Animales: Civilization and Barbarism in Argentine Soccer

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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…

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This article follows one on the previous page that translates the Dutch reaction in the press to the Olympic final. The Dutch describe the Argentines as better than the Uruguayans, but their opponents defense was exceptional and the goalie even lucky…

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Citing the fact that 8 of the starting 11 players on the national team belonged to River Plate, the magazine accuses sports writers at newspapers like La Nacion of omitting the contribution of River players in their summary of the national team's…

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A brief interview with Zubeldia after his first match in charge of Los Albicelestes

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In the game against Russia, although marred by some physical play, Zubeldia's national team shows an ability to finish games strong--lacking under Minella

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Independiente is the first Argentine team to represent the Americas against the European champion The victory is characterized as a product of strength, aggression, tight marking, and a "espiritu aguerrido"

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Having been undefeated for a year, Independiente begins to receive some criticism for "patadas" Is Independiente employing hard, physical play? At least their coach keeps using the phrase "la mataron" in interviews and refers to a winning-first…

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Independiente's style of play comes under scrutiny for its excessive use of physical play, violence, and the players' own assessment that they were more "macho" ("el fútbol es para varones, no para señoritas") El Grafico weighs in, acknowledging the…

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Typical of a piece by El Grafico when a new national team coach is hired, they maintain reservations about quick conclusions But, they are not happy with Lorenzo's stated goal of playing tough and then seeing a team that muscled its way to a tie,…

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Raul Colombo (head of AFA) witnessed the championship match and saw first hand the lack of quality soccer and the excess of elbows, shoving, and other physical play
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