Invited by Tony Blair, the Iraq national team is apparently playing a British parliamentary XI tomorrow and then heading up the M1 to West Brom to take on that well-known Midlands outfit, Trinidad and Tobago. The Spanish authorities have refused them visas, presumably out of political spite, and Mr Bush has not replied to their letter, but that – and the fact that he hasn’t been paid for a year – seems unlikely to disturb their coach, Bernd Stange.
Mr Stange last visited The Hawthorns back in 1979 as trainer of Carl Zeiss Jena, at which stage he still seems to have been a Stasi spy. He later trained the DDR national team and Hertha BSC Berlin, but was kicked out when his 247-page Stasi file was revealed in 1995. Stays in the Ukraine, Australia and Oman followed, before Saddam hired him in 2002 to work with the Iraqi team when Uday wasn’t torturing them. As he observed at the time:
Mr Stange still has a few years left in him and, since he seems to be addicted to high-risk/high-reward scenarios, one can’t help wondering what could possibly trump East Germany and Saddam. Now, if only Dennis Wise would move on from Millwall.
- Dos entrevistas con organilleros
Un italiano en Boston College en 1937, y un chileno con organillo falso en 2011.
- Saudis seek tourism assistance abroad
It seems that the local parasite class is going to stop moaning about Bush and his Saudis for long enough tomorrow
- Antidote to Turkish Rambo
Here’s the real-life flipside to Valley of the wolves, Iraq: a Turkish military court has released the phenomenally brave gay consciencious
- Pigeon pie
If the sentence “Volunteers must not engage in any other activities whatsoever” does actually mean a cessation of drug dealing, beatings
- A Caja Castilla la Mancha anecdote
Broadly illustrative of how we got where we are, with a joke at the end.