Skyline Drifter wrote:The fact we had a phenomenal record prior to this century doesn't really detract from the fact the record this century is good.
We are third seeds in this group. Spain and Czech Rep will be the agenda setters... ourselves and Lithuania can wriggle and bustle for concessions, but we won't be dictating what happens with the dates.
scottish wrote:Skyline Drifter wrote:The fact we had a phenomenal record prior to this century doesn't really detract from the fact the record this century is good.
But that’s the thing – I’d contend that it ISN’T a good record, certainly not when it comes to top opposition. Let’s ignore the Czechs and England by all means and look at this century, which was your starting point.
2002 World Cup – Home draws v top two in group, Belgium & Croatia. And one of those was against ten men after being two goals ahead. Bad results IMHO
2004 Euros – Home draw v Germans. Good result
Play-offs Home win over Holland. Great result. Pity about the return.
2006 World Cup – Draw v Italy. Good result. Defeats to Norway & Belarus - horrendous results, draw with Slovenia – poor result
2008 Euros Win v France – good result, defeat to Italy – predictable result, win v Ukraine – decent result.
2010 World Cup – defeat v Holland – poor result (they had little to play for), draw v Norway – poor result.
We’ve lost four home matches in the last three campaigns. That’s as many in four years as between 1954-1999
On another note entirely congratulations and best wishes for the forthcoming birth. If it's a boy you might be getting comps for Hampden in twenty or so years time.
scottish wrote:True, which is why I'd put Levein's comments about October starts as a slip of the tongue rather than deliberate intent. However I maintain that with 12 dates and eight matches we have more leeway than in previous campaigns. There is no good reason why we should end up in a similar situation as last season v Norway.
scottish wrote:On another note entirely congratulations and best wishes for the forthcoming birth. If it's a boy you might be getting comps for Hampden in twenty or so years time.
HibeeJibee wrote:First of all congratulations to Skyline and I hope mother & boy (and dad!!) are doing well. Who were last brothers to play for Scotland at same time?
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