Euro 2012: Painting the continent 'Oranje'

June, 3, 2012
UEFA Euro 2012, one of soccer's top international competitions, kicks off June 8. In anticipation of this eagerly awaited event, Playbook is teaming up with ESPN FC to offer sights and other delights from each participating nation.

The Dutch national team is known for more than great soccer. Those orange jerseys are just as iconic as -- perhaps even more than -- legends like Johan Cruyff.

So today we're painting Europe orange in honor of the Oranje.

Dutch HouseRobert Vos/Getty Images... as in literally painting it orange -- like in this photo before Euro 2008, in the town of Goirle.
Netherlands CelebrateAP Photo/Hassan AmmarAll of these players -- (from left) Mark van Bommel, Wesley Sneijder, Gregory van der Wiel, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben -- made manager Bert van Marwijk's 23-man squad for Euro 2012.
Bert van MarwijkAP Photo/Martin MeissnerSpeaking of van Marwijk, the manager himself looks pretty good surrounded by orange.
Dutch bearLiu Jin/AFP/Getty ImagesCreatures of all kinds love the Dutch national team, like this bear from the 2010 World Cup.
Dutch StatueValery Hache/Getty ImagesEven inanimate objects -- like this statue from Euro 2008 -- love going orange.
Michael KiwanukaGreetsia Tent/WireImage/Getty ImagesSome European musicians, like British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka, get caught up in the fever.
Bon JoviGetty ImagesDid we say European? Here's Jon Bon Jovi, at a concert in Amsterdam during Euro 2008.
Dutch fanGetty ImagesIt's the fans, though, who particularly love getting oranged out.
NetherlandsDavid Cannon/Getty ImagesAs we were saying ...

And even more fan shots from World Cup 2010 ...

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images | Christian Ort/GEPA/US Presswire

David Cannon/Getty Images | Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport/US Presswire

With the Holland national flag featuring only red, white and blue, why is orange so prevalent in the Netherlands?

Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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