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PHOTOS: Argentina Wins at Busch Stadium, Bosnians Celebrate Anyway - With Flare

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Fans of Bosnia-Herzegovina's national soccer team light flares at Busch Stadium. SEE ALL PHOTOS
Their team may have lost, but St. Louis Bosnians went wild watching a world-class soccer friendly last night in a game largely overshadowed by America's love for Monday Night Football.

Nearly all of the 30,000 fans at the game were loud-and-proud Bosnians, some even setting of flares in Busch Stadium, earning cheers from fellow soccer diehards and anger from Cardinals fans who don't like seeing fire on their baseball field.

"Women can't bring purses to NFL games but Bosnians can bring flares into Busch Stadium. This is USA, not Bosnia!" one irate commenter posted on STLToday.com. "No fires! How many arrests were made? Or were they all given the sympathy pass? It's time to take back St. Louis! Zero tolerance for animalistic behavior!"

See also: Photos: Bosnia and Herzegovina's Home-Away-From-Home Game

St. Louis may be a soccer town, but angry tweets reminded soccer fans that the game is still a fringe interest in America's wide world of sports.

The international friendly played a little under the radar for most sports fans, who were watching the Carolina Panthers steal a 24-20 victory over the New England Patriots during Monday Night Football. Even folks in St. Louis weren't sure why body-painted Bosnians had taken over their town last night.

See more photos of the game and fans after the jump.

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Sas12
Sas12

Flares and Noise bombs are used at footbal games and even in basketball games in Europe and in the Balkans its part of the Ultras culture.Dont see anything scary they improve the atmosphere at the stadiums.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAaoUYOIT4A this is how every game should look like :) There are sectors in all stadiums for ordinary fans and more hardcore fans.Matches shouldnt bee just excuse for eating hot dog !

Jeffrey Stork
Jeffrey Stork

RULE: Don't Scare The Rally Squirrel With A Flare!!! He's Meant To Be There!

Ehren Schmidt
Ehren Schmidt

It goes to show that many baseball fans are old, white, stiff people with no tolerance. I bet many people didn't know that the attendance record at Busch was set during the City vs. Chelsea game in May. That's even more people there than at The World Series game 7 in 2011. If soccer were given a chance in St. Louis, the revenue would rival with baseball, are far exceed football.

Ron Clements
Ron Clements

Rachel, there was no violence or incident. It was interesting to see and made for a great atmosphere. You remind me of a sickening conversation I had with a local reporter who was covering the match. He said how he hated foreigners and can't wait for them to leave. When I mentioned revenue and local Bosnians and asked him why he had this xenophobic hate, he called Bosnians a bunch of thieves and that we speak English here. So, congrats, you're now lumped in with that dirtbag.

CrackoHatueyKane
CrackoHatueyKane

This is not uncommon, even for Americans....This is a soccer thing, not a Bosnian thing.





Aldin Mostarac
Aldin Mostarac

Hey rachal we be playing there again on march 15 jelous much, go in a corner and cry

Debi Wodraska
Debi Wodraska

"We aren't a soccer town." Like a law needs to be passed. St. Louis has a rich soccer history. It's not as popular.

Amel-Elvisa Krupic
Amel-Elvisa Krupic

Look at Rachel talking as if she is someone in charge. Or as if her bullshit matters

STLisBosnianCity
STLisBosnianCity

It is amazing to see how STL is xenophobic city. Also, I'm so proud to see my community sticking together, defending our heritage, our place in this city and society that is still greatly racist. Also, thanks to those Americans aligning with us, understanding what true and real fans do. You were at the game? We all gave the respect to USA national anthem, had our hands on our hearts, sang along last Monday night. 30000 Bosnian fans, and STL has only 10000 Bosnians who became naturalized US citizens in last decade. And yes, the most important thing: we brought $3 million to the city during Lamb's by week. 
Either you like it or not, we're here. You can call is whatever you want, but we made gave you something you would never see. Instead of being proud what we did, many of you-Couch Potato fans would like to make the stand?! NO!! Luckily, we have more Americans respecting us, than you!
See you in March vs USA!! 

