Argentina erupted into a national fiesta following the country's win over Holland in Sunday's (25 June) World Cup Soccer final.
Argentina erupted into a national fiesta following the country's win over Holland in Sunday's (25 June) World Cup Soccer final. Millions of Argentines took to the streets, singing and dancing. But in the Netherlands, windows at the Argentine Consulate were smashed and Dutch newspapers commented sourly on the advantage Argentina had enjoyed as home side.
SYNOPSIS: The celebration of a soccer dream come true was the most enthusiastic demonstration of Argentine nationalism since the heyday of the late President Peron. In Buenos Aires, thousands of pedestrians and cars flooded into the streets immediately after the victory. The festivities were all good-natured and there were no reports of trouble.
Through Monday (26 June) was declared a national holiday, it is expected the partying it is expected the partying will go on for some days. For the Argentines, it was a spontaneous outbreak, following years of inflation, guerrilla war and military government.
The World Cup has passed off wit few problems. Argentina despite criticism from abroad of the country's political system, had received a favourable return on its multi-million pounds investment in football facilities.
But in Holland, there was anger at the result. The Argentine Consulate in Amsterdam was attacked as was the Italian Embassy in the Hague. The Dutch are especially upset at the refereeing of Italian ??? Gonella and newspapers have said the only way Holland could be sure of winning the cup would be to hold the competition in the Netherlands. The Dutch were planning a royal welcome by Queen Juliana for their team's return. However, for some, the time had come to go into mourning.