World Cup Fan of the Day: The Netherlands
- 13 July 2014 09:59
- Posted by @johannesdeleur
32 City fans from 32 countries share their thoughts on the World Cup and their love of the Blues...
Your full name
Johannes de Leur
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
My friends all knew I am a City supporter and even though none of them really likes the club as much, they gave me a City shirt for my birthday a few years ago and they all signed it!
It's still hanging on my wall as a decoration. Funny thing is that some of them had a hard time while signing it - as United fans they didn't really like the idea of touching and signing the shirt!
Your favourite City player
Vincent Kompany. He is one of the best defenders in the world.
He is always stable and even world-class strikers will not easily get through a defence with Kompany in the team. Unfortunately he plays for our neighbours Belgium!
Your favourite player for your country
Nigel de Jong. The moment he made his debut for Ajax, he made a good impression on me.
In his time at City, he was in my opinion one of the key players of the Premier League winning team. He is an important player who seems to be always on the right place at the right time to stop attacks with his sliding tackles.
Who is your country’s star player?
Arjen Robben is for sure the player the whole country puts their hopes on.
His current form even might be the best in his career, and he is one of the best wingers in the world.
How far do you think your country will get in the World Cup?
Before the tournament, I guessed we would at least reach the last 16.
How important to your country is the World Cup?
It is really important for a lot of Dutch people - even for all those people who regularly don't care about football at all.
The whole country has been celebrating the World Cup together. A lot of streets are decorated with all kind of orange attributes. We call it 'orange fever'.
Which country do you think will win the World Cup?
Hmmm... Germany and Argentina are good competitors...
What was the first World Cup you remember watching?
I remember vaguely something about the match between Netherlands and Argentina in 1998, where Dennis Bergkamp scored his astonishing goal late in the match, resulting in a place in the semi-finals - but I was too young to really care I guess.
I remember the 2002 World Cup a bit more but unfortunately the Netherlands weren't participating that year.
So the first World Cup that I actually clearly remember, and when I actively watched a lot of matches, is the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
What is your first memory of watching City?
In 2008, City played against the Dutch club FC Twente in the UEFA Cup. I remember watching this match on Dutch national television.
I remember Robinho scored and impressed me in that match. The first match I remember specifically watching City play in was the 2-1 victory against Newcastle in 2009.
In that match, Nigel de Jong made his debut for City. His move to City was back then the reason for me to start following the club more.