Morocco and Turkey are well known for their passionate football supporters. For both countries, a match played by their national team usually means party time for the entire nation. And with Holland being a home for many Turkish and Moroccan people, they will be ensured of enthusiastic and passionate gatherings.
On 28 April 1998, 10,000 noisy fans, mostly dressed in traditional Moroccan outfits, converged on the Gelredome in Arnhem and helped their team to a 2-1 victory in a friendly match against Holland. The same kind of support will be needed during the FIFA World Youth Championship this year, when Morocco play in Group C in Doetinchem where they will be up against European champions Spain, Honduras and Chile.
You do not have to look back too long to realise that Turkey will also be among the best supported teams in the Low Countries during the championship. In 2001 Turkey fans outnumbered Dutch with the Amsterdam ArenA turning a more crimson shade of Orange, as the match ended 0-0.
Turkey succumbed to Spain in extra-time of the UEFA U-19 European Championship Final last summer but they proved they have the qualities to compete for the title this time. In an interview on Turkish television, striker and star player Ali Özturk said he could not play without supporters. If there was ever really a doubt of that, Utrecht, where the team will play the first two matches, has thousands of inhabitants of Turkish origin. And just to be sure, many more will journey from Germany and other parts of the Netherlands to cheer them on in Group B past China, Panama and Ukraine.
Playing their first two matches in Enschede just across the border, Germany will not be lacking support either. They may be in the tough looking Group D alongside Argentina, United States and Egypt, but captain Michael Delura and his team will have a familiar feeling on their glory quest.