If You’re Clicking Your Heels

It’s the final year of the Intertoto Cup, the competition that everybody wins (you’ll find some Newcastle United supporters that claim that victory in last year’s tournament was their first major trophy since the 1969 Fairs Cup). From next year on, the competition will be absorbed into the preliminary stages of the UEFA Cup, and the annual football schedule will be somewhat tidier-looking for it. This year’s competition started on the 21st of June, while most eyes were still fixed on the European Championships, without too many household names involved. For the casual British observer there may have been a slight flush of excitement of the Welsh Premier League’s representatives Rhyl’s involvement, but they lost 9-3 over two legs against Bohemians of Dublin, and the only other name that stood out were the Hungarian team Honved – the sort of team that your dad would tell you were a big club, “back in the day”. They beat FC Zhetysu Taldykorgan of Kazakhstan 6-3 on aggregate. How the mighty have fallen. The second round ups the ante slightly, with clubs ftom higher ranking UEFA nations entering the fray. Hats of to Hibernian, Scotland’s representatives, who were beaten 4-0 on aggregate by Elfsborg of Sweden, a result which does make one wonder why they chose to enter the competition in the first place. Elsewhere, a couple of other teams that raise...

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