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A couple of English and a couple of Italian teams met in soporific matches at Wembley to get their pre-season signings injured in time for the season proper. It always ended up being Arsenal against Sampdoria. There was no point to this, and they put a stop to it. However, the spectre of the four-team ‘pre-season tournament’ continues to loom every couple of years. A spokesman for Umbro, who sponsored one in 2005, said: ‘we think this is a great opportunity for fans to warm up for the season, and we’re not discouraged by the fact that everyone alive hates this sort of shit.’
 
A couple of English and a couple of Italian teams met in soporific matches at Wembley to get their pre-season signings injured in time for the season proper. It always ended up being Arsenal against Sampdoria. There was no point to this, and they put a stop to it. However, the spectre of the four-team ‘pre-season tournament’ continues to loom every couple of years. A spokesman for Umbro, who sponsored one in 2005, said: ‘we think this is a great opportunity for fans to warm up for the season, and we’re not discouraged by the fact that everyone alive hates this sort of shit.’
   
 
'''Intertoto Cup:''' This idiotic affair gives teams the chance to qualify for European football despite having finished no higher than 19th in the third tier of their domestic pyramid. In common with all truly shit tournaments, these days there is not really a winner; instead, a labyrinthine format sees 2,450 teams compete in the first nine rounds, then qualify for eleven groups of thirteen teams each, twenty-two-and-a-half of whom get into the UEFA Cup (see below).
'''Intertoto Cup:'''
 
{{main|Intertoto Cup}}
 
This idiotic affair gives teams the chance to qualify for European football despite having finished no higher than 19th in the third tier of their domestic pyramid. In common with all truly shit tournaments, these days there is not really a winner; instead, a labyrinthine format sees 2,450 teams compete in the first nine rounds, then qualify for eleven groups of thirteen teams each, twenty-two-and-a-half of whom get into the UEFA Cup (see below).
 
   
 
'''UEFA Cup/Europa League:'''
 
'''UEFA Cup/Europa League:'''

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