Imagine the scene: dining out in Amsterdam, when all the sudden a bunch of tourists run in from outside, scrambling to the back to get away from something unknown. And all the sudden, shouting can be heard outside . . .
Turns out Ajax was hosting a team from Greece – PAOK Salonika.
The game had just ended in the Amsterdam Arena and the Greece fans were heading home. With the game ending in a 1-1 draw, both sides were a bit rowdy and shouting at each other, so the police were on guard.
[EDIT: I’m being told being a little Dutch birdie that they were actually heading TO the game.]
Here come the police. Mind you, it’s a controlled march, but both sides are getting louder and louder. After a bit of walking, the Greeks encounter a group of stationary Dutch who are shouting — some national slogan or song that I now forget. But they were definitely verbally fighting back, not willing to just lay down and let some foreign group of fans outstage them.
And what Dutch blog could possibly be complete without a Vodka museum picture (and some awesome horses).
Very passionate fans. I’ll admit it was a bit disconcerting in the beginning, but sort of fascinating once I realized there really wasn’t much danger as long as you stayed on the side of the road out of the way. Go sports!