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Wow, 70 minutes in and still no score. I believe that what happens is that if it’s still scoreless (or tied) at 90 minutes (plus a couple more they add to compensate for any delays) they play two more 15-minute periods, and if it’s still tied they go to sudden death.

It doesn’t take much football expertise to see that the Spanish players are astonishingly agile – they keep doing this sort of pirouette around and over the ball.

Uh-oh, I think a Dutch player just got pulled out. They don’t seem to be short a player so I think it was just a substitution.

I don’t really understand offsides. It’s been explained to me, I just keep forgetting. So don’t bother – I should just go look it up, except I don’t know the Dutch word for it anyway so I wouldn’t know when it happened.

Things have definitely heated up after the slow start – I’ll actually be surprised if they do get to 90 minutes without a score.

By the way, there is commentary on the game from people who actually understand it here. I’m finding it helpful, since it’s actually in English and the broadcast I’m watching is Dutch.

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Jul. 11th, 2010 09:46 pm
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So close!

And, two minutes later: Damn. I really thought that one was going in. (So did the player.)

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Jul. 11th, 2010 09:44 pm
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Yikes, *another* yellow card. (If a player gets two, he’s pulled from the game and his team is down one person.)

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Evidence suggests that World Cup finals commercials are the Europe equivalent of Super Bowl commercials – there was just an amazing Coke commericals featuring CGI-animated insects stealing a sleeping picnicker’s Coke. Also, one quick one with a deodorant can playing football that’s very reminiscent of the Bud Bowl. Albert Heijn’s singing Muppets (giant Beesies, see previous photo) could use an advertising consultant, however.

Also, you’d think the Dutch announcers of hte game could afford better haircuts!

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40 minutes in and things are still kind of quiet – not only in my opinion, and not only is the score still 0-0, but the crowd has only made noise a few times and those were mostly for injuries, not scores or near-scores.

Meanwhile I went into the kitchen and carbonated some water (we got one of these things because Ted goes through a lot of sparkling water when he’s here) before realizing that was entirely the wrong beverage. Why should I be the only person in the city not drinking beer? Seriously – I was at the supermarket Friday night and they were loading up extra quantities of beer, knowing they’d be selling a lot more than usual this weekend! Lucky for me, I have much better beer on hand than the piss they’re selling at the beer tents – McChouffe Bruin. It’s Belbian, from the Brasserie d’Achouffe – I’m not sure if the Mc is suposed to imply it’s a Scottish style ale. If so, I think the farthest I’d go is to say it tastes more like Scottish ale than the average Belgian beer. But whatever it is, it’s good – plenty of chocolate malt in it.

No doubt there are finer points of the game I should be writing about, rather than what I’m drinking. Or going by crowd noise maybe not – oh, and just as I wrote that things got exciting, with some close-in volleying that nearly was a goal. Good stuff. (It turns out you don’t actually need to understand football to enjoy the exciting bits – or to know when they are.)

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quick note

Jul. 11th, 2010 08:57 pm
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Dear Dutch player: Please to not take your cues from the way the Americans were playing. Kicking the ball way across the field and directly to someone from the other team is bad.

Even I know that!

(Kicking your opponent in the chest = also bad, but I don’t think that was preventable.)

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it begins

Jul. 11th, 2010 08:52 pm
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Funny – the first channel I found the game on was in German, of which I understand even less than I do Dutch. SO I was scouting around for a local channel and I found one, all right – Omroep Brabants, the channel of this province. They were not exactly showing the game – what they showed was the crowd 5 minutes away fro me watching the giant screen in the plaza. It feels very odd seeing your neighborhood live on TV.

The game seems a bit slow so far, like both teams are sort of testing each other. I have to say, I know the players exaggerate every injury in hopes of penalties on the other team – but it still looks pretty painful when you end up sort of unintentionally vaulting an opponent and flying two meters.

The level of ball control is amazing – one player just kicked it backward over his head and still got it to a teammate.

Uh-oh, yellow card on the Dutch – I don’t think he quite meant to slide into the Spanish player like that but I can see why the card.

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Jul. 11th, 2010 08:35 pm
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I was right – it’s not really possible to take great crowd photos if you can’t get up above them. But I had to at least try.

This is just the queue for an ATM – a very uniformly-colored queue.

Here’s the crowd in the market square. As you can see, there is a wide variety of personal adornment.

And here’s the blaze of orange in the Plaza.

I wasn’t going to take these guys’ photos, but they seemed disappointed, so…

Bavaria Beer gave away dresses with a case of beer. I’m kind of sorry I didn’t get one as a souvenir – apparently they had a fashion designer figure out how to make them versatil and easy to wear for different figures. Albert Heijn’s giveaways are these Beesies – I once saw a woman at work wearing one around ear ear, like patriotic earmuffs

*interruption to say the game’s started! I just heard the national anthem and a loud cheer from outside. I’ll switch channels in a moment to see it, but first I want to see who wins the women’s eights in Lucerne.*

A small fan, and a tall one:

The Katharijnakerk seems unmoved by it all.

The US women won!!! Now over to the game.

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*my* sport

Jul. 11th, 2010 08:06 pm
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Hey, while scouting around for the right channel to see the game, I found the other World Cup – the rowing one in Lucerne – being shown on Eurosport. Cool.

Great Britain won the men’s eight, the US was something like sixth or seventh. Good things about life in Europe: getting to see the occasional rowing on TV.

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the songs

Jul. 11th, 2010 07:00 pm
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I just did a little web research to figure out what some of the songs are that I keep hearing. Apparently the one that goes to the tune of Auld Lang Syne is “Wij houden van oranje” (We love orange).

And I was right – they do really sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone“, actually with the original lyrics.

Hup Holland Hup” not only gets sung, it’s all over T-shirts and banners. Another I hear a lot though more as a cheer than a sustained song is “Ole ole ole“. (That is, mostly I just hear the ole ole ole ole ole ole part!).

If all goes well they’ll be singing Queen’s “We Are the Champions” but I guess everyone does that – I first heard it associated with a sorts event in 1980 when the Phillies won the World Series.

But there’s still one I can’t find, the liveliest and most popular of all – I may just have to go ask a random stranger (or ask tomorrow at work).

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