The draw for the group stage of the Europa League has been made, with Arsenal and Manchester United representing the UK.
The Norwegian league is of course a summer league (I wouldn’t fancy playing in northern Norway in the winter) which gives any Norwegian club that makes it through to the knockout stage a certain difficulty.
As for Bodo Glimt, according to the notoriously inaccurate Wikipedia (at least as far as football history is concerned, as we’ve repeatedly tried to make Arsenal’s history more accurate on the site but the Inaccuracy Committee (Football) will have none of it and want their inaccuracies to remain) “After being promoted to the top flight ahead of the 2018 season, the club has experienced the greatest success in its history, winning the league twice in a row, reaching the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa Conference League and the Play-off round of the Champions League before dropping into the Europa League in the following season.”
Apparently, their supporters carry giant toothbrushes to matches. As for why, the Glasgow Times (obviously) carried the details:
“The oral hygiene tool [that is Scottish for tooth brush] became an emblem of “The Yellow Horde” during a North Second Division game at their Aspmyra Stadium in 1975 when one of their number was trying to start a chant.
Arnulf Bendixen grew frustrated at their lacklustre efforts so he asked around for a baton to conduct the singing – and a nearby fan passed him a toothbrush which he had in his pocket.
A representative of the toothbrush manufacturer Jordan was sitting in the stands at that match and he arranged for the supporters to receive several large yellow demonstration toothbrushes afterwards.
“It became a symbol for us supporters,” said Bendixen. “It helped us get in everywhere and when we were away it became very important.”
Jordan launched their Bodo/Glimt range of regular-sized toothbrushes back in 2009. They were initially only available in the club shop but were soon put on sale nationwide.
“We are very proud that the toothbrush has become such a strong symbol for Bodø/Glimt and that it has such a special place in history,” said Jordan representative Tom Pettersen.
So there we are. Maybe I could try and get a chant going by waving a fake £10 note, and then the Bank of England could see that and give me a real one. Or two.
Meanwhile Zurich are having greater problems.
Last season they won the league, and now they are bottom of the table, the manager has had a vote of confidence from the chairman, and they are scoring rarely despite having loads of expected goals, while conceding regularly while having very few expected goals against them. Probably by the time we play them, they’ll be sorted out.
But yes they really did win the league last season.
So there we are: three clubs to play home and away, just as we always used to do. Thursday nights will never be the same, although actually they will – the same as when we played in the Europa before.
And Sunday afternoons, with our Saturday games moved to Sundays. Which I quite enjoy because I like to go out on a saturday night for a dance.
PS What is the Norwegian for toothbrush?
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