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Kids in Netherlands Get Time off School to Stay Up to Watch World Cup Semi-Final

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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJuly 9, 2014

As if a World Cup semi-final isn't exciting enough for a football-crazy Dutch child, news arrives that the nation's schools are starting late tomorrow so pupils and teachers can stay up and watch.

Many schools in The Netherlands will allow pupils to show up an hour late tomorrow morning. #WorldCup2014

— Jⓐn Velterop (@Villavelius) July 9, 2014

The game against Argentina kicks off at 10 p.m. in the Netherlands, so it means a finish at close to midnight—and that's assuming the Dutch avoid a repeat of the extra time and penalties that they endured in the previous round against Costa Rica.

So even if the Netherlands lose, at least maths can wait another hour or two.

[LeanderonFox, Twitter]


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