A groin strain has put winger Arjen Robben out of the Dutch team for Monday night’s opening match against Italy in the Euro 2008 tournament in Switzerland and Austria.
‘First of all, it’s very disappointing for Arjen. However, it’s also a pity for the team,’ coach Marco van Basten said. Robben will be out for at least seven days and will also miss the match against France.
Some 30,000 Dutch fans are expected in the Swiss town of Bern for the match, which kicks off at 20.45.
Several newspapers on Monday carry eyewitness reports from Switzerland, where thousands of Dutch football supporters have arrived.
The Telegraaf goes to the Alpenblick campsite, some 60km from Bern, were 2,500 Dutch supporters are staying. ‘The first beer is at 9am; no I do not do that at home,’ one man from Zwolle tells the paper ‘We are here for the atmosphere and the parties.’
One group of men from Eibergen have brought a complete trailer stuffed with their own sofas, fridges full of beer and even the bar from the company canteen.
The AD goes to Bern, where fans are using their ingenuity to smuggle orange attributes from Heineken and Amstel beer into the official Fan Zone. Sponsor Carlsberg has slapped a ban on the Heineken hats and drums.
Barry and Ingmar from the island of Texel have been offered €1,500 each for their tickets for tonight’s game. ‘We’ve been eating sweaty Swiss cheese and drinking watery Carlsberg for two days now. These tickets are sacred,’ Barry tells the paper.
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