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“We have difficulty assuming Argentines that reality is not changed”

From sport to national identity, from bars to the decline of football, a report with Gonzalo Bonadeo: “We have a dangerous tendency to put claims in the wrong places,” he advances.

“We are a great paradox for Argentines”, closed the interview Gonzalo Bonadeo, the journalist who explained that the world did not die in a round ball number five, and adds one of the historical pillars of  TyC Sports , “  We have reason to believe that we will enjoy a better destination And, at the same time, we should grab our heads, with the macanas we're sending each other.  I was able to travel and travel with the profession confess that foreigners don't understand us. How can it be that with so many individual talents, so much creativity, to enlighten huge writers, huge painters, huge sportsmen, huge scientists, and we are not able to work for a common good.  We don't take course on what we should be ,” says Bonadeo, an authority in graphic and audiovisual media, currently also on Club Radio 94.7, in sports analysis. And a little, quite, more.

Journalist: It was repeated these days that Maradona synthesized Argentines, what do you think?

Gonzalo Bonadeo: A fallacy like to say that Borges, or Cortázar, are the national essence. Besides, why are we going to arrogate their talents? In the same way, I think many flaws of them are similar to many of us but we are unaware. And that's why no one pays attention to those conflicts.   Diego sublimated aspects of our  maybe not very different from those of any neighbor's son . Let's run to Maradona. I lived the progress and the highlight of Gaby —Gabriela-Sabatini, who for the common would be the opposite of Maradona, at the extroversion and mediatization level, a woman without extravagances or slips. For starters, Gaby loved Diego and vice versa. And then I asked when Gaby's shyness was criticized if it's easy to go from a girl who gave the pediment in River alone, from traveling by train from Villa Urquiza, born into a middle class family, to becoming the queen of Paris and New York. How would you react? We think about Diego's case, what it is like to leave his native home, an uninhabitable Villa Fiorito, to be Maradona for 45 years, every day of his life.  That makes me very careful to say about the bad ones of the 10 because of the good ones... I don't know anyone in his field who did what he did.  

Q: There were all kinds of reactions to the sudden death of the star, a kind of how a  popular idol should be honored or not. 

GB:  We have a dangerous tendency  to put claims in the wrong places.  We put them into artists and sportsmen instead of our representatives, who have that job to ensure people's well-being.  Gustavo Cordera, the former leader of Bersuit Vergarabat, sent himself a horrible macana, was repudiable that image he raised in a talk with journalism students, and he spent four years doing courses,  probation , and job doors that closed him. Cordera made it and paid. Like Diego said the same thing. Now, we have a senator charged with rape of his niece and he's not even prosecuted.  And I ask Maradona or Cordera what? And those who vote what are they doing?  Let's see what the  tweet  of all ten years ago look like, and that doesn't justify barbarities that were thought, or still thinking. I don't argue with that. It is very easy to place the emphasis on people we don't choose. But we don't do the same with those who represent us and they are not accountable to anyone.

 Just more than football 

Q: Let's go to your career, Gonzalo, is he considered a pioneer of a more comprehensive, more macro sports journalism, and that is not just that of the ball in the head?

GB: I don't think. What I do feel is that I was the first to form a team for the coverage of the Olympic Games. I am pleased that we Argentines can see how we Olympic, Pan American or Odesur deserve. My first coverage of the Olympics left me with the desire of those who will stay at home enjoy the experience in the best possible way. Sadly in Argentina never saw Olympic Games steadily, that was since 1996, and my first experience, Seoul 88, I had to cover it via Brazil. Something had to change.

On the other hand, I hope there was a revisionism of what was national sports journalism. If you read a -magazine El- Graphic from the time of Dante Panzeri, where my old man -Diego- collaborated, you had the week with coverage on three, or four, football pages, and then the rest of the 80 pages were fixed sections of motorsport, boxing, rowing, bocce, ball paddle, rugby, athletics, swimming all sport!  And it is that ultimately represented the Argentine interest in all disciplines. Moreover, if that is how some people think, that clubs exist only for football, there would not be such clubs.  In a unique phenomenon in the world, Argentine clubs were originated, and cradle, from many sports expressions. Only now he forgets in the reign of the round ball.

