Archive for July, 2008

Macedonia v Scotland ticket allocation

Posted in Tartan Army, Tartan Army Abroad, World Cup 2010 with tags , , , on July 27, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

Bad news for anyone hoping to attend the Macedonia v Scotland match in September – the Tartan Army have been awarded a meagre 1000 tickets. Because of this the SFA have decided to offer tickets only to fans who have accumulated 5 points. This pretty much rules me out, and all my friends. So, anyone know a good pub in Skopje where we can watch the game?

Scotland v Argentina called off. Now Scotland v Spain?

Posted in Friendlies, Scotland Squad, Tartan Army with tags , , , , on July 16, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland won’t be playing Argentina this year. After Scotland fans expressed theier views on the TAMB, the SFA have decided the hike in ticket prices (up to £50?) will be sufficiently unwelcome to make it unfeasible to hold the match.

So what now?? One of my pals said “Maybe we could play England”. Unfortunately that can’t happen as England will be facing Germany that night. It was also mentioned that Spain are available. How true that is I can’t say, but it would make for an interesting match. The Spanish are currently ranked number one in the world, so the Scotland team would be gaining from exposure to superior opposition, probably without the fans paying through the nose for the pleasure.

SFA discussing Scotland v Argentina friendly

Posted in Friendlies with tags , , , on July 9, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

The possibility of a Scotland friendly against Argentina is back on the cards. The SFA are reported to be discussing the possibility with their Argentine counterparts. The plan is for a match at Hampden later this year.

Whether or not the match takes place is anyone’s guess. The SFA are keen to take advantage of a free international date in November for the fixture. However a previous attempt to arrange such a match failed earlier this year. The main stumbling block is money. Argentina demand a hefty appearance fee, while fans have expressed a reluctance to pay for excessively priced match tickets.

It’s a tough one. I also am reluctant to pay too much money. However, the chance to see Scotland go up against the likes of Argentina is something I would consider paying extra to see. I guess what matters is just how much more I (and everyone else) is willing to pay. £30 sounds about right to me. Plus, considering the occasion, I am sure the marketing team at SFA central to drum up some extra sponsorship money to push it all through. If the SFA show they aren’t just relying on the fans to pay the extra cash I am sure we will all feel a bit more generous. It would be worth it.

FIFA Rankings – Scotland squad within one place of England

Posted in England, FIFA, Friendlies, Scotland Squad with tags , , on July 4, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

The new FIFA rankings came out earlier this week. Good news for Scotland. And not-so-good news for England. Scotland are now ranked 16th, up one place from last month’s 17th position. More interestingly though is that the England team is now only one place ahead of Scotland. With Scotland facing Northern Ireland and England going up against the Czech Republic on August 20, who comes out ahead as the top-ranked British team is anyone’s guess.

My money is on Scotland. I reckon we can get the better Northern Ireland and predict a draw at Wembley. That should be enough to push past England.

FIFA Rankings

FIFA Rankings