Thursday, 6 December 2007

Euro 2008 draw

All things considered, I was satisfied with the draw for next summer's group phase matches in Basle featuring Switzerland versus the Czech Republic, Turkey and Portugal. Of course, the Switzerland-Turkey fixture has security implications owing to events of recent history, but I'm optimistic that the many thousands of Turks who'll be in town for the match will want to give a better account of themselves for fear of a repeat of the truly shocking backlash they suffered two years ago.
As far as I know, Czech fans are like the Scandinavians in that they drink lots of beer but are harmless. Fans of the Portuguese national team are also quite amenable, so I've heard. With no prospect of the nasty English making people's lives difficult, at least the head of Basle police should now be able to sleep soundly at night.

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