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World Cup party goes on in Australia

07-12-2010 12:14 BJT Special Report:World Cup 2010 |

CANBERRA, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Melbourne-based Spaniards were still dancing on the streets of inner city Fitzroy hours after Spain's historic World Cup soccer victory, Australia's media reported on Monday.

"It had been a long night for many fans, some of whom had been at venues from midnight, long before the game kicked off at 4.30am (AEST) 10,000km away in Johannesburg," Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

The emotion spilled over for Pedro Iglesias and his sister Marivi, who have lived in Australia for several decades.

They said tears flowed when they made emotional phone calls back to their homeland to share the moment with relatives.

"Today is a very special and emotional day, it's unbelievable," Pedro told AAP.

"I spoke to my cousin and we remembered how much my late father loved football."

The family, including Marivi's husband Bill and teenage sons Alex and Nick, watched the match at home but decided to head to the Spanish Club in Melbourne, Fitzroy afterwards to soak up the atmosphere.

The bar was full by 3am with at least 500 people and many turned away, said bartender and Spanish traveler Natalia Sanchez, who added that while she was lucky enough to see Andres Iniesta's goal, the bartender had been too busy to see most of the match.

Also at the bar was 66-year-old Spanish-born Andreas Sanchez with his daughter Rebecca, 23, and grandson Nicholas.

"I have waited my whole life for this but I was nervous, I had to wait until the last minute for the goal," Sanchez told AAP.

There were fans there from all sorts of backgrounds, such as 54-year-old Pablo Perez, whose grandfather Raphael was "one of the first skilled migrants" to come to Australia 90 years ago.

Across the road from the Spanish Club, a younger crowd of Spanish men and women, including many backpackers, celebrated at the Kanela Bar, drinking, salsa dancing, chanting Ole! Ole! Ole! and waving yellow and red Spanish flags hours after the victory.

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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