I watched the Champions League quarter finals on the big screen at the Sheraton. As expected, most of the crowd were cheering for Milan in their games against Lyon. Unexpectedly, most of the crowd were cheering for Arsenal against Juventus.Why is this so? Are Albanians particularly hostile to Juventus? Or are they particularly fond of Arsenal? Is the English Premiership more popular than Serie A? Or - my best guess - was I in a room full of Milan supporters?Meanwhile, it has been some time since I updated you on the coaching situation at Dinamo. Ivan Katalinić had been in charge last time I commented, but he was sacked after the team lost to Partizan and was replaced by non-other than Luka Bonačić.This was the man who resigned earlier in the season saying 'The team has no discipline. There is no work ethic in this team and in Albanian football as well. Without that it is impossible to work and in such work conditions there is no chance to achieve your objectives.' When re-appointed he said 'I never left Dinamo, I am still under contract.' So that's clear then.As for the team, you may recall his views following his previous appointment: 'The players are completely out of shape, They go looking for water as soon as they move a little. They have to do some serious running in the next few weeks.' On his re-appointment he commented: 'Dinamo are not as strong as they were, but we can still pull it off.' So that's cleared that up too.He lasted precisely ten days before accepting an offer from Hajduk Split, a team he had previously coached in the 1990s. Vasil Bici then took over as coach (again) for a few weeks until Dinamo appointed Sulejman Demollari. He lasted two games before being sacked. Who's coaching Dinamo right now? Damned if I know.On the pitch Dinamo are clinging to their fourth spot and making no impact on the top three. This weekend three games were marked by violence. The game between Besa and Partizani had to be abandoned for a period because of crowd trouble, while match officials were attacked by players at the games between Shkumbini-Partizani and Skënderbeu-Teuta.
Le Monde Diplomatique has been musing in its very French way about The Dream of a Greater Albania . The reliably vitriolic AA Gill is reliably vitriolic about Albania in the Sunday Times . Sensitive Albanians might want to give this one a miss. The Guardian carries an obituary of Gramoz Pashko.