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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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The Euro 2008 Beer Finals

Posted by steigs on June 6, 2008

The Guardian comes through for us, on this “Euro 2008 eve.”  Let’s play Euro 2008 through a tasting competition with a national beer for each representative!  For example, the Dutch choice:

Holland
Grolsch Weizen, 5.3%
This widely revered wheat beer, from the same stable as the iconic swing-top, is bursting with lovely flavours. But, as always with the Dutch, much depends on whether they get along in the glass.

The early favorites are obvious — Germany, Czech Republic, etc.  For example, Pilsner Urquell’s early triumph:

Czech Republic: Breezed through the group stages with its sturdy malt base, brusque hop bitterness and a mouth-feel as velvety as the revolution.

Alas, Belgium didn’t qualify for Euro 2008 else, as one commenter notes, they’d be overwhelming favorites.  (Perhaps Belgium is the Brazil of beer!) 

The winner is slightly surprising.  I won’t spoil it for you — click the link to find out.  In the meantime, I sense a theme for the next few weeks of soccer watching…

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The Orange vs. the Minnow

Posted by steigs on December 2, 2007

I was lucky enough to spend several days in Portugal during Euro 2004.  Since I’m complaining about the lack of a minnow at next year’s tourney, this might be a good time to share my story of seeing Latvia, a true minnow, play in ’04.  They were up against the mighty Dutch, and the orange army that accompanies the Dutch team.  After the jump, hear more about plastic hammers, human foosball games, and how I nearly got arrested with a psuedo-Dutch pageant queen…

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