“Football is coming home” has been the motto of British fans. eurocup And it will make even more sense this Friday, the 18th. England and Scotland They will take on each other in Group D of the Euro Cup starting at 4 pm at Wembley Stadium in London. The game that the English might be worth qualifying for is surrounded by a huge rivalry, one of the oldest in the sport, since the first duel between the fathers of professional football took place some 150 years ago.
Football has its roots in various cultural manifestations. Balls were already kicked in China around 2,500 BC and from the 16th century onwards, historical football, manufactured in Florence, Italy, fueled the popularity of foot games. However, the game as we know it today is by British authorship and has a history of The mid-nineteenth century is confused with the United Kingdom, where the Football Association, the English association, was founded on October 26, 1863, with it gaining ground in schools and universities until the sport became official, and its With the first unified rules of the game.
Nine years later, on 30 November 1872, Scotland and England played the first national team match in history, a 0–0 draw in front of over 4,000 fans at the West of Scotland Cricket Stadium in the town of Partick, Scotland. At that time the public paid 5 cents to enter. Today, taking into account inflation and conversion, the cost of admission will be Rs 40.
A century and a half ago, football was completely different from the one played by stars like Harry Kane and Andrew Robertson. From rules to strategy, a lot has changed. book excerpt Inverted Pyramid: The Strategic History of Football, Description of the first football match between national teams, by Jonathan Wilson: England’s lineup consisted of a ‘goal’, a ‘three-quarter defender’, a ‘middle defender’, a ‘flying kick’, four players who could only be called a ‘midfielder’ ‘ were called, two ‘left-handed’ and one ‘right-handed’; Which, applying the modern record, might sound like something closer to 1-2-7.”
Historians analyzing sources from that time claim that the idea of a confrontation between national teams has existed since 1870. Even before the official debut, there would have been five unofficial duets between England and Scotland, without synopsis or records. . Since the first valid match, the teams have faced each other 116 times with an astonishing balance: 50 wins for England, 41 for Scotland and 25 draws.
Between 1872 and 1989, at least one England v Scotland took place every spring, mostly for the British Home Cup, a tournament between delegations from the United Kingdom, which ended in 1984. Of these hundreds of matches, some are historical, such as the 5×1 Scottish application at Wembley in 1928.
The “English team” also implemented some passages as to the most elastic score of the confrontation: in 1961, England beat Scotland 9–3. One of the most notable matches in this history took place in 1967. of the World Cup and completed 19. Game without losing. However, the Scottish national team ended the party: a 3–2 victory at Wembley.
If the first game between them took place about 150 years ago, then political differences would have begun more than 700 years ago. In 1295, Scotland was facing instability and a dispute for the throne, and the crown was finally taken by the British. The Scots were independent until 1707, when, after pressure from economic sanctions by the English, the Treaty of Union politically united the Kingdom of Scotland with England.
Since then there has been a political debate. At the end of the 20th century, Scotland achieved greater governmental independence. However, the desire for “separation” is passed down from generation to generation and nowadays, it even extends to the popular vote. In 2014, won “no” to leave the UK. In 2020, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon signaled to the population that she would call for a second referendum on independence.
It is against this background that both the teams have entered the ground this afternoon. The “English team” enters as a favourite, as it has a promising generation and references in the world’s biggest leagues. For the Scottish side, victory is a sign of reaction. After losing the first game in a game against the Czech Republic, with plenty of wasted opportunities, scoring against the English would be a breakthrough for Liverpool’s Robertson-led side.
Check out potential enhancements:
England: Pickford, Walker, Stone, Mings, Shaw; Rice, Phillips, Mt; Sterling, Grealish and Ken.
Scotland: Marshall, Hendry, Hanley, Tierney; Forrest, McGinn, McTominay, McGregor, Robertson; Armstrong E Adams