Monthly Archives: June 2004

Euro2004: Netherlands – Germany

Last week I saw the first houses in Maastricht being decorated with all kinds of orange (“oranje”) stuff, showing the support of the inhabitants for the Dutch soccer team for the coming European Championships “Euro 2004” in Portugal. Little orange flags in every street, a lot of pictures of lions on the houses. In every supermarket there are also special Euro2004 promotions.

The football match Germany – Netherlands itself will take place in Porto, Portugal on Tuesday 15th, 2004. In the university in Maastricht I heard several rumors saying that the game will be shown on the “big screen” in the lecture hall. However, I think that this will not be the case because the university might still need the lecture hall for the next academic year.

When the match actually takes place, this will be the first time that every German student comes to the city by bike and not by car which many often do. Some fear that in case of a defeat of the Dutch team by the German team (which is after the horrible testmatch by Germany today quite unlikely) their car is not safe anymore.

There are also special websites supporting the Dutch team and taunting the Germans. For example KeinRudi.nl (meaning “No Rudi”, Rudi Völler is the coach of the German team) presents a song against Rudi Völler. Another site is schade-deutschland-alles-ist-vorbei.com, meaning something like “Too bad Germany, everything is over.” Next to some rather heavy comments in the guestbook, the funny thing here is the German translation of the page which sounds as if Google had translated it. Another Goodbye-Rudi-Völler-song can be found at the DagRudi.nl site. There is also a page for the fans of the Limburg area, where Maastricht belongs to. The official Dutch football association KNVB can be found here and the German DFB here. I have not yet found any interesting and funny German fan sites, so if you know any post them as a comment.

D-Day

On June 6th, 1944, called “D-day”, the Battle of Normandy started. Today, the 60th anniversary of the D-day was celebrated. I was wondering where the term “D-day” actually came from.

An article in the Wikipedia says that there is next to the “D-day” also an “H-hour”. The “D” stands for the day when a combat operation is initiated, the “H” for the hour, respectively. This is done because plans for an operation are made up long before specific dates are set.