"I had never heard of Sheriff Tiraspol before -- I thought they were from Northern Ireland. I only found out 20 minutes before we landed. I got told it was a country within Moldova. That was a new one for me, but it has improved my geography. I am very pleased to be here. I can tell my grandchildren that I played in a part of Moldova that isn't Moldova."
-- Tottenham's German
midfielder Lewis Holtby on playing Sheriff Tiraspol in a Europa League game that Hotspur won, 2-0, last week. Tiraspol is a self-proclaimed sovereign state within Moldova's borders.