Dutch fans in orange and clogs swarm Cape Town

Tue Jul 6, 2010 10:20am EDT
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By Alexandra Hudson

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Be it a billowing milkmaid's dress, pilot's uniform or clown trousers only one color dominated Cape Town on Tuesday -- brilliant orange.

Tens of thousands of Dutch fans streamed through the city filling waterfront bars and fan zones, honoring their reputation as some the world's most enthusiastic supporters ahead of their team's semi-final with Uruguay.

"We never expected to get past Brazil, so this is a really fantastic moment. We've got so far now we have to take the World Cup home," said 43-year-old Frank Lamers, from Schayk, wearing an orange pilot's uniform.

"I remember watching the Dutch lose World Cup finals in the seventies as a boy. It is now or never for us. Mentally the team is absolutely together," he added.

Netherlands lost two successive World Cup finals in 1974 and 1978, first to West Germany and then to Argentina in an era when the Dutch style of "total football" won it admirers all over the world. It has never won football's top prize.

"I think we will win tonight. Uruguay has players suspended or injured and the Dutch will have all this support.

"Our players are with some of the world's best clubs, they are on top form, we are going all the way this time," said Timo Marcus, a 20-year-old student from Utrecht wearing clogs.

If they beat Uruguay Netherlands would face either Germany or Spain, who meet in Durban on Wednesday.   Continued...

<p>Netherlands' soccer fans celebrate victory over Brazil after a 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match in Port Elizabeth July 2, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Kooren</p>