Ground: Euroborg Stadion
Date: 13th June 2007
Match: Holland U21 - Portugal U21 2-1 (UEFA U21 Championships)
Attendance: 19 498
Until the summer of 2007 I had never visited Holland, or the Netherlands as the country is officially called, but with some interesting matches, the chance to meet some of my foreign friends and the opportunity to do some touristing I decided to spend the first six days of my summer holiday in the country. The day before I set off for Holland I got a bad cold and on the morning of my departure I was actually considering staying at home. Despite feeling quite ill I made the decision to travel and after a short flight from Copenhagen to Amsterdam I boarded a train to the most northern city of Holland, Groningen. My hotel was in the northeastern outskirts of the city but quite close to the Euroborg stadium. When I finally arrived at my hotel I was very tired but after something to eat and drink I got some well needed energy back. My first match of the tournament was between Holland and Portugal but with a late kick-off I had an entire day to kill in Groningen. There was a bus stop just outside my hotel and the journey to the city centre was only about 10 minutes. I visited some museums but most of all I enjoyed walking in the city centre taking pictures of the nice surroundings. In the afternoon I reurned back to my hotel to rest before walking to the Euroborg Stadion. The stadium was opened in January 2006 and has an all-seated capacity of 21,000. The stadium seemed "fresh" and of the four stadiums I visited in the tournament this was my favourite one. My seat was in the upper tier of the East Stand and I had a perfect view of the action. One odd thing though was that you had to go down to the lower tier to get food and drinks. Holland, with Drenthe and Babel, impressed and won the match by 2-1 and as I walked back to my hotel I was tired and despite my cold I was in quite good mood after a fine start to the tournament.