Rachel Duncan
Rachel Duncan

The revenue doesn't matter if you end up trashing the stadium or causing riots. Here is why what they did was hugely stupid, and it has nothing to do with race. It has to do with respect. We aren't a soccer town. America isn't a soccer country. When you are given a chance to have something special and you show that you can't follow the rules you won't get that something special again. If I was Bosnian I'd be furious at the fools who did this. Do you want NFL regulations at your games? You showed anyone wanting to start a soccer team here that it will be needed. As someone who understands the importance of baseball in America I am furious with you. Soccer if it will work in America will NOT work if violence is involved. Breaking the rules, riots and things of that nature won't work here. So next time soccer fans of any race are given a chance, you should show respect.

HD1989
HD1989

I just couldn't sit here and read all these negative things Americans had to say about Bosnians.... It is disrespectful and rude In one of the comments Bosnians are called animals, is that really necessary? WE HAVE AS MUCH RIGHT HERE TO DO AS WE PLEASE AS ANY OTHER AMERICAN. WE ARE AMERICANS, JUST BECAUSE WE COME FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN PUT US DOWN JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE FUN ONCE IN A WHILE. MOST OF YOU ARE JUST JEALOUS  YOU WISH YOU COLD ACCOMPLISH WHAT WE HAVE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY. WE LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM AND ALL OF YOU WITH NEGATIVE THINGS TO SAY YOU ARE JUST A BUNCH OF UNEDUCATED  LOW LIFE IDIOTS THAT DON'T HAVE CLUE WHAT'S LIFE ABOUT. WHEN AN AMERICAN 13 YEAR OLD SHOOTS AROUND INNOCENT PEOPLE YOU SAY HE HAS A MENTAL PROBLEM ALL OF YOU LOW LIFE IDIOTS THAT HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY HAVE A MENTAL PROBLEM. WE ARE AMERICANS AND THIS IS OUR COUNTRY THAT IS OUR STADIUM I PAYED THAT TICKET THAT MADE IT MY STADIUM I PAY MY TAXES AND HOLD US PASSPORT THAT MAKES AMERICA MY COUNTRY "I AM BOSNIAN AMERICAN" GET OVER IT. WE ARE HERE TO STAY YO LIKE IT OR NOT, WE MAKE AMERICA WHAT IT IS. 


mujke
mujke

We brought the eyes of all the USA on st louis Monday night and you hating retards are going to complain over a flare I was thinking about firing a flare in champion club section its too bad I didnt have any left

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

Way too many people are giving creedence to an RFT STORY not about Pokey the Forge or any of their other hipster bands they promote. Do you think Bosnians care about hipsters.... No they don't. So let's get back to talking about Mac books and Starbucks wifi issues. I can't have my hipster source coming off with a tinge of real journalistic integrity

Paul Burrows
Paul Burrows

A little fun never hurt anyone. Lighten up.

babyzee0423
babyzee0423

OMG f.....g haters. You should be so lucky that it was hosted here that it brought so much profit and exposure to STL, oh but lets let kids bring fire amrs to schools and kill ppl that much better. Idiots u should concentrate on bigger issues than this, get ur heads out of ur asses. BOSNIA RULEZZZZZ

Carmelo Rosario Gabriele
Carmelo Rosario Gabriele

this comes from the same people that go to stadiums to get drunk before during and after, all the while stuffing they're faces with nachos & hot dogs & using the event as a chance to be seen... leaving early of course. Baseball= almost no atmosphere... college football & basketball yeah sure. Professional American sports, the best atmosphere is undoubtedly the atmosphere generated lately at the Seattle Sounders games....

lilcrystal314
lilcrystal314

Yup we all bet on they was going to do something at St.Louis Busch Stadium, we St.Louisians we're not going to like. Just as disrespectful when they bombard a restaurant every weekend, are rude, inpatient and cheap or don't tip. Smh! Yet STL is the second largest population of Bosnians outside of Bosnia it's self... GEEEZZZ Thanks alot. Not! j/s I'm nice and am a people person but they are a different bread, I don't care for to much. Only certain ones few & far between. I rooted for Argentina to win but also knew they had slim chance due to game statics.....

email.fuer.tims.spie
email.fuer.tims.spie

Welcome to the real world of soccer STL. I dint get why everybody is complaining, and talking stuff ob the bosnians, your family isnt from america, and if you dont like that foreigners come into your country and bring their cultures with them, then close your borders and hope for the best, but I doubt that america will survive that.