Q: And what happened that only sports media talk about football 24 hours a day?

GB: The cake is really smaller.  There's only talk about Boca and River . Journalists and producers boast of knowing what people want. It's like politicians. And people really want a lot of things, including things they don't know they want. How many times it happened to us who have children, and I have five, that one day refuse to taste a food, or read an author they do not know, and a month we see him asking for vegetables, or with that author's book in hand.

In the short we are happy with a thousandth rating, or ten best-selling newspapers, but that doesn't make us the  New York Times . It makes us look small and limited.  One of the convictions I have in journalism is in construction. That means in the coverages not being chauvinists and following compatriots but explaining who are the best in the world.  If I focus only on our own, it turns out that we become a power in athletics transmissions but we don't have much to count on medals. At most we got to six. My goal is for people to understand to motivate more future athletes.

On the other hand, talking about Boca and River is what you do. And the conflict. Behind that message they have no idea that sport exists. They don't even cover all football and stay in the kid. This is clear in the football world championships. There they schedule 24 hours of four gentlemen at a table, who could be here, in Rio de Janeiro or Moscow. In the last World Cup, I was asked to tell the competition for people who are not interested in football and certainly discovered a fascinating culture in Russia. If you tell me that in a month you don't have a time to show the host country, and hook the audience with something more than the ball on your head, you're lying to me.

 Leave the gas key open 

Q: You were one of the voices that most faced violence in football, and the barabravas, in their 40 years of profession. With the fresh images of Maradona's funeral, have we improved or worse?

GB: Worsened. One of the facts is that until the pandemic we have been without going freely to the courts for almost a decade.When I ask the leaders if the reason is infrastructure or it is the bars, and the lack of security, the answer is fear of the violent. The easy thing is that it's better to stay like this.  And in this laziness or laziness, the best answer is the destruction of the show.  Today most clubs, which call for tax exemptions, State aid to pay salaries, or raise fees in the pandemic, do not contemplate the sale of tickets. So, I'm asking the state not to raise the gas fee but I leave the gas in the house on. And I throw the keys. What they should do is optimize resources, as I would at home, and football does not hang from the state.  

Bars are the power within power. That in Diego's intimate wake there were barabravas qualifies his influence. They couldn't even access the usual friends!

Q: How did Argentine football get to this unfortunate situation?

GB: We are all guilty, the leaders, the footballers, the  journalists . We came from the funeral scandal, from the scandal with the Pumas, that two teams played backwards because they were classified, Hurricane and Gimnasia, and nobody said anything.  And you explain to a kid that it's okay to play not to play.  If there was any doubt about the decline of Argentine football, he was the great monigote from 38 to 38 in the 2015 AFA election, between —Luis- Segura and —Marcelo- Tinelli. The fact is that it remains the mass activity that moves the most money in the midst of broken institutions. Football for All was supposed to be sanitiated with everyone's silver and it was no good at all.

Q: Why is journalism still heard despite discrediting the profession?

GB: A turning point was 2001. In the middle of which everyone “leaves”, I noticed that people put their hopes on journalism. And the truth, unless you leave the profession, the journalist is not for that.  We're not meant to be the nation's moral reserve . We are here to investigate and report, often against friends, or contradicting one's own ideology or convictions. In this there is no independent journalism. I wouldn't be talking to you if I wasn't aboard  TyC Sports Ferrari. Even the neighborhood magazine needs the baker's announcement. From this we should have an honest professional ethic but it is difficult in the absence of professional rules, or a collegiate body. In journalism, the only ones who judge you are the ones who hire, or read and listen to you. One can say the worst nonsense, and unless it's injurious, it passes by. Idem politicians. In my view, our limit is the truth and the limits imposed on us by the fact we report.

Q: Can it be changed?

GB: I can't say that Maradona is alive as much as she wants. However, we are looking for culprits without admitting that Diego could be going through a deep depression, or that having stopped playing football was something he could never overcome. Or, simply, that the Ten lifestyle wasn't too healthy. Since we don't like the news, we want to invent it.

 We have difficulty assuming Argentines that reality does not change . It happened to me with my dad, and I tried to get him to move and care, but there was one day the heart said enough. And it was enough.

Rating: 5.00/5.