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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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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The author wonders why England remains Argentina's key rival in the group stage of the World Cup. England's long-held reputation as a premier soccer nation, he argues, rests on its "golden isolation"-era, when England possessed the best players and…

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A capacity crowd endured the pouring rain to witness the second match between Argentina and England (total revenue for this game stood at 3.2 million pesos). The referee eventually suspended the match as playing conditions worsened, leading Sir…

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Effusive praise for the Argentine national team and its convincing win over England at River Plate stadium.

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The triumph of Argentina in the 1959 Copa Sudamericana leaves the writers of Mundo Deportivo happy at the result but not satisfied with the state of Argentine soccer.

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No lessons learned from 1958. That is the verdict of the magazine in observing an Argentine side that fails to master the ball and plays a defensive approach.

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Critical piece on the soccer exhibited by Estudiantes and Atlanta

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A summary similar to El Grafico's review of the national team's string of international friendlies [Aug 31, 1956]. The conclusion is that the team lacks direction and is in a state of limbo.
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