Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Last night I went to Bern to experience the Holland vs Italy match. Like most of the people who don't have connections in UEFA or don't have platinum Amex cards, I didn't get a ticket for the match. So I thought of just going to Bern and watching the game there in the Fan Zone with other Dutch supporters.

Me and a mate left Geneva at 17.45 and got to Bern at 19.26. As we walked out of the station it was already a sea of orange. There were Dutch supporters everywhere. We found the big Fan Zone and made ourselves comfortable among 20,000 other Dutch supporters. At 20.45 the game started. It was a great experience. The whole crowd were singing and singing. Everytime Luca Toni was in picture the whole crowd started to sing "Lu-ca Toni is ho-mo" to the tune of Seven Nation Army's bassline.

Ruud van Nistelrooy scored the first goal (was he offside? was he not? don't care, it was allowed). Wesley Sneijder made a beautiful second after a quick counter attack and Gio added the third. The Dutch played wonderfully well, magnificent, while the Italians were lugging around not sure what to do anymore.

It was surely a match to remember and it was quite a party afterwards in Bern. Unbelievable atmosphere. I'm glad I had a chance to go and hopefully the Dutch will make it far this time.


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