Not only is Amsterdam the capital of the Netherlands, it also has a rich sportive history. Amsterdam has about 800 sports clubs. The most popular sports in the Netherlands are football, tennis, (ice)skating and hockey.
Nowadays the club is housed in the Ultra modern ArenA in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, which seats 51.300 people and has a retractable roof. Who would have thought that the club of a couple of friends with a leather ball would grow to become a multimillion euro business 100 years later.
Of course Ajax also has opened its famous stadium the Amsterdam ArenA to the public.
There is only one NFL, but Europe has it’s own version: NLFE! National Football League Europe. Together with Frankfurt Galaxy, Berlin Thunder, Rhein Fire, FC Barcelona Dragons and Scottish Claymores the Amsterdam Admirals battle for a place in the world bowl – the final between the two best European teams of the season. This is not just a bunch of big guys with a strange looking ball trying to ram each other of the field; this is a sporting spectacle with complete music, dance acts and artists during half time.
Starting 2 hours before the game, the pre-game entertainment is a mix of cheerleader shows, music and fireworks. You can see the warming up of the players, get your picture taken with the World Bowl or have your face painted in Admirals war colors.
An evening out at the Admirals in the Amsterdam ArenA is an evening full of entertainment and sport. Next years NFL stars can be seen in Europe first!
The admirals took their name from the famous Dutch seafaring captains of the Golden Age, who turned Amsterdam into a rich city of merchants and traded their goods all over the world.
Shortly after the Second World War, nearly all of the leading basketball teams came from Amsterdam. The Apollohal and the playing field on the Museumplein are still considered basketball temples by most. During the eighties and early nineties many of Amsterdams talents dissappered to other clubs in the Netherlands. In 1995 a new club was formed by a group of Amsterdam players. Former Coach of the year Jan Willem Jansen managed the team of very experienced players from older Amsterdam teams like the Lely’s, Piranha’s and Canadiens. Although they were good they still lost their finale to the masters of the game from Den Bosch.
After having tried in 1916, 1920 and 1924 the Netherlands finally, land the Olympics Games for 1928. The decision is already made in 1921 but due to financial insecurit
y, the International Olympic Committee needs a financial guarantee from the Dutch government. A new bill is proposed in Parliament in 1925 to allow a state loan of 1 million guilders to the Dutch Olympic Committee. There is much upheaval for this “Pagan party which honors not God, but the people and the Mammon”. Many fear the “desecration of the Day of God” if there are matches on Sunday. In addition, they are seen as a thread to women who might “loose their sense of decency” if overwhelmed by all these sporting events. The bill ends up in the bin.
It is the municipally of Amsterdam, backed by donations from companies that comes up with the 1 million guilders and saves the day.
The games are a great success; the only person missing is Queen Wilhelmina, who refused to come back from her vacation in Norway because she was not consulted on the day for the opening ceremony.
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