Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Official History of scotland Football

Pride and Passion

 The Scottish FA was founded in 1873, and still retains a permanent seat on the law-making international board. Scotland was also the venue for the world's first international match on November 30 1872, when Scotland and England drew 0-0. The rivalry has continued ever since, sharpened by the fact that many of England's most successful club sides have contained or been managed by Scots: Bill Shankly at Liverpool, Matt Busby at Manchester United, Alex Ferguson also at United and George Graham at Arsenal, while the players include Hughie Gallacher (Newcastle), Alex James (Arsenal), Denis Law (Manchester United), Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool) and Billy Bremner (Leeds). This continual draining of talent would have withered many countries, but the Scottish League survives, thanks mainly to the two great Glasgow clubs, Celtic and Rangers. These two have dominated the domestic scene unlike any other country in Europe. Scottish club football was at its peak in the 1960s, with Celtic winning the European Cup in 1967 - the first British side to do so - and reaching the final again in 1970. The Glasgow monopoly was briefly threatened by Aberdeen (European Cup-Winners Cup winners in 1983) and Dundee United (UEFA finalists in 1987), but the Old Firm, with Celtic breaking Rangers' hold on the championship in 1998, still rule the roost. As for the national side, having entered the World Cup for the first time in 1950, qualified for the finals in 1970, 1974, 1978,1982,1986,1990 and 1998 - a remarkable record. They also reached the European finals in 1992 and 1996. Once in the finals, however, the Scots appear incapable of going beyond the first round. In seven World Cups they have always got the plane home after the opening stage. Under Craig Brown, Scotland ran out of luck even in the qualifying competitions - losing to England in a play-off for Euro 2000 and then falling short of a place in the World Cup finals two years later. Those failures prompted the revolutionary appointment of a foreigner as national coach in the German, Berti Vogts, although results were slow to improve.


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