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What’s Wrong With Argentina?

Argentina were eliminated from the World Cup in the Round of 16 by eventual winners, France. PDP Lead Researcher, James Vaughan examines some of the cultural questions we're left with on the back of a disappointing campaign from a traditional football heavyweight.

While Phil Neville's mansplaining was trending on Twitter and Neymar's spaghetti haircut was splattered all over Facebook, there were some World Cup stories unearthing deeper questions. Deep questions with hidden connections.

Wading through the catchphrase cliché's provided by many pundits, moments of insightful questioning caught the eye and some particularly reflective occasions, questions were posed and answers avoided.

In one particularly reflective article Jorge Valdano* asked:

*Jorge Valdano scored for Argentina in the 3-2 win over West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final and managed Real Madrid 1994-96) 

"What’s wrong with Argentina? We now value ‘balls’ more than talent".

Valdano wrote:

"There is no identifiable moment when it all started, nor one place where it began, and there is no dominant theory. What is true is that bit by bit we got further away from the ball, the one...

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