On the 11th of September 1973, the military junta of Augusto Pinochet seized power in Chile. The bloody coup forced many Chileans to flee their homeland in order to survive. Carlos was one of those refugees, who, over the course of the next year, made his way to Britain where he has made a new life for himself. Although Carlos escaped, he was forced to leave his family behind and many of his friends did not survive. Those supporters of Allende who would not, or could not, escape were rounded up and held in the National Stadium, whereupon many were tortured and killed. These memories have deeply affected how Carlos views his homeland, but he found that changed when he took his son to see Chile play England at football in 1998, eight years after Pinochet had stepped down. With Chile’s victory, Carlos was filled with a national passion and held the Chilean flag for the first time in almost three decades, confronting the memories of a time when a football stadium meant torture or death.