Defeated But Not Distraught

Argentina's Montreal supporters a diverse mix reflective of city's inherent multiculturalism

Neither rain nor sleet nor hail could deter these soccer fans...
Taylor C. Noakes

Though the team they had been rooting for ultimately lost by a single point, it didn't really matter in the end. Perhaps that's why it's called the 'beautiful game'.

Turnout for the World Cup final was as high as anticipated at the Bar au Coin de la Métro in Ahuntsic, perhaps even more so. By half time the bar was at capacity and a crowd had gathered outside in the pouring rain to watch the match through open windows.

Bar owner Kosta Anagnostopoulos made the decision to air every single FIFA World Cup match, including the qualifiers, much to the delight of his sizable Latin American clientele.

"Before today, we had the Chileans, the Brazilians, Colombians - even a small group of Montrealers representing Uruguay. As teams were eliminated, the people coming here began to side more and more with Argentina, but at the end of the day, soccer really is for everyone to enjoy" said Anagnostopoulos.

The crowd roared early on in the first half when it seemed as though Argentina had scored in what was later reviewed by officials and deemed off-side. Hands aloft in celebration came back down to settle on the exasperated heads of so many fans looking for a clear and straightforward victory, certain that Argentina had drawn first blood. In the end it would be a hard fought match pitting two exceptional teams against one another, and placing fans firmly on the edge of their seats.

Though the mood was far more sedate at the end of extended time, true to form the diverse crowd of enthusiastic Canadians were exceptionally polite, applauding the Germans on their victory. There were long faces but no tears as wise looks seemed to suggest 'just wait til next time.'

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