Orange tears in Amsterdam after World Cup loss

AMSTERDAM Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:22am IST

Netherlands fans react at an outdoor televised screening after their lost to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final soccer match, in Amsterdam July 11, 2010.  REUTERS/United Photos/Toussaint Kluiters

Netherlands fans react at an outdoor televised screening after their lost to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final soccer match, in Amsterdam July 11, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/United Photos/Toussaint Kluiters

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Cities, neighbourhoods and living rooms across the Netherlands fell silent on Sunday night after the national team lost to Spain in the World Cup final, shattering their dream of winning soccer's biggest tournament.

Despite wild cheering ahead of and during the game, the 1-0 loss in extra time sent some 180,000 orange-clad fans trudging away from Amsterdam's Museum Square, which had swelled into a mass of people so large that authorities said the city was literally full to capacity.

"I feel very disappointed but we didn't deserve to win. It's a shame," said Chris Schreve, 33, a marketing manager from Amsterdam who was among the dejected throng milling around the Leidseplein entertainment district after the match.

Many Dutch immediately hopped on to their bicycles to make their way home in silence. Police reported no major incidents in the half hour following the end of the game.

"Tens of thousands of fans are now moving peacefully away from the Museum Square," a police spokesman said.

Just as there were no revellers jumping with joy into the city's canals, there will be no victory cruise for the team on the historic centre's waterways, a traditional parade that many had been anticipating -- and planning -- for. There will be a tribute ceremony at Museum Square, however.

This year's strong performance by the Netherlands had rekindled the nation's hopes of claiming the title in their third final in the tournament's 80-year history.

Then, as now, the Dutch were widely praised for their playing style only to end up trophyless, earning them the title of the "the best team never to have won the World Cup".

Amsterdam, a city of 750,000 inhabitants, had expected up to 1 million people for a victory parade on Tuesday.

(Writing by Reed Stevenson, additional reporting by Ben Berkowitz, Greg Roumeliotis and Svebor Kranjc, editing by Jon Bramley)

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