The game itself, by the way, was definitely worth paying attention too. The Dutch competition works (same as most national
soccer football competitions) with a points system, 1 point for a tie, 3 for a win. At the end of the season the team with the most points is the champion, often the spread is even far enough to crown the winner a couple weeks beforehand. This year however, that was not the case. The spread beween number 1, FC Twente, and number 2, Ajax Amsterdam, was only 1 point. Now guess which two teams had to play each other on the last day of the competition.
Needless to say this was a game no Dutch football enthousiast wanted to miss. I had little investment in either team and watched as a neutral observer but there were two friends with me who supported Ajax all the way. You could take a samurai sword to the tension in the air. Especially during the second half of the game Twente got a lot stronger and despite a mistake resulting in an own goal, it could’ve easily gone either way. When Ajax popped in the fourth goal of the evening making it 3-1 it was basically over though. A championship they really had to fight for with a rocky start to the season, so the victory eventually felt sweeter than ever to many of the fans.
Now please excuse me while I try to shake off all the beers those crazy Ajax fans kept pouring me. Something I’d advise the next player to hold a cup over his head to do too.