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  The Scottish Football Association 

Coach: Craig BROWN.

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vs. BRAZIL

10.06.98 Saint-Denis

vs. NORWAY

16.06.98 Bordeaux

vs. MOROCCO

23.06.98 Saint-Etienne

Team Colors: Dark Blue shirt, White pants

2nd. uniform: Gold Shirt, Dark Blue pants

Confederation: UEFA

Eighth World Cup appearance

Twice appeared in the European championships (1992, '96)

Key players: G Andy Goram (Glasgow Rangers),

F Kevin Gallacher (Blackburn, England),

M John Collins (Monaco).

F Gordon Drurie

Gordon Drurie

Keep an Eye on: Kevin Gallacher: Has become the regular scorer his country has craved. Leading scorer in 1998 qualification with 6.

Paul Lambert: Scotland can hardly do without him. A wise defensive midfield player.

Colin Hendry: After such vibrant displays in defense, he is just going to have to put up with the Braveheart headlines.

Analysis: Perpetual qualifiers who have never progressed past the first round. Problems up and down the field. Gallacher has provided spark in recent games. Ally McCoist is another scoring threat.

Scotland's prospects will depend on displaying discipline and conviction against Norway and Morocco. Diligence, however, will probably prove inadequate when facing Brazil in the opening game.

History: The former Kingdom of Scotland has been united with England since 1707, but an unbroken tradition of independence still exists. The separation of the four British soccer associations has continued because of this historical precedent. Thus the first meeting of representative English and Scottish teams in 1870 is regarded as the birth of international soccer. Scotland dominated England during the 1870s and 1880s.

The two great Glasgow clubs, Celtic and Rangers are world famous. Both are perennial contenders in international club championships. Scots are responsible for introducing many rules of the then newly formed "association football" and were influential in Irish soccer beginnings and had a hand in introducing soccer into Canada and the United States.

Although a regular qualifier for the major tournaments, Scotland have never managed to get beyond the first round when it came to the World Cup finals. However, coach Craig Brown is determined to put an end to their miserable record next June in France. In the past Scotland, despite its failure, has never lacked talent. In 1978 the team boasted the presence of Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Joe Jordan. But, living up to its reputation for inconsistency, Scotland returned home from Argentina after having managed to lose to Iran, and having the game turned upside down by Perú, but beating Holland.

In Euro '96, Scotland's quarter-final hopes vanished when Holland scored a late consolation goal against England. During qualifying for the 1998 World Cup, Scotland, with the duo of Colin Hendry and Colin Calderwood, have looked more organized and solid in defense than in previous campaigns. Conceeding only nine goals in 24 matches has proved the strength of their defense.

Competing against Austria and Sweden in their group, Scotland, though never dazzling, kept their errors to a minimum, only being beaten once - 2-1 by Sweden. In attack, goals were hard to come by -- the same problem they faced in Euro '96. But with the talent of Kevin Gallacher up front, Scotland are hoping things will improve for France 98.

Scotland seized their place only as the best of the runners-up in the European groups, but their reputation within their own country has soared. After years of receiving only dutiful praise as a disciplined side, there is a resurgence of excitement. There was a public outcry when the match with Latvia was originally scheduled for Easter Road and it had to be moved to Celtic Park, with its capacity of 50,000. Some of the interest may stem from the inadequacy of the Old Firm in European competition, but Scotland are more than mere surrogates.

Craig Brown, the manager, is painstaking in preparation, identifying the key figure in the opposition and devising the means to nullify him, yet the games have become more than exercises in strategy. Home victories over Sweden and Austria were cathartic moments for a nation that had been afraid to risk put its emotions in the hands of its team.  

The Scotland side has become more appealing as the fluency of its style has grown. Although Brown prizes stability, quiet and important changes are regularly made and, with the addition of Christian Dailly, play comes out of central defense more smoothly. They continue to be well-served in the center of midfield, where experienced figures, such as Gary McAllister, remain and newcomers, such as David Hopkin, press for conclusion.

Home Shirt

Away Shirt

POSITION NAME AGE CAPS

G Andy Goram 33 54

G Jim Leighton 39 83

G Neil Sullivan 27 2

D Tom Boyd 31 50

D Colin Calderwood 32 23

D Christian Dailly 24 6

D Matt Elliott 29 1

D Colin Hendry 31 28

D Tosh McKinlay 32 19

D David Weir 27 3

M Craig Burley 26 23

M John Collins 29 18

M Scot Gemmill 26 11

M David Hopkin 27 4

M Paul Lambert 28 9

M Gary McAllister 32 56

M Stuart McCall 33 39

M Billy McKinlay 28 22

M Jackie McNamara 24 4

F Billy Dodds 28 4

F Simon Donnelly 22 4

F Gordon Durie 31 38

F Kevin Gallacher 33 8

F Darren Jackson 31 17

F Ally McCoist 35 59  

F John McGinlay 33 33

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