Scotland missed out on a place in the Euro 2012 play-offs after losing 3-1 to Spain in Alicante. The game followed Saturday’s 1-0 win over Liechtenstein where Craig Mackail-Smith grabbed the only goal of the game.
Anna Signeul’s women’s side kicked-off their Euro 2013 qualifying campaign in style with a convincing 6-1 victory away to Israel. Two goals from Kim Little, an own goal and one apiece from Jane Ross, Jennifer Beattie and Hayley Lauder was enough to see off the Israeli side in Wednesday morning’s match.
Scotland under-21s had two matches in four days starting with a 5-1 victory away to Luxembourg before a 2-2 draw at St Mirren Park to Austria. Jordan Rhodes was in fine form grabbing 5 of the 7 goals with Alex MacDonald and Paul Hanlon scoring the others.
Chief Executive & President
Stewart Regan took part in an exclusive Q&A with the Scottish FA reflecting on his first year in the role and the progress made by the Scotland national team under the stewardship of Craig Levein.
The President and Chief Executive also recently attended the 126th IFAB Annual Business Meeting which was held at the Royal Berkshire Hotel in England. Chaired by The Football Association’s General Secretary Alex Horne, representatives from the four British Football Associations and FIFA gathered to discuss the key agenda topics ahead of the Annual General Meeting next March.
Commercial & Communications
After a few days of teasers, Adidas formally revealed the new Scotland home kit on the day the men’s team locked horns with Spain. Also worth checking out is the excellent Adidas video with Allan McGregor, Darren Fletcher, Scott Brown and Charlie Adam explaining what playing for Scotland means to them.
Ahead of the Scotland under-21 game with Austria, Gregg Wylde and Ryan Jack joined youngsters in Paisley at a Street Football event to celebrate the success of the scheme this year. The event is one of almost 200 extra sessions this year, thanks to the support of Robert Wiseman Dairies.
Elsewhere, former Scotland and Celtic defender, and now Celtic under-19 coach, John Kennedy was unveiled as the first Scottish FA Youth Ambassador helping Tesco Bank Football Challenge Scotstoun leisure centre. The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a four-year community programme, currently in year two, run in partnership with the Scottish FA. The project introduces football to Primary 2 and Primary 3 children (six to eight years old) across Scotland to help get them engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle.