Scotland National Football Team

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 19: Javier Mascherano of Argentina battles with Barry Ferguson of Scotland during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Argentina at Hampden Park on November 19, 2008 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Scotland National Football Overview

The Scotland National Football Team’s nickname is the Tartan Army. The current head coach is George Burley and the assistant coach is Terry Butcher. The team captain is Stephen McManus. In March 2009 they were ranked 28th in the world according to FIFA. Their highest ever FIFA ranking was 13th in the world, which they attained in October 2007.

The Scotland National Football Team’s home stadium is Hampden Park in Glasgow, which has a crowd capacity of 52 000. Hampden Park is one of only two Scottish football stadiums to attain the UEFA five star rating (the other is Ibrox Stadium).

The Scotland National Football Team’s strip is a traditionally dark blue shirt, with white shorts and dark blue socks. Their biggest victory score is 11-0 against Ireland, while their biggest loss was to Uruguay by 7-0.

Scotland National Football Team Players

The leading scorer for the Scotland National Football Team is jointly held by two players; legends Denis Law and Kenny Dalglish (click here for more information about Kenny Dalglish). Kenny Dalglish also holds the record for the most appearances for Scotland. He was ‘capped’ 102 times by Scotland. No other player has come close to reaching the magical 100 appearances mark. The next closest to the 100 mark is goalkeeper Jim Leighton, who played 91 times for Scotland, which is also a goalkeeping record number of appearances for Scotland.

Scotland National Football Team History

The first international played by the national team was on 30th November 1872 against their oldest traditional foe, England. The Scotland National Football Team has appeared in eight World Cups and two European Championships. On all occasions they have never progressed beyond the first round.

Up until November 2008, Scotland National Football Team have played 110 matches against their longstanding rivals, England. England has won 45, Scotland has had 41 victories and there have been 24 drawn games. You’re not likely to find a closer rivalry in international football than this.

One (or you could call it two if you like) of Scotland National Football Team’s best results was in their qualifying group for UEFA Euro 2008. They twice defeated the 2006 Football World Cup runner’s up, France. Both matches ended with a 1-0 score line in favour of Scotland.

Ironically, another of the Scotland National Football Team’s most noteworthy successes came in 1967 against the 1966 World Cup champions, England. They played and defeated England 3-2 at Wembley stadium. After this victory, the Scottish fans cheekily called their team the ‘unofficial’ world champions.