Back to soccer: be glad that there was something like that so all the fans of stl teams know how to support their teams, baseballfans are boring, football to - blues are alright. And why do you host a game of the bosnian nationalteam if you know that stuff like that will happen?! I dont get why the f*** everybody is just so pissed about it? Be glad that there wasn't a shooter, oh well but thats not as bad as some SICK ASS FANS!? Sometimes i dobt understand you America...

Jamie Justis-Stevens
Jamie Justis-Stevens

Did anyone get hurt??? No... "your stadium" get the fuck out of here. For the lady that tried to drive through the crowd. .. yeah you are a dumb ass. .. I had a lot of friends and family there at the game... i heard it was alot of fun, sad that I had to miss it... justin n rachel ... all I can say is you are fucking stupid..invaded our neighborhoods... haha... by making property values go up.. yeah thats a bad thing, bringing businesses into our neighborhoods. . I guess thats bad too. And for the rest of you racist fucks... get a life... hatred is a bad thing. I♡♥♡♥ bosnia,

Brandon Tosie
Brandon Tosie

I think they should have monster trucks at Busch...We all kno the baseball team aint worth a shit...

Alex Peck
Alex Peck

Thats what you get when you welcome thousands of them to one of the most,open-minded,liberal cities in the US..

CryMeARiver
CryMeARiver

I wish ppl had enough balls to say stuff to my face.most of my friends are American and I love them but I'm starting to wonder if they are my true friends... Proud to be Bosnian American :) and we will have a soccer game there again :)

CryMeARiver
CryMeARiver

When it comes to stupid yes they need everything on the paper... People should wmbrace whatever helps this city. I went to couple of Caedinals games but was sick of ppl shhh me constantly you can't even talk... Started yawning got up and left... Stupid ass sport

CryMeARiver
CryMeARiver

Go eat something fat ass I'm sure McDonald and soda will make you a lot happier... It's always these fat bitches that got something to say... Fat people should be starved until they lose weight so they can go to the game without stretching the seats... U need your whole paycheck to feed your big ass and then clean your stinky abdominal folds... You ll probably be on disability cuz you re fat...

analokovic
analokovic

There will be no more stupid baseball played at Busch Stadium ....

HD1989
HD1989

@lilcrystal314  HUNN IT'S OBVIOUS YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT SOCCER ARGENTINA IS SECOND IN THE WORLD THEY DID GREAT,, WE ARE DEFINITELY DIFFERENT KIND OF PEOPLE NOT BREAD YOU STUPID BIMBO WE DON'T GO AROUND SHOOTING INNOCENT PEOPLE WE KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN,, NO ONE WAS HURT  MONDAY NIGHT THAT IS WHAT MATTERS AND YOU NEED TO STOP BEING RACIST YOU CAN SAY ANYTHING YOU WANT BUT ONLY OUR FRIENDS AMERICANS THAT WERE THERE KNOW WHAT I MEAN THEY HAD A BLAST ANYONE THAT WAS THERE WAS ROUTING WITH US AND YES IN BOSNIANNN YEEEYYYY,,MALO VAS JE MALOO VAS JE PICKICEEEE

CryMeARiver
CryMeARiver

Crystal hmm sounds lk you work at a Strip club yup we don't appreciate strippers and that's the only thing you suckers are good for undedicated pcs of junk... Go cry someplace else

mujke
mujke

We ll cheer for Bosnia even if last place in the world but your just bunch of shit put together bread so you dont have noone to cheer for and your probably mad because most of us happen to be very successsfull and your mad because your still a server and obviously not any good one since your not getting a good tip

email.fuer.tims.spie
email.fuer.tims.spie

Hahaha lmfao, i dont get americans - did you hear about this thing called "constitution"? America should kick humans like you out the country

laylo314
laylo314

@Jamie Justis-Stevens 

I wonder whether these people know that their parents or grandparents are foreigners too...

