AMSTERDAM — In a normal World Cup An increase in bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants throughout the year the Orange is a popular color in the Netherlands. the The stadium was packed to the rafters with soccer fans. The Dutch It is possible to call it “Orange fever.”
This year, however, the fever has been largely absent.
It might be because it’s winter. It might be because Qatar’s human rights issues have dominated the News coverage the event. This could be because some establishments decided not to attend. the Games as they were.
“Normally during the World Cup, I’ve got a full bar,” Mike Schuurman, a pub owner in Alphen aan den Rijn for nearly nine years, said that he decided to stop flying after deciding not to fly. the games. “Something didn’t feel right” He stated that they should not be shown because of corruption and human right issues.
All across the Many gay bars across the country decided to stop airing their radios. the games, because of Qatar’s poor record on L.G.B.T.Q. Issues, according the Dutch broadcaster RTL.
But, the Dutch As the team prepared for their first match against Senegal on Monday afternoon, Amsterdam fans slowly began to gather in bars and pubs. Some orange balloons were even hung near early Christmas decorations.
“The run-up has been different,” Cuno Engwerda (25), was waiting for his friends at a central Amsterdam bar. “It’s a shame that it’s in Qatar,” He said. He understood the He was bored, but he decided to keep an eye on the action. the Matches because he supports them always the Dutch team.
“Normally, there are decorations everywhere in the city,” Saira Bosma was 24, who was sitting nearby at a bar. “It feels smaller.”
A survey is being conducted this month by You can find more information at Dutch News program revealed that only 14% of people looked forward to the news. the tournament. This has led to a shortage of the Orange decorations, TV commercials, and other preparations are all part of the The normal run-up for major tournaments.
If the Dutch squad does well, Schuurman, the Bar owner stands to lose quite some business. He said he was willing and able to pay.
“I’ll have to wait and see,” He said. “It might just become very busy with people who do not love soccer.”
Workers and bar owners who decided to fly. the Games required you to think about the When showing, decision is more important than in previous years. the World Cup It was an obvious conclusion.
“I do not support it,” Sander Schaap the Manager at a bar the Southern part of Amsterdam, who eventually made the Airfare as a business decision the games. “I happen to be gay, and I would not be able to enter a stadium in Qatar hand-in-hand with a partner.”
There’s one thing everyone seems to agree on: The national mood will depend on how well the Dutch Team does.
“If we’re going to win, then everyone will go crazy and everyone will forget what happened in Qatar,” Schaap stated.