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  1. Daz1982

    If Croatia can do it, so can we.

    During Italia 90 there was already a lot of unrest regarding the upcoming war, some players were left at home and I'm sure the manager at the time received death threats. All things considered they done remarkably well to reach the quarter finals. In addition to this they had a man sent off after 30 mins against Argentina. Went on to comfortably qualify for Euro 92 before being withdrawn from the tournament, the rest is history. However, back to the topic. Yes, if Croatia can reach the latter stages of a major tournament there is absolutely no reason why we can't. The mind-set in this country will have to change first, the aim at the very least should be to WIN a tournament, otherwise we are simply wasting our time. Whether we ever WIN a tournament is another matter, but it should at the very least be our ambition to do so.
  2. Completely agree with this, I think we would become less ‘interested’ in the fortunes of England if we had our own broadcasts, although they would remain a rival who we could still never ‘support.’ However, things will not change until we are an independent nation with our own identity. Post independence I genuinely believe that the self confidence of our entire country will improve drastically within a generation. In turn we will be more focussed on the fortunes of our own national team and it’s success.
  3. Daz1982

    Toulon Tournament

    The population argument does not wash we with, it's a typical Scottish (we're too wee) excuse for failure imo. Football is our national sport and therefore we should be aiming to compete at the very highest level. Croatia for example have a population of just over 4 million, they enter tournaments with an expectation not just to 'compete' but to challenge and progress to the latter stages. The only difference between ourselves and England (for example) should be that at any given time they might have 10 quality forwards to pick from whereas as we would maybe have 2 or 3. Granted, the population argument is more relevant when considering age brackets. However there it is no excuse for the senior team. There is no doubt that is more difficult for a smaller nation to succeed but it is not impossible, New Zealand prove this in Rugby Union.
  4. Daz1982

    The final World Cup game at Hampden?

    Exactly, why are we accepting second best yet again!? The renovation of Wembley cost nearly 1 Billion pounds!!!! Surely Hampden can be kept as is or upgraded for a fraction of that cost. Absolute disgrace if we lose our national stadium because of a lack of funds!
  5. Daz1982

    North Stand Ticket x 1 Available

    Ticket now sold
  6. Hi there My brother can no longer make game, therefore I have a ticket for North Stand, D4 available. £40 (face value).
  7. Daz1982

    Last 4 matches

    My point is that if you do not aim to be the very best then what is the point? Aim for 2nd, 3rd, 4th best and that's what you'll get. Go through every nation in Europe and consider their best ever run in a tournament, think we are undoubtedly the biggest underachievers. All the home nations have progressed further and here's some more....... Bulgaria, Semis WC 94 Sweden, Semis EC 92 and WC 94 Iceland, QF EC 2016 Turkey, SF WC 2002 .........and yet we think that it's somehow impossible! Why?
  8. Daz1982

    Last 4 matches

    I agree with this, it's deep-rooted in our psyche. The minute the group was drawn, we were aiming for second place, pathetic stuff really. Our recent match against England was a fairly even contest in my opinion yet our national manager comes out after the game and says, 'it was like watching a faitherweight box a heavyweight.' Anybody who did not see the game would think we were absolutely battered from start to finish. Our population is over 5 milion, our national sport is football, therefore our ambition should be to win either the Euros or World Cup, why not?
  9. Daz1982

    Six Nations

    Yes that was him, not surprising that he's a downtrodden no voter. Scotland were mentally weak yesterday, beaten before the game even started.
  10. Not a bad way to think about it! That's me booked up for it, training starts next week!!
  11. Haha, I totally agree, but would like to do it once too!
  12. Hi there It has been on my to-do list for a few years now, so thinking of running a marathon this year before I get too old to run a decent time. Been looking at the Perthshire and Fort William runs later this year. Thing that puts me off the Perthshire one is that it's a half marathon course that you run round twice, think I'd struggle with that psychologically. Fort William run mentions various terrain, don't want to be running through forests and mud tracks. Think I will have to pick one of them though as this will fit into a 16 week training plan which I aim to complete prior to the race. Any advice / tips would be greatly appreciated.
  13. To be honest, what is the point in merely qualifying unless the aim is to win it outright!
  14. Surely the North and South American countries now have to be grouped together. Mexico and USA already effectively have a bye to qualify for each tournament. New Zealand also together with every other country in Oceania should also by lumped into the Asian qualifying section. World qualifying groups would resolve the issue although that would be extremely difficult and would mean the entire football calendar would have to be synchronized.
  15. It goes without saying that all Scotland games matter to us all. However, surely at some point you actually want to follow a winning team and witness some success? If it's just a carry on and a few pints and laughs you're after, you can do that any weekend.