Switzerland has made a fine mess of their bid for victory. Granted: both Swiss games were exciting matches – they just managed to not win either game. Hence, even before their third group game, the Swiss have committed themselves to a quick exit.
Austria likewise is not showing well. Although they have not played as admirably as the Swiss. They seemed awkward and out of place. I have not seen their second game yet, but I don’t expect they will turn their ship around. I suspect they too will not make it out of group play.
But with any tournament, its no fun if you have no one to root for. And so, paint me orange and call me Hurdy Gurdy, I throw my heart and my number-one-foam-finger behind the Dutch. I bet all my rocks and sticks on The Netherlands (which is forever sinking). I was so impressed with their game against Italy. Such sweet goals and so many of them.
I know I have no tangible ties to Holland. I know a few Dutch people. I’ve been to Holland (and not just Amsterdam). (I often sing the praises of their food, hospitality and shops devoted entirely to cheese!) I still have a soft spot for Germany as my family does come from there (but so many generations ago its hard to base my fandom on that tie any more I can pick Holland because of my evangelical love of cheese). Or can I? I love cheese. They love cheese. Maybe we were meant to be together.
Go The Netherlands!