cermonies of the 1951 Pan-American Games. There is some mention of the ticket prices and the fact that Perón was concerned about the ability of the nation's "most humble" citizens being able…

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The preview includes a letter of support from Perón to his nation's athletes
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