Argentina naming league in honor of sunken warship

As tension rises over the 30th anniversary of the deadly war

between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, the

Argentine government has named the upcoming soccer season in honor

a naval ship sunk by British torpedoes during the conflict.

The season, which begins Friday, will be the known as the first

division ”Crucero General Belgrano,” or Cruiser General Belgrano

in English.

Argentina lost 649 servicemen in the war, 323 of whom were crew

members on the Belgrano.

The Argentine government owns the rights to Argentine

first-division matches and shows all the games on free-to-air


Advertising time during the matches is often used to promote the

accomplishments of the Argentine government, which says the islands

it calls ”Las Islas Malvinas” belong to Argentina.

The 30th anniversary of the start of the 10-week war is April


The Argentine government was angered by the arrival in the

Falklands last week of Prince William, second in line to the

British throne. The prince, known in the British defense forces as

Flight Lt. Wales, has been deployed to the islands for six weeks as

a search-and-rescue pilot. The British government says it’s a

routine deployment. Argentina has called it provocative.