Euro 2012: Painting the continent 'Oranje'

UEFA Euro 2012, one of soccer's top international competitions, kicks off June 8. In anticipation of this eagerly awaited event, Playbook is teaming up with ESPN FC to offer sights and other delights from each participating nation.

The Dutch national team is known for more than great soccer. Those orange jerseys are just as iconic as -- perhaps even more than -- legends like Johan Cruyff.

So today we're painting Europe orange in honor of the Oranje.

And even more fan shots from World Cup 2010 ...

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With the Holland national flag featuring only red, white and blue, why is orange so prevalent in the Netherlands?