Archive for May, 2012

USA 5 – 1 Scotland

Posted in Friendlies, Tartan Army with tags , on May 27, 2012 by Tartan Army Soldier

To quote a friend and fellow Scot, “Glad I didn’t stay up to watch USA v Scotland.”. As you no doubt know we lost 5-1. 5-1!!!

I missed it too. And am not ashamed to say it. Passed out at approximately 12.30, my body kicked in its harm-avoidence system and made sure I had no chance of suffering for the next 2 hours. The plan had been to find somewhere TV or online to watch the game. Failing that, I was going to Skype Beth, my fiance in the US, and have here turn on here telebox. Luckily that endurance was avoided.

You could argue I can’t judge, but I will. USA have in recent years been the better team. They’ve progressed further in World Cup than we ever have. Also, they have the very capable Jurgen Klinsmann coaching them. So, it’s fair to say the USA team were expected to win. But not 5-1!!!

I despair…

Tonight Scotland invades America

Posted in Friendlies, Tartan Army with tags , on May 26, 2012 by Tartan Army Soldier

By now the Tartan Army will be in Jacksonville in the USA.

As ever the plan will be to enjoy the benefits of the host city and see Scotland victorious on the football pitch. After savouring a few brews, engaging the locals (with some preference for the ladies) and marching to the stadium the evening will be set for some finest football. A Scottish victory, of course, is on the cards.

It’s going to be a tough match. The heat there is a killer. From those I know who live over there, it’s hitting between 25oC and 35oC, so it’s going to test the team’s fitness. And to be fair to the USA team they aren’t too shabby: frequently outranking us in the FIFA listings. It’ll be far from a pushover.

All said, it’ll be fun. I’m making sure I get back in time to watch it. I have no idea, yet, if it’s on TV or internet or anywhere, but I hope to find something. And if you know please let me, and everyone, know. Failing all, I’ll get Beth, my US girlfriend in America (she’s supporting Scotland, as she should) to keep me up to date.

Come on Scotland!

Scotland, Ireland and Wales consider bidding to host Euro 2020

Posted in Euro 2020 with tags , , on May 16, 2012 by Tartan Army Soldier

Scotland, Ireland and Wales have officially declared an interest in hosting Euro 2020. The ‘Celtic trio’ would share this on a three-way basis. It is undecided who would host which games, but there is common desire to hold the event.

Other countries hoping to host Euro 2020 are Georgia and Turkey. Both have expressed interest separately but neither is considered with much seriousness. Turkey FA is suffering a barrage of allegations of corruption and match-fixing. Meanwhile Georgia, who hoped Azerbaijan would join them in their ambitions, have a shortage of suitable stadiums.

Some are saying that the ‘Celtic trio’ could gather significant support. The idea of submitting a tri-national bid will ensure qualification for all three teams. This may be seen as an opportunity for smaller nations for qualify by similar means.

The bid has yet to be officially submitted. But if the three nations agree there is a good chance the Euros will be coming to Scotland in 2020.

More news at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18069127
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18079443