Go Orange

blog_oranje_patrick_de_laiveJoin the Amsterdammers and walk the streets and squares in orange. It’s the World Cup. It’s what we do. Don’t like crowds? No worries–the festivities are exactly that: festive!

Monday will be the third game for ‘the Dutch Lion’, the national football team (aka soccer). All around town (and the country) people gather at cafes and squares to watch the game on big screens, huge screens and gigantic screens. (If you have no clue what this is all about, scroll for the video: in about a minute you have all the World Cup-specs!)

One big square…
During the previous two games, about 20.000 fans came to the Museumplein–during the events renamed Oranjeplein (Orange Square). Here, Radio 538 organises a huge party–including that gigantic screen. (Word is, there are several screens.)

blog_oranje_greg_teeToday, Monday 23rd, the square opens at 16:00 hrs / 4 p.m for the game Netherlands-Chile. There’s no entrance fee, but… you can’t bring your own drinks & food. Also good to know: there’s only one entrance. Bring your ID if you want alcoholic drinks. Don’t worry if you didn’t pack anything orange: others come straight from work–in suits.

…and plenty of cafes
Local paper het Parool made a map with Voetbalcafés (football cafes), in other words: they recommend these cafes to go and watch the game against ‘La Roja’ (or check the map for mobile):

And here’s the video! (Could take a moment to load.) In about a minute you’ll know the World Cup 2014 basics. “It’s the World Cup. Anything can happen.” blog_world_cup_vid






Enjoy the game!


WHY It’s a happy gathering of people watching the game. The streets will be empty but you’ll hear the groans and cheers coming from the houses and cafes.
WHEN Monday June 23, 2014 (and at least one more game after this one!) at 18:00 hrs / 6 p.m.
WHERE The real thing: in Brasil. On screen: Museumplein Oranjeplein, and in cafes all over town.
WHAT World Cup 2014. The Dutch football (soccer) team is playing its last group game. Both Chile and the Dutch are on to the next round. It’s now a matter of ending 1st or 2nd in the group–and pride :-)

Pictures CC group: Patrick de Laive; CC man with lion: Greg Tee

1 Comment So Far

iSheila says:

Please note: tonight, July 5th, there won’t be an ‘Orange Square’ on Museumplein.

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