The Five Billion Person Party

Notes of a wandering American soccer fan

Washed Away on a Sea of Oranje

Posted by steigs on June 13, 2008

As I’ve expressed before, I’m a fan of the Dutch.  So their brilliant demolition of Italy was a treat to watch, perhaps even some long delayed vengenance for the painful semi-final defeat at Euro 2000.

But this BBC blog post brought back some fond memories of my trip to Euro 2004

Orange Elvises, orange mountain maids, orange bears, orange road workers, nuclear plant workers in orange radiation suits – orange variations of any kind of clothing you care to mention rolled into town and sparked a huge, huge party.

I know at some level that this what the Dutch so often do — raise our hopes with great play before losing in heartbreaking fashion, probably on penalty kicks.  But it’s always fun at first and while I’m stuck in the US for Euro 2008 it’s good to know that the Dutch fan tradition continues. 


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