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"Perhaps it would be better for [Slovakia] if you [Slovaks] stayed invisible. The only thing that saved your reputation [last weekend] was that you played good football and lost - a perfect combination."

Karen Henderson, British political analyst and author of a book on Slovakia entitled The Escape From Invisibility, evaluating the negative news coverage by the British media on the Euro 2004 qualifier match between England and Slovakia that took place in Bratislava on October 12.


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