Inside sleepy Portuguese town bracing itself for influx of 15,000 boozy England fans ahead of Nations League semi-final with Holland

THERE was peace and quiet in Guimaraes yesterday – but that will change in 48 hours when England fans arrive.

The historic city in northern Portugal is the venue for England’s Uefa Nations League semi-final with Holland.




At least 15,000 fans England supporters have tickets for the game at the 30,000-capacity Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques, home of Portuguese top-flight team Vitoria.

But supporters hoping for excellent weather like that at Saturday's Champions League final in Madrid will be disappointed.

The weather is expected to turn on Thursday with heavy rain currently expected and a maximum temperature of 15C.

England’s players travel tomorrow and will be staying in the city at the boutique Santa Luzia ArtHotel over the five days. Security guards were working yesterday erecting barriers to seal off the road.




Portugal face Switzerland in the other semi-final tomorrow in Porto, which will also stage Sunday’s final.

If England lose against the Dutch, they will once again play in Guimaraes in the third place play-off on Sunday afternoon.

The majority of fans are staying around the coast in Oporto and organisers have ensured that transport will be running after both games in Guimaraes, which is inland.

Guimaraes has played host to an English club before, with Bolton drawing 1-1 with Vitoria in 2005.




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