Dutch fuzzy creature with an orange vuvuzela.
Many people cover themselves and their houses in orange, the national color, and
shops have come up with some of the strangest accessories, enabling everyone to
go completely overboard with their World Cup outfits. Orange accessories vary
from fluffy little creatures, t-shirts, huge inflatable orange hands that give a
thumbs up, the strangest hats and, of course, the unavoidable vuvuzela’s.
The World Cup is everywhere.
When ‘Oranje’ plays, the majority of the Dutch are watching. The daily traffic
jams on the highways occur sooner than they normally do, because people try to
get home early to watch the game.
By the time the game starts, shops and streets are nearly deserted.
Some companies let their employees watch the games together, while bars across
the country are overcrowded with orange masses cheering and chanting for the
Generally speaking, most Dutch people aren’t very patriotic and the chauvinism
of other countries is ridiculed, but during the World Cup people here seem to be
bubbling with pride.
It’s as if the Dutch have bottled up all their national allegiance and love to
unleash it in great magnitude when there’s football.
And so far, the Dutch team has delivered.
In its first matches the team was criticized for dull play, but like the team’s
coach has said, at the World Cup it matters if you win, not how beautiful the
play is. And winning the Dutch did.
Having won all games all games so far, it was time for the Dutch to meet
favorite Brazil in Port Elizabeth last Friday. The Dutch had lost to Brazil in
the 1994 quarterfinals and 1998 semifinals so people were nervous about this
game, as both teams were expected to perform well.
Ending the first half with a 1-0 setback, things looked rather grim for the
Dutch, but the second half things turned around and the nerve-racking game ended
in a 2-1 win for the Netherlands, causing the Dutch fans to swell with pride
for their team.
The win has brought the Dutch team and their fans one step closer to their
ultimate dream: reaching the finals and winning the World Cup.
The entire country is in a festive mood, and in anticipation of Tuesday’s
semifinal against Uruguay the party continues.