Many major soccer nations won’t play sport with either country – bringing politics into sport, to use a catchcry currently popular in Australia.
Chinese Premier Chou En-lai made one of his rare departures from work to watch from the official box in the centre of the stand in a bid to make an occasion out of it.
The Prime Minister of the Cambodian Government in exile [Norodom Sihanouk] was there with such a bank of Chinese military and political officials as to force Australian Labor leader Mr [Gough] Whitlam three rows back in the VIP box.
Starved of international competition, neither side produced a very high standard of play.
A top Australian city side would have had little trouble whipping either.
The Albanian side, in fact, was not a full international team. It represented only a soccer-playing district in tiny Albania but brought to…