Animales: Civilization and Barbarism in Argentine Soccer

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

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The decision by Suarez were not very polemic but strong and forceful He talks about the national team and how to move forward

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Alf Ramsey's description of Argentine players as "animals" resonates according to the article because players in the national league do little to rebut this characterization, instead resorting to violent play and a lack of discipline all too often.…

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This first commentary was published outside of the sports section of the paper. Here, the author describes the role that sports plays in developing positive aspects of the national character. The "bochonorso" episode between a "local" team…

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People on the streets are negative towards Estudiantes, with one commenting that the English perception of a few years back turned out to be true.

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Various accounts from Italian newspapers agree with Alf Ramsey's assessment that the Argentine players are “animals”. Most newspaper coverage in Italy expressed a degree of surprise at how Estudiantes could turn a match into something beyond sports,…
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