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InArgentinasportandpoliticsareinextricablylinked.Footballisan extensionofpolitics.Itispartofthepoliticalsystemandanythingthat beginsassportrapidlybecomespoliticized(Romero1994:18). Historically,therearegroundstoclaimthatfootballisthesocialmodel aroundwhichthepoliticalsystemhasbeenconstructed.Thischapter outlineshowthesetieswereestablished,theforminwhichtheselinks aremaintainedandthereasonswhytherelationshipbetweenfootball andpoliticsislikelytocontinueintheforeseeablefuture.Thiswill involveanalysingthemotivationfortherelationshiponthepartofthe mainplayersinthestructuresoffootballinArgentina,namelythestate, theArgentineFootballAssociation,theclubsandthefans.Theroleof businessesand,toalesserextent,themediaareinterrelatedtotheabove andwillbeexaminedintheirappropriatecontext.