athletes are objectified during the process of the NFL draft, one is able to see how the event could be studied in a rhetorical way. Another way in which sport can be rhetorical is through looking at Eduardo Archetti’s article titled “The Spectacle of a Heroic Life” regarding the career and of Diego Maradona. In his article, Archetti describes the rise, peak, and fall of arguably one of Argentina’s once most beloved soccer stars. However, within the article, it is clear that Maradona’s accomplishments and failures transcend far past the sport itself. Rather, Maradona helped to define an Argentinean identity through his incredible play at the international level. In the article, Archetti begins with discussing the British control of Argentina. He states, that soccer was first brought to the country through British clubs in which leagues began to be created. However, Archetti points out that a defining moment in Argentinean history is when an Argentinean team won the league championship. In this dramatic event, Argentineans saw the success of their own style of play, which is a sharp contrast to the British style. Archetti states, “Two styles were thus contrasted, the British and the criollo, ‘Britishness’ was identified with being phlegmatic, disciplined, methodical… The criollo , due to Latin influence, was exactly the opposite: restless, individualistic, undisciplined, based on personal effort, agile and skillful.” (Archetti 154). Understanding the differences in play is crucial in grasping the influence Maradona made 3
in the 1986 World Cup. In this memorable match, the British and their style of play squared off against the Argentinean’s. However, more than just a game, this was a chance for Argentina to prove that their style was more dominant than that of the nation who ruled over their soccer country hundreds of years ago. It took one incredible goal in which Maradona exemplified all characteristics of the criollo style of play. Through
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- NFL Draft, Diego Maradona, Eduardo Archetti, Thomas Oates, Archetti