Over Thanksgiving break I did some of my own research, in an attempt to find some historical connections between government, soccer, and politics in South America. Using information from the corruption I learned about Argentina, I searched online for similar topics, but rather than in the late 20th century, the early 20th century. I had no luck with obvious stories because there simply wasn’t as much media coverage on soccer during that time. This led me to look deeper into media and newspapers from that time period. I found some prominent newspapers in both Uruguay and Argentina that were interesting, yet only one had a connection to both soccer and politics in– Él Día, from Uruguay. César Battle Pacheco was part of the politically powerful Battle family, serving as Senator while his father, grandfather, and two cousins all served as president of Uruguay, from the late 19th century through the mid 20th century. The family had a huge influence in the controlling political party in Uruguay, the Colorado Party. While reading about different newspapers and political families, I found that César also served as president of the Uruguayan soccer association as well as president of Club Atlético Peñarol,one of the two most powerful and historically dominant clubs in Uruguay.
José Battle y Orodoñez
After investigating more thoroughly on César Battle, his family’s historical significance in Uruguay, the history of Uruguayan soccer during that time period, and the Colorado Party, I started to write my research paper on the subject. I immediately found it difficult to stay away from making the majority of my paper a summary of all the information I found. Being unable to draw any definitive conclusions on César Battle and the potential for him having had a part in government corruption affecting soccer, I used this challenge as an opportunity to show the affiliations between soccer and the government. We saw these affiliations very obviously in Spain during this time period, yet it is mostly unspoken in Uruguay. This investigating allowed me to shed light on some of the connections that aren’t quite as obvious. Being posed with a straight up question about a subject and having an easier time crafting a thesis from this question, while using evidence in readings and research to articulate your thesis, is totally different from conducting your own research first, then drawing a thesis or idea out of that research. I am still working to get to my thesis for this subject, and then go back and re write parts of the essay to articulate this thesis.
As the semester is coming to a close, Dan and I are ending new research and focusing on finishing this paper, preparing another presentation for his Spanish 2 classes, and my final paper.