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Team GB ‘historic agreement’ – non-English FAs not impressed

Posted in England, FIFA with tags , , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by Tartan Army Soldier

The British Olympic Association (BOA) recently reported an ‘historic agreement’ with the English FA. The result of this is that there will be a Team GB taking part in the London 2012 Olympics. Not surprisingly, the SFA and counterparts in Wales and Northern Ireland are, to put it mildly, somewhat upset.

To be honest it all seems a bit of a nonsense. From what I understand, the agreement will allow English players to take part in Team GB during the forthcoming 2012 Olympics. The SFA and FAs in Wales and Northerm Ireland are, as expected, not happy. Each opposes a Team GB. The prospect of anything that would dilute the independence of the separate national teams is never going to go down well. And, despite FIFA promises of the contrary, they see Sepp Blatter and co. using this as an opportunity to push for a permanent UK team. Noone outside of England will tolerate such a move, so opposition is intense.

I’m as against Team GB as anyone. However I think the furore may be irrelevant and too little too late. The FA state that their counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have stated that they are not going to prevent players from joining Team GB. So, does any of the recent controversy really matter? If all British players are free to play for a UK Olympic team why does there need to be any ‘historic agreement’? What purpose does it have? And the three other football associations seem to have put themseleves in a position where they can do nothing to prevent non-English paticipation.

I think the other home nations are to blame more than anyone. They seem to be making a fuss about a situation that their past weakness has made unavoidable. They are in no plaace to stop Team GB and are shouting loudly to appear they appear to be without guilt. I’m happy to criticise the FA and BOA when they deserve it. However, I think at least some of the blame lies closer to home.

Scotland v Denmark – 10th August

Posted in FIFA with tags , , on April 6, 2011 by Tartan Army Soldier

The SFA recently reported that they have organised a Scotland v Denmark friendly for 10th August this year.

This challenge match will precede the Euro 2012 home double-header against Czech Republic and Lithuania, on the 3rd and 6th September. It is hoped that it will provide the players with the necessary preparation to face these two matches and achieve the necessary points.

FIFA say no to World Cup England 2018

Posted in England, FIFA, World Cup on December 3, 2010 by Tartan Army Soldier

England won’t be hosting World Cup 2018. FIFA have instead selected Russia to organise this event.

England presented what they believed to be a winning bid to FIFA. Being the ‘home of football’, having all the required stadiums and facilities and a solid financial plan, they were optimistic that the World Cup finals 2018 were destined for English shores. FIFA, however had other plans.

Beckham delivers 2018 World Cup bid

Posted in England, FIFA, World Cup on May 14, 2010 by Tartan Army Soldier

England have submitted an application to host World Cup 2018. As reported by the BBC, David Beckham has delivered England FA’s bid to FIFA chief Sepp Blatter. And with Blatter describing England as “the motherland of football” it may be that England are already lined up to host the event.

So what does it mean for Scotland fans? On one hand if England win we’ll never hear the end of it. The constant media gloating will be even worse than the 1966 droning. However if they fail to win the pundits will be shut up for a while. And, with it being a while since a home team won the world cup the odds are against England.

I’m in favour of England’s bid. With most venues being in easy travelling distance there will be no need to scramble about for flights, accommodation, etc, all of which I will appreciate greatly.

I just hope the Scotland team are up to qualifying.

World Cup tickets now available

Posted in FIFA, World Cup 2010 with tags , on February 21, 2009 by Tartan Army Soldier

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The first batch of tickets for World Cup 2010 are now on sale. FIFA are offering an initial 743,965 tickets to be allocated by ballot on 15 Arpil. Applicants will be able to apply throught the FIFA website, fifa.com until 31 March. Ticket prices range from £55 to £627 and fans can apply for up to four tickets each per match for up to seven matches.

This is the first of five sale period. Tickets will next be available between 4 May and 16 November.

England submit bid for World Cup 2018

Posted in England, FIFA with tags on January 27, 2009 by Tartan Army Soldier

They’ve being talking about it for yonks now. At last, but not surprisingly, the English FA have submitted a bid to host World Cup 2018.

Sure, I know what many will be thinking. If England are chosen it’ll be a perfect excuse for media-inspired small-mindedness and expectation on the part of the English – 52 years of hurt, blah blah…, football’s coming home, and England expects. Sure, that will be a pain. But, more than usual? I’m not convinced. And it wouldn’t be all bad.

Having the venues nearby will make going to the matches easier. No 12 hours on a flight, to a country of questionable safety. Just nip down the road, watch Scotland win, maybe stay over after all the boozing, and come home the day after. Brilliant. I’m all for the England bid.

Plus, it’s been ages since a host team won the World Cup.  Long may that continue;)

Norway v Scotland rescheduled – the plans begin

Posted in FIFA, Tartan Army Abroad, UEFA, Uncategorized, World Cup 2010 with tags , on December 8, 2008 by Tartan Army Soldier

I just got back from my hoidays to find that the Norway v Scotland game has been rescheduled to 19 August instead of the original 12 August. Because of Champions League dates, UEFA made a request to FIFA to move the date forward. They were happy to agree.

Apparently the SFA made ‘repeated attempts’ to have the date changed to Ocrtober, after the start of the SPL season. As seems to be usual, the SFA was “disaapointed”.

Anyway, now we can start making plans. We have flights to Oslo in mind and are hoping to book some accommodation for 4 days. Oslo is meant to be expensive for beers, so if anyone knows of some cheap venues, we have would welcome a reply.