It’s less than two weeks until the Women’s World Cup kicks off in France and it’s safe to say we’re all getting a little bit excited in Scotland. Over 25,000 fans set to pack Hampden on Tuesday night for Scotland’s final warm-up game against Jamaica, which is on course to be the highest attended international friendly there for five years.
Google translate has absolutely no idea what the French version of “here we, here we, here we f*cking go” is, but World Cup fever has gripped the nation and here’s a few reasons why:
We’re in a major tournament
Not since 1998 has Scotland played in a World Cup – the biggest of footballing stages. Time and time again we’ve fallen short, often in spectacular style, so it’s a rare treat for the Tartan Army to be able to pack their bags full of Tennent’s and sun cream and head off to mingle with football’s elite.
We have England in the group
Let’s not beat around the bush. As a Scot, nothing is more appealing than the thought of getting it right up the English. Shelley Kerr’s squad have the chance to join the long list of Scottish legends. We’ve had a lot of recent sporting success in this department, with Scotland defeating the auld enemy in cricket, rugby and basketball to name a few.
It could have been even more if Stuart Armstrong had just punted it, but that’s another story. Not since 1314 have we been such underdogs but – like the Battle of Bannockburn before us – I believe we’ll get the job done. FREEDOM.
We have a talented squad
Over on the Men’s side, we have Liverpool’s Andy Robertson and not much else. On the Women’s side, the squad is littered with players from England’s elite sides. Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert has picked up several awards this season, including the Champion’s League goal of the season and Chelsea Women’s PotY.
It’s not just the English teams hoarding all our talent either – five of Kerr’s squad are playing regular European football with Scotland’s Glasgow City too.
It points to a bright future
The Scottish FA deserve massive credit for how they’ve grown the Women’s game in Scotland over the last decade or so. Having a team at the World Cup is only going to help increase awareness of the game and inspire the next generation.
Celtic announced plans to go full-time with their Women’s team too, showing further reasons for us Scots to be optimistic about our Women’s game.
We can watch it in the pub
It’s summer, not that that means much in Scotland, and the World Cup is in France. The time zone gods have been kind, meaning there’s no need to quit the day job just yet. A 5pm kick off in our opening game v England is perfect timing for the masses to charge from the office to the pub.
It’s no coincidence that the new Melon flavour of MD2020 has just arrived on our shelves either.
All things considered it’s an exciting time for football in Scotland. Steve Clarke’s arrival looks positive for the men, although he’s rightly said himself it’s all about the women’s team this Summer.
Shelley Kerr and her team are massive underdogs, but this is something we thrive on and for Scots, just being involved is a big enough success. Long may it continue.