12dstorm
12dstorm

@Brandon Tosie You're not a St. Louisan- We've won 11 World Series Championships. Don't say my teams not worth a shit.

CryMeARiver
CryMeARiver

Hey pussy we moved here so we can work and pay taxes that way your sorry fat asses can go on disability :)

HD1989
HD1989

@Alex Peck YOU ARE NOT LIBERAL AND OPEN  MINDED YOU LIVE IN BOX YOU IDIOT,, YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN WE HAD A GREAT TIME THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY :) AMERIIICAAA AMERRIIICAAA WE LOVE AMERICAAA

analokovic
analokovic

ALEX PECK = BUNCH OF SHIT PUT TOGETHER HAHAH

analokovic
analokovic

@Alex Peck screw the liberals ...

mujke
mujke

Wow what a welcome thabks alot since when its illegal to live in USA Im wondeing how you ended up here were u created from thin air you dumb ass I just happen to be pure 100% Bosnian and you cant cheer for any country when your bunch of shit put together

mujke
mujke

First of all Bosnia is not different race dumb ass and when it comes to breaking the rules When I was leading our fans so called riots in ur boring life I was escorted by st louis POLICE so if we were breaking any rules we sure would of get arrested now lets talk about mardi gras n public nudity now thts breaking the law and now as my Bosnian blood literally said go get some food this too much thinking must me exhausting for ya fat bitches aka Rachel Dumcan

lilcrystal314
lilcrystal314

@CryMeARiver I don't work at a strip club, try a 24/7 chain restaurant.. None of my staff likes to wait on em, we flip on who's going to take the tables. I can't help, they act like they are better cause their not.  Inpatient can't even obey a sign in English that says "Please wait to be seated' 
I never had a problem til I started waiting on them & every rip is the same ol same ol, can be nice & all is good and still no tip. How would you like that to be your 3rd shift clientele and wait on big table after big table. No issues, good conversation, manners involved and left nothing. So I waited on 14 bosnians, all went well. Tab was $95 & no tip. Clean up the mess, etc. Well we only make $3.60hr  and I had to claim taxes on money spent that I made nothing off of, so there for it even effected my check, my own pocket in the end. Ya so why should I respect them if they don't respect any of us servers. J/S

lilcrystal314
lilcrystal314

@mujke  I'm a very good server and have credentials. Also have an education and No children. They don't tip in general. Hit our work after being out all night at the clubs, so please don't tell me they don't know how to tip. Cause they don't tip none of us shit, wait on 12+ to get $2. Smh all day. Rude like I said and they only have success because of the USA government, if so successful why come to STL, because Midwest is cheap living. hmm. Ain't fooling Me none. I've date a Bosnian guy & worked at a Bosnian bar but rarely see their own girls work for em. wonder why... 

lilcrystal314
lilcrystal314

@HD1989 Bimbo is that the best you got? we haven't used that word since the 80's just like the Adidas track suits, yall rock. Bahaha!

CryMeARiver
CryMeARiver

I don't know what type of reataurant you work at but hey there are places that I would never go to. Yes it sucks when people don't respect your hard work. When I go to a restaurant people fight over who's going to serve me bc they know how much I tip. I worked at a restaurant when I was a teenager and let me tell you I saw people leave 25 cents to servers (and they were not Bosnian). I would never do such thing to a person. You just have such nasty attitude and so much hate in you. There are assholes in every nation and please stop thinking that all Bosnians are the same just like not all Americans are the same. And if you were educated you would know that we never got shit from the government they brought us here so we can work and pay taxes so people can retire and fatasses go on disability (we even had to repay the air plain tickets that they charged 3 times more than what the actual cost was)

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