Belgrano League

7 Feb

In a strange twist, Argentina is commemorating the loss of its Cruiser, General Belgrano during the 1982 Falkland War by naming the upcoming football season in its honour.

Following Argentina’s invasion of the British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic on April 2nd, 1982, the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, sent a Task Force to liberate the Islands. The Argentine fleet was split into two groups and ordered to attack the Task Force with the Belgrano-led arm of the pincher movement coming from the south of the archipelago.

Unfortunately for the Cruiser, it had been found by a British submarine, HMS Conqueror, who shadowed it until ordered to attack on May 2nd. The submarine fired 3 torpedoes, 2 of which struck the target, and the vessel sank with the loss of over 300 crew members. The supporting ships of the Argentine Navy fled, and, as a direct result of the attack, Argentina’s Navy played no further part in the 74 day conflict.

Much criticised at the time, history now records that the attack on the Belgrano was a legitimate act of war, and the Captain’s orders to attack the Task Group were subsequently confirmed.

The football season, which begins on Friday, will be known as the  “Crucero General Belgrano.” The Argentine Government owns the right to 1st-Division matches, and shows all the games on free-to-air television.

Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez, has also ordered school classrooms to be named after ‘heroes’ from the short war which Argentina lost.


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