Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access


Spanish and Hispanic Studies

First Advisor

Silvina Yi




Argentina, World Cup, Dirty War


The World Cup is the best stage for soccer. The Argentinian national soccer team is home to players who have shaped the sport of soccer such as Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi . Additionally, the team is the most recent winner of the Cup at the end of 2022. Soccer, at this level, is not just a way of training and pride in Argentina, but is also highly relevant to political discourse. The first time Argentina won the Cup in 1978, the country was host to this global event, with all eyes on the country for the first time in sports history. During this time, Argentina was under the control of the last military dictatorship, known as "la junta," a period between 1976 and 1983, which is known as the Dirty War or El Proceso. The censorship of the arts led to the production of films that were commercial and supported the propaganda of the military junta. The films from the time of the Dirty War represent a false image of Argentina, and do not reflect the violence and crisis that was engulfing the country. The junta was much more concerned with portraying a modern, progressive, united, and strong image on the world stage. They used soccer, even the World Cup, to cover the truths of the country and promote the ideas of Argentine nationalism. Everyone's Party (1979) directed by Sergio Renán, Enough of Women (1977) directed by Hugo Moser, and Pelota de trapo (1948) are representative of the junta's efforts to portray a national image of unity and strength.



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