Morning after: The Netherlands' World Cup fans euphoric in Cape Town
The Netherlands' World Cup fans are basking in the orange glow of Tuesday's semifinal victory over Uruguay, which propels Holland into the championship match for the first time since 1978.
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“2010 is our year – the year of orange. [Midfielder Wesley Sneijder] and [Forward Arjen Robben] can win it for us, because they play so well for the Netherlands. I don’t mind who we play because we are unstoppable,” says Emma Muller, as she shopped with her friend, Maud Groot, on Cape Town's famous Victoria & Alfred waterfront while their partners slept in after a late night of celebration. Both women still had the Dutch flag painted on their faces and had tickets for the final.
“The Germans are playing some wonderful football, but it would be lovely to play them and beat them," says Ms. Groot. "We’ve beaten Brazil, who a lot of people thought would win the World Cup, so why can’t we win it? There will be more people coming from Holland now so we will turn Johannesburg orange just as we did here.”
As weary fans enjoyed coffee and breakfast at bars and restaurants, many were already arranging transportation and tickets for the big showdown Sunday at Soccer City in Johannesburg, 1,400 km (890 miles) northeast of here.