Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"Shove Him Up Your Nose": The History of the English and Argentine Football Rivalry
by Perkins, Tyler M., M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2014, 83; 1585867
Abstract (Summary)

The thesis presented here focuses on the England and Argentina football rivalry of the 1980s after the conclusion of the Falklands War. England and Argentina had both a football rivalry, as being two of the more successful football national teams, as well as a political rivalry due to the controversy surrounding the Falkland Islands in the South Pacific. The work, in general, identifies why the rivalry exists and why it persists. While the concept of "war and football" is a common theme, the rivalry that exists on the football pitch endures through media driven jingoistic xenophobia, with a strong reliance on the famous "Hand of God" goal scored during the 1986 World Cup between the two countries by Argentine captain Diego Maradona, and the victory of the British during the 1982 Falklands War.

The argument stems from the British perspective, and thus the research relies heavily on British material including The Times (London), The Manchester Guardian, and various other sources including the Parliamentary Debates, various articles from other media sources during the 1980s, fan-made chants, and other football related works.

The conclusions made in this thesis determines that the Falklands War does not continue to be played out on the football pitch, but rather that it lives on through jingoistic media, the "Hand of God" goal, and in the memories of the players and fans themselves.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hermann, Robin
Commitee: Cauvin, Thomas, Troutman, John
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: European history, Latin American history, World History, International Relations, Recreation
Keywords: Argentina, England, Falkland islands, Maradona
Publication Number: 1585867
ISBN: 978-1-321-65585-8
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