WORLD CUP FINAL- Oranje is doing its best

If Nederland doesn’t win tonight, it won’t be because the fans didn’t try hard enough.

The first vuvuzelas started moaning early on Sunday morning. On the Museumplein, the square behind the Rijksmuseum, workmen were setting up TV screens bigger than most Amsterdam houses. The Oranje fans were crowding the cafes and marking out their picnic spots.


The jokes are flying around. The Spanish are splitting their sides about a new Dutch striker, Van Aperter. “Van a perter” is Spanish for “going to lose”. The Dutch have a joke about the Silver Fleet, a Spanish armada they pirated in 1628. ‘Tonight we’ll give them back their silver,’ goes the hilarious Nederlands one-liner.

The Albert Hein supermarkets are running out of ‘beesies’, the free furry worm-like toys being given away with every 15 euros’ worth of shopping. They come in red, white and blue, and also in orange. There was no warning of this impending beesie drought. I feel so lucky to have got my hands on one of the last blue ones, and I can only imagine the disappointment of beesie lovers who missed out. Expect to see these wonderful collectors’ items on ebay from Monday morning.

STOP PRESS: Ah well, the result is known. The team tried hard, lost ugly, won the battle for yellow cards, had their chances, blew them, and went down 0-1 in extra time. This being Holland, the fans will retire to the pub and plan the welcome home party for the team on Tuesday. Should be good.


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5 responses to “WORLD CUP FINAL- Oranje is doing its best

  1. Jenny Thompson

    Oh well – a pretty dour match and I think the best team won. Kate got very excited – enough to ring us at 7am this morning. The whole of Madrid was in an uproar and they were all setting out to get legless!! Go Cadel….

  2. Yes, Jenny, I admit it. Spain played prettier football and looked more likely to win for most of the match. But it could have gone either way. Only four more years and we can all get excited again.

  3. Tim

    A shame. The better team definitely won. As an Arsenal fan with one played in both teams, I was strictly neutral, but I have to say I have been appalled all tournament at how the Dutch, the inventors of “total football”, could play in such a “pragmatic” way, to use the appropriate euphemism. I thought de Jong and to a lesser extent van Bommel were lucky not to see red. And it’s not as if there isn’t talent and flair in this side: Robben, Sneijder, van Persie – all world-class talents.

    I think ultimately I was glad to see Spain win. But I just wish it had been a more edifying spectacle. And the sight of van Bommel chasing the ref after the final whistle to scream at him – I’m pretty sure he wasn’t inviting him to an after-match party – was extremely ugly.

    Definitely a shame.

    As usual, I have a view on the final …

    • Tim, it pains me to say it, but Spain were the better team.

      And indeed, as a disappointed Australian who saw any faint chance the Socceroos ever had snuffed out by red cards for Cahill and Kewell in the first two matches, I thought they were severely dealt with by the refs. De Jong and van Bommel’s transgressions seemed rather worse.

      But the Dutch gave their team a great party in Amsterdam today, so everyone was happy. Not sure if referee Webb was invited. It would have been a nice touch if Mark van B had asked him along, though he may have felt a little nervous travelling into town by boat with the Dutch team. Anyone accidentally falling into an Amsterdam canal runs the risk of dissolving.

      • Tim

        I thought that was why van Bommel was chasing after Webb at the final whistle – to make sure he’d received his invite?

        I think I probably over-reacted a bit to the Dutch performance. It’s just that their style was, well, so un-Dutch. To be fair to them, I liked that they did the guard of honour for the Spain team – I missed that at the time having switched off in disgust to start writing my blog about how disgusted I was. Oops.

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