Football is, without a doubt, the most popular sport in the Netherlands. The national team is one of the best in the world and is a regular fixture in the UEFA European Championship and FIFA World Cup tournaments.
Amsterdam is home to one of the biggest football stadiums in Europe, the Amsterdam ArenA. The venue is the home ground to one of The Netherlands' most successful teams, AFC Ajax. Along with its main rivals PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord, AFC Ajax is one of the three clubs that usually dominate the national Eredivisie, KNVB Cup and Johan Cruijff Shield competitions. Other famous football stadiums in The Netherlands are the Philips Stadion, Feijenoord Stadion and the Gelredome, all of which hosted matches during the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament.
Teams from The Netherlands regularly compete in European club competitions and every year thousands of football fans travel to The Netherlands to see their team in action. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the country's main international gateway. From here, bus and train services will connect travelling fans with the city centre and most towns and cities throughout the country. The Netherlands also enjoys excellent road, rail and sea links with many of its European neighbours. Visitors can take advantage of high-speed trains direct to Amsterdam from major cities like Paris, Brussels and Berlin.
The country is a popular tourist destination with plenty to offer visitors, from picturesque landscapes with windmills and beautiful sea-side resorts to historic cities with splendid architecture. Accommodation is plentiful and fans should have no problem booking hotels for their stay here.