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Sunday, June 3, 2012
Euro 2012: Painting the continent 'Oranje'

By Patrick Dorsey

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 House
... as in literally painting it orange -- like in this photo before Euro 2008, in the town of Goirle.
Netherlands Celebrate
All 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 Marwijk
Speaking of van Marwijk, the manager himself looks pretty good surrounded by orange.
Dutch bear
Creatures of all kinds love the Dutch national team, like this bear from the 2010 World Cup.
Dutch Statue
Even inanimate objects -- like this statue from Euro 2008 -- love going orange.
Michael Kiwanuka
Some European musicians, like British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka, get caught up in the fever.
Bon Jovi
Did we say European? Here's Jon Bon Jovi, at a concert in Amsterdam during Euro 2008.
Dutch fan
It's the fans, though, who particularly love getting oranged out.
Netherlands
As we were saying ...

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

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