Although Holland seems to be ignored in this ‘Battle of the Flags‘ in Beirut, the Dutch are quietly moving forward. Very few places sell Dutch flags, but I think they are going to regret that after tonight. The more popular teams, such as France and Germany, all received a beating, but not the Dutch. And no, you cannot rotate the French flag 90 degrees and pretend it is Dutch!
The Saint George Hotel may be trying to change the mood; they had red white and blues flying all over the place yesterday afternoon. Unbeknownst to them however (I assume), the choice of blue was not the right one; Light blue. And that makes it the flag of Luxemburg. The Dutch flag carries a darker blue . As far as I know, Luxemburg did not make it to the World Soccer Cup. It’s the thought that counts though, no?
And so tonight’s the night! Are we going to make it, or are we going to lose from Cameroon? We beat the Danish and the Japanese, but neither had the Fifa ranking of Cameroon (Danish; 36, Japan; 45, Holland; 4, Cameroon; 19). So do we stand a chance? Yes. Are we going to win? I sure hope so. They did lose against the Japanese, but they beat the Danish. We will qualify for the 2nr round either way.
The Dutch don’t have a soccer spot in Beirut anymore. Both ‘Old Amsterdam’ and the ‘Rising Phoenix‘ did not make it through these difficult financial times, and thus we have to try a different venue. Where will we watch? I don’t know? I’m still waiting for the verdict. Give me some hint, Dutchies!