Archive for February, 2007

Scotland supporters’ ticket allocation decided for Italy v Scotland match. Price is 10 Euros!

Posted in Euro 2008 on February 25, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

More good news. The Italian FA have provided a substantial ticket allocation for the Tartan Army for the Euro 2008 qualifier on March 28.

The SFA has secured an allocation of 7,400 seats. The upper level of the San Nicola Stadium’s south stand has been given over to Scottish fans, and an extra section will be made available if required.

Even better is the price. For any Scots making the journey to southeast Italy, they will only need to shell out 10 Euros for their ticket. That’s outstanding! I paid three times that to see Lithuania!

Italy v Scotland kick-off time decided

Posted in Euro 2008 on February 23, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

The time of the kick-off for the Italy v Scotland game has been set. The match will start at 7:50pm Scottish time.

Unfortunately, I won’t be there. For anyone living in London, I’ll see you in the Roy Roy bar near Paddington station.

Bari stadium declared fit to host Italy v Scotland

Posted in Euro 2008 on February 17, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

Some good news. After some doubts the Italian FA have given the OK for the Bari stadium, Stadio San Nicola, to host the March 28 Italy v Scotland Euro 2008 qualifier.

San Nicola Stadium

This is a very welcome decision. In light of previous management upheavals, any uncertainty about matches had been most unwelcome. Also, with some 10,000 of us Scots having already booked flights and accommodation in Italy we also need to know where exactly we stood in this situation. Anyway, it’s all sorted out. Now we ‘just’ have to go there and win some points!

Scotland climb FIFA World Rankings to highest ever position

Posted in Euro 2008, FIFA on February 14, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

The FIFA World Rankings were updated this morning. And it looks good for Scotland, currently placed at 20th.

FIFA World Rankings

This is a massive improvement compared to recent years. It was only a year ago that Scottish football was languishing at a depressing position 62 and two since we were as low as 88. However, much has changed. Good results in Euro 2008 including the recent victory against the French have helped us climb five places in the past four months. Just reward for the team’s efforts I think.

Well done guys. Keep up the good work.

Gordon Brown backs World Cup England 2018. Alex Salmond critical of “ridiculous” Chancellor.

Posted in England on February 14, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

There was an interesting development the other day – Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, publicly expressed his support for England to host World Cup 2018. This has caused a wee bit of a fuss. Alex Salmond of the SNP is up in arms saying that Brown is only making himself look “ridiculous in Scotland and insincere in England”.

In all fairness I don’t think England holding the World Cup in 2018 is a bad thing. It’s just down the road for us, so more of us can get time off work and get to the games without too much hassle and expense.

As for Salmond’s claim that “he said that Paul Gascoigne’s goal against Scotland in Euro 96 was his favourite football moment”, I don’t remember that. But if he did, he is a complete eejit! Anyway I don’t care too much what these fookin politicians say.

As long as we don’t have a repeat of 1966, am ok with the World Cup being in England. When was the last time the host team won anyway? And, let’s not forget that Scotland have won at Wembley 🙂

Confusion over Bari threatens Italy v Scotland match

Posted in Euro 2008 on February 11, 2007 by Tartan Army Soldier

The venue for the Scotland v Italy match is in doubt. The confusion stems from new safety measures recently introduced after rival fans clashed in Sicily and a police officer died, having been struck by an object.

Six stadiums are currently admitting fans – Rome (Olympic Stadium), Genoa, Siena, Cagliari, Palermo and Turin. So the match should go ahead regardless. But where? The Italians seems to want the match held at Bari. As David Taylor reported “There’s work to be done at Bari stadium, they are aware of that but think they can complete that before the game.”

Is this good enough? I think not. With the Tartan Army looking to book flights and accommodation in Italy this lack of certainty is doing noone any favours. I vote the match be moved to Rome.