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About 15.000 Orange fans travelled to Lisbon.
I can remember it very well. We were watching Holland compete against Sweden in the quarter finals of the EC 2004 in Portugal. A penalty shootout would decide this game's winner. Almost everyone knows Holland's history with penalty shootouts.. bad, very bad. So when it came to these penaltys, my mother said: "Dan, we're going to Portugal if we win this game." The unthinkable happend, Holland won! My mother held her word and we booked a last minute flight including a ticket to Lisbon.

It was part of a so called one-day-return. Our flight left in the middle of the night, at about 04:30 AM. I tried to sleep the night before, but that was almost impossible because I was really nervous. When we arrived at Schipol Airport, the whole place was coloured orange. It looked like everybody was heading for Portugal. I wasn't able to sleep in the plane too so it would be a tough day.

We arrived in the Lisbon city centre at 07:00 AM (one hour time difference). This was perfect. I'd never been to Lisbon before, so we could check out the city the whole day long. After some cultural sight-seeing, it was time to party. One of the main squares in Lisbon was sort of captured by all the Dutch fans. We had a lot of fun, before going to the big José Alvalade stadium. The atmosphere was really impressive. There were about 15,000 Dutch fans. We lost the game 2-1. We didn't had much chances. Nevertheless, it was a great experience!
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About 15.000 Orange fans travelled…
About 15.000 Orange fans travelle…
Part of the Lisbon harbor.
Part of the Lisbon harbor.
At the top of the Tourist Bus.
At the top of the Tourist Bus.
Lisbon street.
Lisbon street.
Big football store.
Big football store.
Monument at a square.
Monument at a square.
Me at a square.
Me at a square.
Main Square in Lisbon captured by …
Main Square in Lisbon captured by…
There was a big Holland-party goin…
There was a big Holland-party goi…
Me at the Holland-square.
Me at the Holland-square.
Me again.
Me again.
Wow, I really was young (16) at th…
Wow, I really was young (16) at t…
Waiting for the shuttle bus which …
Waiting for the shuttle bus which…
07:00 AM: first supporters arrived…
07:00 AM: first supporters arrive…
Breakfast
Breakfast
Dont take pictures when Im eatin…
Don't take pictures when I'm eati…
Were taking over!
We're taking over!
A really big bridge.
A really big bridge.
Nice historical building.
Nice historical building.
Nice historical building #2.
Nice historical building #2.
Keeping awake for about 48 hours i…
Keeping awake for about 48 hours …
Heading for the massive José Alva…
Heading for the massive José Alv…
And I wasnt the only one.
And I wasn't the only one.
Me.
Me.
I was still laughing at that momen…
I was still laughing at that mome…
Portuguese fans singing to the Nat…
Portuguese fans singing to the Na…
*Auch*
*Auch*
Does this say something about the …
Does this say something about the…
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