Bern expects 30,000 Dutch fans for opening match
Most of the fans do not have tickets for the match, but will arrive at the Swiss city will follow the action on large outdoor screens.9 June 2008
BERN - The Swiss city of Bern is slowly turning orange as hundreds of Dutch football fans descend on the city to watch the Netherlands play its first Euro 2008 match.
The Dutch squad faces Italy on Monday evening.
The Swiss authorities expect 30,000 Dutch football fans to arrive at Bern to support their team. Most of the fans do not have tickets for the match but will follow the action on large outdoor screens throughout the city.
Marco van Basten, coach of the Dutch team, says that striker Arjen Robben will probably miss the Netherlands' second match against France on Friday as well as Monday's opening game.
The striker suffered a groin strain during training on Saturday and will need about a week to recover. It is possible that Robin van Persie will be in the starting line-up for this evening's match.
Earlier, coach Marco van Basten said Van Persie would not be fit although he is making a rapid recovery from his thigh injury.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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