Watching The Dutch During The World Cup Of 2008 At Hemingsway Bar In Yorkville
It brings me great joy cheering for my Dutch countrymen during the Worldcup of 2008 which I often watched at Hemingsway who broadcast the soccer games to mainly Dutch fans.
We were unfortunately eliminated by Russia but it was a sensational match.
The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2008, was the 13th UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football tournament contested by European nations.
It took place in Austria and Switzerland from 7 June 2008 to 29 June 2008. The second jointly-hosted edition in the competition's history, the tournament was eventually won by Spain, defeating Germany 1–0 in the final; becoming only the second nation to win all their group stage fixtures and win the European Championship itself; a milestone also achieved by France in 1984.
Spain were also the first team since Germany in 1996 to win the tournament undefeated. Greece were the defending champions going into the tournament, having won UEFA Euro 2004, the previous competition.
They recorded the worst finish in Euro 2008, collecting the least amount of prize money and gaining no points in their three group fixtures.
Throughout 31 matches, the participating nations totalled 77 goals, the same as the previous tournament. Austria and Switzerland automatically qualified as hosts; the remaining 14 teams were determined through qualifying matches, which began in August 2006. As European champions, Spain earned the right to compete for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.