Oranje! Hup Holland hup!
The Netherlands made it to the final of World Cup 2010 following an exciting match against tenacious Uruguay. Sadly for the last South American team left in the competition, Luis Suarez’s absence was too much to compensate, even for wonder playmaker Diego Forlan. The Uruguayans went down, but went down in style, 40 years after their last semi-final defeat to Brazil. More on the matches tomorrow.
In the meantime on the New York stage, I am woefully caught in lab work, so I can’t leave the premises and watch the games somewhere other than local Columbia Medical Center pub Coogan’s.
Instead of photos, just this once, here’s a healthy dose of World Cup internet euphoria:
- Bad news for German fans out there. Psychic octopus Paul predicted Germany would fall to Spain in tomorrow’s all-European semi-final. It’s Paul against Joachim Low’s stylish v-neck sweater, folks!
- Mollusk odds aside, die Mannschaft made everyone in the world (myself included) want to be German when they wrote a touching letter to their fans. (Thanks, Cindy, for spotting this one)
- Lastly on the German front, the exciting team Joachim Low has molded may also be a benefit of the ‘multiculti’ squad. Rest of Europe, take note.
- Can’t get enough of Oranje? Here’s one of the goals of the century, courtesy of Johan Cruyff, and a video summary of the last time the Dutch made it to a World Cup final, all the way back in 1978.
- After Raymond ‘Guillotine’ Domenech left the French national team, Les Bleus have a new coach: World Cup ‘98 veteran Laurent Blanc is a brave man. Good news is, he can possibly do any more damage.
- If it’s only Team USA you care about, Hendrick Hertzberg ponders whether Americans hate football.
- And if you haven’t been skipping work to watch one heck of an entertaining World Cup so far, check out this enlightening cheat sheet by Gawker.
Last but not least. Orange geekdom.
Till tomorrow. What a match that will be.