• Short Summary

    400 BRAZILIAN SOCCER FANS SAILED INTO LONDON TODAY (FRIDAY), THEIR CONFIDENCE SHATTERED. THEY HAD PAID?

  • Description

    400 BRAZILIAN SOCCER FANS SAILED INTO LONDON TODAY (FRIDAY), THEIR CONFIDENCE SHATTERED. THEY HAD PAID UP TO GBP1200 FOR THE TRIP EXPECTING TO SEE BRAZIL IN THE WORLD CUP FINAL NEXT WEEK. INSTEAD, THEY ARRIVED TO FIND THEIR TEAM LEAVING FOR HOME AFTER FAILING TO REACH THE QUARTER-FINALS TOMORROW LET ALONE THE FINAL. MEANWHILE, NEAR LIVERPOOL, THE NORTH KOREAN TEAM MOVED TO A NEW HEADQUARTERS-AROMAN CATHOLIC MONASTERY.

    THE BRAZILIAN SUPPORTERS WERE NOT THE ONLY ONES BRIMMING WITH CONFIDENCE BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT BEGAN 12 DAYS AGO. THE BOOKMAKERS HAD MADE THEIR TEAM FIRM FAVOURITES TO RETAIN THE CUP. BUT HUNGARY AND PORTUGAL UPSET THE BETTING -- AND THE CONFIDENCE-WITH SHOCK WINS OVER THE HOLDERS. THE DEJECTED SUPPORTERS ARE NOW PUTTING THEIR MONEY ON ENGLAND TO WIN, BUT THE BOOKMAKERS RECKON PORTUGAL.

    ANOTHER UPSET IN THE BETTING WAS NORTH KOREA'S SHOCK ENTRY INTO THE QUARTER-FINALS. THEIR TRANSFER FROM NORTH-EAST ENGLAND TO THE MONASTERY WAS TOUCHED WITH IRONY. THEIR NEW HEADQUARTERS WAS ORIGINALLY BOOKED FOR THE ITALIANS, THE TEAM THEY BEAT FOR A PLACE IN THE LAST EIGHT, AND THEY TRAVELLED IN A BUS ORIGINALLY BOOKED FOR THE BRAZILIANS. THE ITALIANS HAD BEEN SO CONFIDENT OF A PLACE IN THE QUARTER-FINALS THAT THEY HAD PRESENTED THE MONASTERY WITH A GOLD CHALICE AS A GOODWILL GESTURE.

    IT WAS ALSO IRONICAL THAT A TEAM FROM A COMMUNIST COUNTRY SHOULD STAY IN A RELIGIOUS RETREAT. THE REASON WAS LACK OF SPACE IN LOCAL HOTELS. FATHER BLARE SAID HE WAS UNCONCERNED ABOUT HIS GUESTS' RELIGION OR BELIEFS. NOR WAS HE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR ADDICTION TO OLD CHARLIE CHAPLIN AND KEYSTONE COPS FILMS.

    (NORTH KOREA MEET PORTUGAL IN THEIR QUARTER-FINAL AT LIVERPOOL TOMORROW).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6LJJJVLJEM3DSQ6D2PS2WLC2U
    Media URN:
    VLVA6LJJJVLJEM3DSQ6D2PS2WLC2U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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