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Passionate Argentinians brought to tears in their Messi shirts

Jul 14th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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FEELING BLUE: An Argentinian fan in his Messi shirt mourns the loss.

GROWN MEN were reduced to tears and supportive girlfriends gave words of condolences as Argentinian fans in Wellington mourned their World Cup loss this morning.

Tourist Ignacio Rossi said his fellow Argentinians would be feeling a huge sadness today.

“We really thought it was ours, now we will have to wait another four years. Maybe then,” he said amid the crowd at The Grand in Courtenay Place.

The bar hosted both German and Argentinian supporters, with the latter outnumbering the more civilised German crowd.

The emotionally charged Argentinians used a variety of famous football chants and air-horns.

But even Argentinians such as visitor Mauricio Torress admitted Germany were just the better team on the day.

“We’re upset, but Germany played better. Next time.”

Messi football shirts were the most popular clothing, while others draped the blue and yellow flag over their shoulders.

Romina Bocache, Deputy Head of Mission at the Argentinian Embassy, said Messi lacked his normal spark of genius, but still played well.

She said that Argentinians in New Zealand and back home would be disappointed.

“I liked the game, I congratulate the Germans. I am disappointed, and I’m sure people back home will be too, but we’re proud.”

At the end of the game sweatshirts zipped up for the Wellington cold also served to hide the albiceleste (the white and sky blue in Spanish) colours, as supporters hung their heads and quietly exited the bar.

 

 

 

 

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