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Orange Fever is (almost) over

FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil celebrated in the Netherlands in the form of the Orange Fever (Dutch: de oranjekoorts). It is mainly to support the Dutch National Football Team – sometimes being called as Oranje or The Flying Dutchmen.  A dear friend who has been living in the Netherlands longer than I do, has posted interesting articles on Orange Fever in the Netherlands each time the Dutch football team moves further to the next level of the competition: Chez Lorraine’s Orange Fever Part 1, Orange Fever Part 2, Orange Fever Part 3. Her posts are interesting to read, they are especially on the escalating orange fever whenever the Dutch Team won a match.

The orange fever is also celebrated in Rotterdam. Some houses are decorated with orange ornaments and Dutch flags to support the Dutch Team in the World Cup. Not only houses, the cars are decorated in orange too. And of course the dog 🙂

Unfortunately the Dutch Team lost against the Argentinian Team after a penalty shootout in the semifinal (Wednesday, July 9, 2014). No fireworks in my neighborhood after the semifinal match. Usually some of our neighbors celebrated the Dutch Team winning by launching small scale fireworks after the match. The quiet evening after the semifinal match was an evidence of the Dutch disappointment as their national team failed to play at the final.

The disappointment also can be found in the tweet world. The twitter posts of the Dutch matches used to have variety funny memes like #NEDAUS (the Netherlands vs. Australia); #NEDSPA/#SPANED (vs. Spain); #NEDCHI (vs. Chile); #NEDCOS (vs. Costa Rica) and #NEDARG (vs. Argentina) – which the memes also include their Queen who came from Argentina. However the excitement has gone. There is not many memes #NEDBRA for the last match against the Brazilian team this Saturday to win the third place.

Nevertheless I hope the spirit of the both team, the Dutch and the Brazilian are still in the air to play the match at their best. Winning the third place means finishing the team’s last World Cup match as a winner. May the (third) best team wins tonight.

UPDATE July 13 2014:

The Dutch Team won the third place match against Brazil with score of  3:0. Viva Hollandia!

Respect to the Dutch Team coach Louis van Gaal for using all 23 Dutch football players to played in the prestigious event World Cup 2014.


  1. You were good, but not quite good enough – shame you didn’t get BRA in the semi! Maybe you can clear this up for me: I thought it was Netherlands, not Holland. Someone told me Holland is only a region of the country. Is this true?

    • 😀 not covering the Brazilian in the semi on this blog. Sincerely I was too shock when watching their match against the Germany..I think the Brazilian Team has much more spirit to win today’s match compare to the Dutch Team..
      Yes, it should be the Netherlands. Holland used to be a province that now divided into two provinces: Zuid (South) Holland and Noord (North) Holland while the Netherlands has 12 provinces in total. Usually the term of Holland used in informal way by the Dutch themselves to represent the whole nation..

      • Thanks for clearing that up! Yes, I agree BRA has all the motivation to win tonight, and NED has none, but does BRA have the ability to win?!

        • I think this time the BRA has learned from previous match against the Germany. Currently I get the impression that the Dutch team is not too motivated in tonight’s match to win the third place and even some Dutch here think their team will lose against Brazil..

  2. orange fever is indeed everywhere, including here..and back home in Jakarta with my auntie Mira Boissevain’s family celebration for the World Cup…they really played well today.. Bravoooo orange…

    • Indeed 🙂 The orange team did well in the end..also their coach, van Gaal who managed to use all 23 players to play at the World Cup match! I have read that is very rare and perhaps the first time in World Cup history (still have to confirm this though ;))

  3. Thank you Indah for the permalinks. Orange won yesterday but there was no celebration in my neighbourhood. Third place is not enough although the boys did well though.

    Nice pictures you shot with Orange attributes. Untill the next Orange fever.

    • It’s my the articles you wrote! Same here as well, no celebration..hopefully the Dutch will get better on the next round!

  4. The excitement disappeared after missing the final, but you still came third. Nothing to be upset about. Well done to your team. 🙂

    • Thanks Draco! It was unexpected to the number three – the Dutch is not easy to pleased when comes to their national football team :)) They wished to be in the final! So worry fo Australian Team, but I am glad that there is a team from Asia-Pacific played in the World Cup!

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