As of last night, the Dutch are in the World Cup Finals, and it’s not something you would miss if you were walking down the streets of Amsterdam. They defeated Uruguay 3-2 in the semi-finals, and will now play either Spain or Germany in the World Cup Finals on Sunday. With the prospect of a Netherlands/Germany match, many German expats are seriously considering driving over to Germany to watch the game just on the other side of the border. Whether they win or lose, the Dutch will party, and party hard. No one expected they would come this far, and they are more than psyched about it.
With each game closer to the final, the Dutch have been getting more and more enthusiastic. Last night during the semi-finals, the streets were deserted while every single bar in the city was packed. The crowd went nuts even during insignificant events (even more so with each goal scored), and when the game was over and the Dutch had won, the streets erupted in one, big, orange party. Even three hours after the game, the streets were still full of party goers (below you can watch a video I shot from my window last night – can you hear the marching band and helicopter?)
Now that the Dutch are in the finals, you can bet that every single TV screen in Amsterdam will be showing the game. Bars will be packed, but the city is already preparing for the event by putting up screens across the city, including in Museumplein, Muntplein, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. No doubt this will be a historic match, and if you’re in Amsterdam you can’t miss the excitement. Bars will be packed, but one of these many outdoor screens is a great way to watch the game, and the Dutch.