Saturday, June 19, 2021

Gutsy Scotland Holds Off England at Euro 2020

I don’t follow Euro 2020 – but yesterday’s match sparked my interest because Scotland was pitted against the Auld Enemy. And both teams battled it out to end in a stalemate. 

It was only the fourth time in 115 editions of the world's oldest football rivalry dating back to 1872 that a game ended goalless and the first time ever at Wembley. 

England managed only one shot on target. Indeed, they did not deserve victory – but admittedly, they are still in a very healthy position going into their final game. 

Both teams are in Group D and they are scheduled to play to a conclusion on Tuesday. England who are level on four points with the Czech Republic who they will face at Wembley, and Scotland and Croatia, who each have one point, meet at Hampden Park. 

And I read that thousands of Scotland fans were in London ahead of their Euro 2020 match with England. Videos of the Tartan Army belting out Yes Sir, I Can Boogie on the streets of the English capital soon sprang up all over social media – becoming the unofficial Scotland Euro 2021 song! 

It started when a video of ecstatic players dancing to the tune went viral after Scotland clinched qualification for the tournament by defeating Serbia on penalties in November. 

FYI, the song by Spanish duo Baccara spent a single week at the top of the UK charts, way back in 1977. Here’s the original song:

 

And the Tartan Army with their renditions:

Last year it got a fresh lease of life when it was used by the "Keeping the Ball on the Ground" podcast as a tribute to defender Andrew Considine. 

The Aberdeen cult hero – who was called up to the Scotland team for the first time last year at the age of 33 – famously starred in a spoof video of the song on his stag do. The player was unrecognizable as he dressed in drag to strut his stuff to the tune alongside friends and his father, with the professionally-produced video being played on his wedding day in 2015. 

Considine was an unused substitute for the historic match with Serbia, which saw the Scottish men's team dramatically end more than 20 years of hurt by clinching a place at the European Championships. 

But a video tweeted by the Scotland National Team after the game showed him in the thick of the action as he boogie-woogied with team mates including Kieran Tierney, Scott McTominay, Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor. 

The video immediately caught the imagination of the Tartan Army, with jubilant fans starting a campaign to get the song back to Number One in the charts. 

The boogieing began in earnest once more as Euro 2020 got under way, with the 12,000 fans who were allowed to be inside Hampden belting out the song ahead of Scotland's opening match with the Czech Republic. 

The game – Scotland's first in a major tournament for 23 years – ended in a 2-0 defeat. Still, the result didn't appear to have dampened spirits too much ahead of the eagerly awaited clash with England at Wembley. 

The tune took off lickety-split as videos of fans who made their way south for the match, sang the song on planes and trains as they racked up hundreds of thousands of views on social media. 

And of course, the gutsy Scotland side held England 0-0 in this 'Battle of Britain'.

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