Animales: Civilization and Barbarism in Argentine Soccer

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Reports indicate a airly spirited but fair match between Argentina and England in Chile, which differed from the volatile matches that marred group play in the tournament. The paper notes that Argentina did not field its ideal starting XI due to a…

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Argentine papers summarize the match between Argentina and England as one where Argentina's excessive passing allowed England to quickly counter attack and eventually dominate the game. Behind in the score, Argentine pushed its lines further up the…

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Two articles on the violent (and still notorious) match between Chile and Italy that became symbolic of the ills of "modern" and "anti"'fútbol. Another note explains how two Italian players, Ferrini and David, were expelled from the match against…

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Italian soccer federation has removed the "oriundi" label from Maschio, Angelillo, and Sivori. Not only can they play for the Italian national team, but they also count as normal Italian players in their club team (clubs were restricted to 2 foreign…

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The article actually previews all the matches of the group stage, with specific attention to the England vs. Argentina game. It laments the violence on the field, particularly the Italy vs. West Germany game, which has led to a string of injuries…

Of note is that the televising of the match between Argentina and Czechoslovakia is permitted on the condition that ticket sales are a success. This shows the fear that televising a match would hurt ticket sales.

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The match between Argentina and Italy, played in Buenos Aires, was designed as a last minute show of the country's preparedness to host a World Cup. This is helpful to compare the prices for international matches to those for club games, as well as…

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Unlike the England game, this victory reaffirmed the high quality of Argentine fútbol through victory.

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D'Amico tries to explain why different playing styles developed.

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Another helpful article on playing styles as perceived by Argentines. Worth noting that Alf Ramsey played left back
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