Over the recent history of football, a large amount of time and effort has been wasted playing needless competitions. These tournaments typically involve too few teams to generate any suspense (as in the Rous Cup, which had three); or come at a time of the year when nobody can raise any interest (like the pre-season Makita Trophy); or pose as ‘international club competitions’ but really consist of thirty-nine matches between English clubs, and then eventually one of them gets to play Brescia (the Anglo-Italian Cup).

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