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When England were pummelled into submission by Germany, there can’t have been much consoling the players or the more dedicated fans. If somebody had told them, however, that the team that had just humiliated them would go on to inflict an even bigger and more spectacular dicking all over their bitterest rivals, it might have made things easier. Thanks, Germany. You’ve done us all a favour. The only sad thing is that now we have to bid everyone’s favourite fatso Diego Maradona goodbye, presumably with a big sloppy kiss, a bear hug, and a smack on the arse.

I’m not joking. He even kissed Carlos Tevez.

A picture with so much grease it should carry a health warning.

Neuva cancion was already covered in Chile’s entry, with the music of Victor Jara, but Argentina also embraced the genre and contributed to it heavily – and no wonder, with the sheer volume of political upheaval the country suffered during the 1970s. He’s not quite the star that Victor Jara is, but Atahualpa Yupanqui is Argentina’s most important figure in the movement – he was too early to really be a part of the political activism that surrounded the music, but he was frequently covered by acts at the heart of it (including, on the rare occasion, Chilean ones) and in Argentina, he came to take on a Godfather-style role. He was even given the nickname Don Ata. As the key link between the country’s folk tradition and its first important popular one, his is a vital name to know in understanding the country’s music.

Another major genre Argentina is kind enough to share, this time with Uruguay, is tango, which grew from the brothels of Buenos Aires in much the same way and at much the same time as jazz did in the whorehouses of New Orleans. And as with jazz, where it was a young boy called Miles born about 800 miles away who revolutionizing the genre, it was a man from the other side of Argentina that would become its central figure. The legendary Astor Piazzolla was the man who dragged tango out of the duldrums, gave it a splash of modal jazz, atonalism, and late Romanticism, and turned it into tango nuevo – and met a wave of resistance in his homeland. Tango is not for turning and not for changing to many Argentinian ears – but Piazzolla found himself a devoted following in Europe, became an icon for Argentinian revolution to the political minds of America, and established himself as the most fascinating voice in the genre’s history.

If you’re looking for a figure in Argentinian rock that is as influential as these two, look no further than Luis Alberto Spinetta. Originally a founding member of Almendra in the late ’60s, he was among the first artists to sing in his native language, before tiring with rock and moving to Europe. Once he’d moved back, he formed the more political and hard-edged Pescado Rabioso, where he became one of the key voices of the violence in Buenos Aires during the most turbulent period in Argentine history. This song is by his third band Invisible, however – a prog rock act that retained the social-conscious focus of Pescado Rabioso, and became the most critically acclaimed thing he ever did. He remains active as a solo act today, with the acclaim he continues to receive and the phenomenal influence he continues to have making him the jewel in the crown of modern Argentinian guitar music.





Douglas
07.04.10
gee the germans look unbelievable. Suppose this means Argentina are as good as Australia haha

taylormemer
07.04.10
I wish we were better at real football. That so called other game is just so fucking stupid.

Tits McGee
07.04.10
I'd definately like to see Germany in the finals. Too bad I can't make up my mind between Uruguay and Holland, I like both those squads.

Piglet
07.04.10
Defs up for Germany in the Finals.

Motiv3
07.04.10
i hope Holland batter Uruguay, cheating pricks. I predict Germany-Holland final.

yetanotherprofile
07.04.10
Got a tenner on Germany, come on!

CelestialDust
07.04.10
I FEEL SO BAD FOR MESSI
maradona shouldn't have coached the team, he's done it, he's won the world cup before. It's messi's turn and he deserved a better coach/team to play with.

Zeno
07.04.10
@hollier: accusing Uruguay of being cheating pricks and actually expecting Suarez to just let the ball hit the back of the net and knock his team out of the world cup is fucking retarded

are you fucking retarded?

CelestialDust
07.04.10
if i were watching a volleyball game i might agree with you, he fucking vollyed that shit outta there. wtf? uruguay deserve to get pummelled

Zeno
07.04.10
So what? He got red carded and Ghana got a penalty because of it. and it was basically a reflex action. It's easy to sit here and say you wouldn't do the same thing yourself but you'd be lying. You guys are so HONORABLE. Nigga please




CelestialDust
07.04.10
are you from Uruguay? i haven't yet met somebody who has your point of view

Zeno
07.04.10
I am from Ghana

Knott-
07.04.10
if you don't think the award of a penalty to ghana as the last kick of the game is enough punishment for stopping a ball with your hands that was going to hit his face anyway then you're a mong.

Ghostechoes
07.04.10
"wtf? uruguay deserve to get pummelled"

Unlike, say, Henry's hand in the classification match between France and Ireland, or Maradona's handball goal against England in 1986, Suarez was punished for what he did. It was a sacrifice, he received a red card and Ghana was awarded a penalty kick with which they could have won the match; too bad they missed it. It was a fair match, that is football.

AbrahamLincoln
07.04.10
suarez is a hero

brandnewAAAA
07.04.10
Was expecting to see Soda Stereo in this, probably the biggest rock band in Latin American history. And fuck Maradona knows shit about coaching.

CelestialDust
07.04.10
suarez wanted ghana to play volleyball with him

brandnewAAAA
07.04.10
Btw its vocalist, gustavo Cerati, just fell recently in a coma, very very sad, we're all expecting for him to recover

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jRg-qDVVoo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7-3gWR9wlg

kingsoby1
07.04.10
ya man where is soda stereo!

Baphomet
07.04.10
"A picture with so much grease it should carry a health warning."
Hahahahahaha, love your submissions, Butler.

As for Argentinian music, I hate all of it. Especially cumbia....

thebhoy
07.04.10
Suarez' hand ball was instinct, any player would have done it. To an extent you can call it cheating, but no more cheating than the ridiculous diving of Robben

JayVex
07.04.10
Sure it was cheating, but it was fucking worth it wasn't it?

CelestialDust
07.04.10
would've been nice if an african nation to made it to the semi's but oh well

Iai
07.05.10
"Sure it was cheating, but it was fucking worth it wasn't it?"

basically this is the complete undisputable truth

SurfacinGG
07.06.10
nobody talking about music, jeez

SurfacinGG
07.06.10
Mercedes Sosa, Charly Garcia, Los Redonditos de Ricota, Soda Stereo, Anibal Troilo, Pappo, etc, etc, etc.

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