Heroes' welcome for Dutch World Cup squad

13th July 2010, Comments 0 comments


Amsterdam is gearing up for a mass celebration of the Dutch football squad's second place in the World Championship. After a visit to Queen Beatrix in The Hague, the players will be airlifted to Amsterdam for a victory parade by ship on the capital's Ij river and inner city canals. Up to a million supporters are expected to line the canals during the team's boat trip.

The Orange squad will disembark close to Museum Square for the official congratulatory ceremony where the men will present themselves to be cheered by the public.

In order to cope with the crowds before and after the celebrations, public transport in the city is free on Tuesday. Consumption of alcohol on trains is not allowed.

Positive focus Critics who point out that the Dutch lost, rather than won the World Cup final in South Africa are rebuffed by psychologists who praise the therapeutic value of the public tribute. Grief specialist Jos de Keijser told daily,

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