Dalrymple was pleased when Portugal won the European Cup. He writes:
I would have preferred it to be Liechtenstein or San Marino, or best of all Vatican City. But at least Portugal is not a large country.
He says that as a patriotic Englishman, he was
delighted when Iceland defeated England. Everyone likes an underdog.
anything that humiliates, crushes mentally, and causes misery to the beer-bellied, shaven-headed, and tattooed English football supporters is a blow for civilisation. If there are more unattractive people in the world than these supporters I do not know them. If we lived in a sensible world, such people would be on sight automatically denied entry to all foreign countries.