Archive for June, 2008

Scotland v Northern Ireland tickets to go on sale July 1

Posted in Friendlies, World Cup 2010 with tags , on June 27, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

The SFA have announced that tickets for the Scotland v Northern Ireland friendly are to be made available to Scotland Supporters Club members from July 1. The Tennent’s International Challenge Match, at Hampden on August 20, will be the last Scotland game before the World Cup qualifiers. Tickets will cost £15 and £20.

I don’t know if I’ll be there. August is going to be a bonkers month. However I hope to get back to Scotland for the match. Failing that, I’ll be off to the Rob Roy near Paddington. Hopefully it’ll be a good result before we all fly to Macedonia.

Holland beaten 3-1 by Russia in Euro 2008. Good result for Scotland?

Posted in Euro 2008, Uncategorized, World Cup 2010 with tags , on June 22, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

Holland were looking unstoppable. Winning their way to the Euro 2008 quarter finals in ultimate style, it seemed they were the team most likely lift trophy on June 29. Russia, however, had other ideas. Winning 3-1 in extra time the Russians have ejected the Dutch and progressed to the semi-finals. Unfortunately for Holland, but possibly good for Scotland.

Could this upset give Scotland an edge in the World Cup 2010 qualifiers? Not to underestimate the Holland side, but going up against the Euro 2008 quarter finalists will be a lot less daunting than had the Dutch progressed further.

Holland demolish France in 4-1 Euro 2008 spectacular

Posted in Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 with tags , on June 14, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

Can anyone stop the Dutch. Group C was always going to be of interest to Scotland fans – including past opponents France and Italy and future World Cup 2010 nemesis Holland. Yesterday was Holland v France. Holland’s display was outstanding!

The Dutch always play well. However it already looks like they could be top favourites to take home trophy. After only 9 minutes they were ahead of the French. And it never looked like they were going to lose. Even when Henry beat Van der Sar the Dutch were back all over France and punching home another goal within the next minute.

I’m supporting the Dutch, but I’m beginning to hope they show some weakness that the Scotland squald can explot in the future. Otherwise, we’re going to need to sort out some miracle to stop Van Basten’s men.

Holland 3-0 Italy – Scotland’s past and future opposition clash in Euro 2008

Posted in Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 with tags , , , on June 10, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

I’ve not long finished watching the Holland v Italy game. And what a corker it was – total quality football.

I have to admit I was rooting for the Dutch. After the questionable defeat of Scotland at Hampden last November I have not been a huge fan of the Italian team. Watching them go down 3-0 was somewhat pleasing. More interesting perhaps (and worrying) was that the Dutch played so well.

Dutch fans

The Dutch are Scotland’s biggest threat for World Cup 2010 qualification. And after last night’s performance we really need to be wary of them. Having beat France in Paris, we are not about surrender before the occasion, but the Scotland squad really have their work cut out.

Meanwhile, I will be backing the Marco van Basten’s men to win. ‘On the Dutch!