Fan Diary: Entry #2, Go Oranje!

Father's Day was early for this duo this year...

Colin Chapman is a member of the TSG community

OK, so our third day was a bit less crazy than our first day.  Our first priority was the Netherlands v Denmark game.  We learned from the first match that park and ride is the ONLY way to get to the stadium and the lady that runs the bed and breakfast we are staying at let us know where to go.

This....was the short line...

Turns out that the parking garage was at Constitution Hill, a very historic place for South Africa.  We didnt have time to poke around, but will be going back to check it out again in the next few games.  The line for the bus to the stadium was REALLY long, but didn’t end up taking that more than 30 minutes or so to get on a bus.

Once we were on the bus and on our way to soccer city, There was a moment when the bus was approaching the stadium and you could sort of see the top above the tree line and the as soon as the trees ended, you could see the entire stadium and it looked enormous.


We finally made our way to our seats and we surrounded by Holland fans.  The Denmark fans were definitely the minority.  For the most part, the game wasn’t too interesting…at least not until Eljero Elia was subbed in.

I’ve got quite a few pictures of the crowds and stadium and a video of us making our way to our seats right as the anthems were finishing up.  I went into the game backing Denmark because of our housemates, but they just weren’t doing much, and I wanted to see goals…so I ended up cheering for Holland by the end.

Once the match was over, the lines to get on the bus were as expected…crazy.  The match ended at 1:30 and the bus got us back to our car at 5:30…it was 6 miles away.

"Waldo!" "Oh, Waldo."...."WALDO!"

We headed to the beer store after that and caught the last few minutes of the Japan v Cameroon game, then found our way to Sandton to find some restaurants there.

What we found was a couple of “fan zones” that were outside areas in a mall area that had large screens set up for people to view the matches.  We watched the first half of the Italy v Paraguay match indoors over dinner and went outside with the crowd to watch the second half on the big screen.  About the same number of Paraguay supporters were out as Italy supporters, but I feel that a lot of them were sort of like Scotland fans are with England and were just rooting for whoever is against Italy.

Thats all for now.  We have 2 days off before our next match (France v Mexico).

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tom M on 2010/06/14 at 5:06 PM

    Sounds great Colin. I’m jealous! Stay safe


  2. Posted by Johninho on 2010/06/14 at 9:37 PM

    Enjoy, Colin!

    So has anybody put together their Poolside XI yet?

    Here’s what I had – rules are any player whose team made the Cup but didn’t make the roster, and was not otherwise retired or injured.

    Top: Benzema, Van Nistelrooy

    Mid: Nasri, Riquelme, Pato, Walcott

    Def: Roberto Carlos, Cambiasso, Materazzi, Zanetti

    GK: Huerelho Gomes


  3. Posted by kaya on 2010/06/14 at 10:04 PM

    It’s great to hear the in-person reportage from the fan perspetive, though the commute times are making me feel less bad about not going =)
    Are you getting used to the vuvuzelas with time? With the latest round of press complaints, I saw some people saying the horns are hardly a “South African tradition”. I knew I was sure I’d heard them a long time before the Confed Cup, and this time took the time to read about them: sure enough, they’ve been popular in Latin America for a long time and are quite new to S. Africa. I think the rest of us just never heard thousands at a time for an entire game before 2009.
    Anyway, I wish my babe were a little older like the kid pictured at the top (cute!), I would’ve happily braved the 1 mile/hour shuttles.


    • Posted by Colin on 2010/06/15 at 3:14 PM

      The waits have been totally worth it. The crowds in lines are free entertainment, and its so easy to make nice with all sorts of people in line or on buses or in the stands….definitely no complaints, just worth mentioning the sheer volume of people that are moving around this city/country all at once.


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