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    It's funny how every football match seems to hold a certain historical bagage... France v England, England v Germany, Spain v Portugal, England v any other UK football team.

    Well tonight, England will be playing against their oldest allies.

    The Anglo-Portuguese alliance is the oldest ever in the world. England defended Portugal against a Spanish invasion, participated in the war to get rid of Napoleon. Britain and Portugal have had a Treaty of Alliance since 1373 when the English fought alongside the Portuguese against Spain. The two nations signed the Treaty of Windsor in May 1386 formally confirming the alliance which has been the cornerstone of their bilateral foreign policy for more than 600 years.Quite an interesting fact, I find.
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    so really they owe us at least a win in a football match for helping them out back then - its just the gracious thing to do
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    (Original post by Cossack)
    so really they owe us at least a win in a football match for helping them out back then - its just the gracious thing to do
    Well they are a smaller country. But they helped us out a few times too. When France was asking them to close their ports to British merchants, they showed them the two fingers.
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    (Original post by SamTheMan)
    Well they are a smaller country. But they helped us out a few times too. When France was asking them to close their ports to British merchants, they showed them the two fingers.
    The two fish fingers?!
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    (Original post by Amb1)
    The two fish fingers?!
    chortle chortle chortle
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    (Original post by SamTheMan)

    The Anglo-Portuguese alliance is the oldest ever in the world.
    *******s, its soundly beaten by Scotland - France.

    (Original post by SamTheMan)
    Britain and Portugal have had a Treaty of Alliance since 1373 when the English fought alongside the Portuguese against Spain. The two nations signed the Treaty of Windsor in May 1386 formally confirming the alliance which has been the cornerstone of their bilateral foreign policy for more than 600 years.Quite an interesting fact, I find.
    Nonsense, Britain didnt even exist as a political entity at this time.
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    we've allied with most of the european countries at some time or other. france during the world wars, germany during the napoleanic wars etc - i don't see them giving us any help when it comes to sport...
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    (Original post by 4Ed)
    we've allied with most of the european countries at some time or other. france during the world wars, germany during the napoleanic wars etc - i don't see them giving us any help when it comes to sport...
    His point is that the Anglo - Portugese alliance has remained unbroken since it was created and is thus the oldest surviving English alliance.
 
 
 
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