Animales: Civilization and Barbarism in Argentine Soccer

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Notice the language used by the British press to describe Argentine players ("bumped and battered," "henchmen," "rough tactics"). They singled out Navarro. Sam Leach, writing in the Sunday Pictorial, said that "England came out of this tough, testing…

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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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More fallout from the Chile-Italy match, including the serious injuries sustained by Humberto Maschio (and injuries to other stars like Pele and Di Stefano) during Italy's matych against Chile.

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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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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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Article reports on injuries and recuperation after Argentina's physical match against Bulgaria in the first match of the 1962 World Cup. There's a brief note about the players all receiving a haircut (coach's policy?) and a brief interview with…

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Good commentary on soccer and national identity. It contrasts criollo attributes of 'gambeta' with sharp elbows and dirty plays.

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Overtly physical plays between Argentina and Uruguay leaves sports writers baffled at the state of the national team just weeks before the World Cup. Another article in this issue is dismayed by the lack of offense displayed by the national team…

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Critical piece on the soccer exhibited by Estudiantes and Atlanta

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An arduous effort by Boca to win this game contrasts with El Grafico's coverage of 'anti-futbol'
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