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2012 Orange Fever Hits Again - Crazy Football
Published: 04-06-2012

There is no escape. If you live in The Netherlands you will get caught by the “Orange Fever” that currently sweeps our country. It happens every year on 
, but even more so during any national or international sporting event
as the coming ...European Championship  which take place in Poland&Ukraine.

The Dutchies are getting ready for the big event by wearing orange clothing, like: T-shirts, hats, shawls etc... Some people even paint their  hair orange and decorate walls. Even whole houses and streets are adorned with orange beams.

some facts:

In Holland we refer to the national football team as ‘oranje’. Oranje (orange) is the name of the Dutch Royal Family, who originally came from the France region of Orange. This had nothing to do with the colour orange, but even so, Dutch people dress up in orange during all national events.
The craziness that comes over The Netherlands when there is a football event is called: oranjekoorts (orange fever) or oranjegekte (orange craziness).


Netherlands only ever won the European Championship once: in 1988. Everybody knows it, everybody still talks about it.
The team (with Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit) sailed through the Amsterdam canals, while the crowd cheered them on during their homecoming victory ride.

Last time, in 2008, Spain won the Euro 2012. Spain also won the 2010 World Cup by beating the Netherlands in the finals. Germany won the Euro 3 times.

Every time there is football event, there is some kind of rage going on. Every supermarket or brand tries to come up with some orange item and give them out for free, hoping to become the latest craze.
Also, many artists release a special ‘orange song’ to accompany the tournament.
The most famous ‘orange song’ is Hup Holland Hup (‘go Holland go’). Hup Holland Hup has been a popular football song since Netherland won the Euro 1988.

A total of 16 countries enter into the European Championship 2012. They have been divided into 4 groups. The best two of each group go on to the knock-out phase (quarter final).
Netherlands are a considered a serious candidate for the trophy, though they have drawn a tough group (Group B):

Saturday June 9: Netherlands – Denmark (19.00)

All over Amsterdam, in every bar, you can watch the competition. When the Orange team is up, bars fill up quickly, so it’s vital you find the best seat in the house early if you want to watch the game.
If (when…) Holland makes it to the quarter finales, bars are allowed to bring large tv screen outside and serve alcohol. As of this moment, every game turns into a big party, just like Queensday.

Expectations are high because of the list of fancy players it the Dutch national team.
Many play at in the top of the European football league: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munchen), Robin van Persie (Arsenal) Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke) and Wesley Sneijder (Internazionale) are names to remember.