Single European Currency

Well, the English interest in the European Cup began in earnest this morning, when Liverpool and Arsenal got their draws in the European Cup (“Champions League”, my arse) third qualifying round. Both of them should, theoretically, sail through, though Liverpool’s players and supporters have justified reasons to be more than a little bit nervous at the prospect of a trip to Israel to play Maccabi Haifa, given the somewhat tense situation at present, especially when this is coupled with Tony Blair’s continuing kow-towing to America’s repulsive foreign policy. There’s talk that the away leg will be moved to Tel Aviv, and Liverpool are already lobbying to get it played the hell away from Israel altogether. If I was in charge of UEFA, I’d get them to play it in Baghdad. I’m not sure what it would prove, but it would amuse me. Arsenal, on the other hand, are already talking about going “one step further” than they did last season, which seems a little rich coming from a team that finished some distance off third place and only just limped into fourth place last season. Indeed, the “Dodgy Lasagne” incident before the Spurs-West Ham match in May has already entered the lexicon of the Spurs Conspiracy Theorists’ Hall Of Fame, in the “Cheating Arsenal” section. FK Ekranas (Greek, I think), or Dinamo Zagreb lie in wait for them. As...

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