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Dundee - United Behind the National Team
The latest film focuses on the local rivals that come together to support the Scotland men’s return to the big stage for the first time in 23 years. Episode 5 travels to Dundee, where presenter Chris McQueer meets fans of the two closest professional football grounds in the UK - Dundee FC and Dundee United – separated by just 320 metres.
Even though the rivalry is friendly, both sets of fans admit that ‘the intensity is there for the 90 minutes, but afterwards we have a laugh about it’. Talking about putting the competition aside to back Scotland in the UEFA EURO 2020, everyone was clear that the most important was ‘coming together to support the team’.
Commenting on Scotland’s chances, the unanimous feeling was that the boys ‘would do really well’ and that the ‘young players will bring energy’ to the team.
“Football supporters are a passionate bunch and it is no surprise to see friendly rivalries emerge. As a nation we’ve been waiting 23 years for this so it is great to see them unite and get behind the men’s team as they step onto the pitch.”
Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport, said: “This series of films highlights the power that football brings to communities. The passion of supporters in Scotland – with strong ties to clubs, communities and our national teams, often spanning generations – is an exhilarating force.
“The EUROS is an opportunity to harness that power, inspire a generation and, come together as a nation and celebrate. I’m delighted to see so many people feeling part of the excitement of this special tournament.”
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “We recently launched our new strategic plan The Power of Football and through this min-series we can showcase the many ways in which football inspires people in everyday life: boys and girls, men and women of all ages.
“Qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020 gives us a real platform on which to strengthen the foundations of the national game. Football generates more than £1bn of social return on investment in this country and I’m pleased we can share the uplifting stories across the country during the tournament.”
Other videos in the series include:
- Getting the thoughts on the world’s oldest football from some of Scotland’s youngest fans in Stirling
- Dyce Boys’ Club in Aberdeen to understand the importance of grassroots, as one of their graduates’ step onto the big stage
- Hearing from a true Scotland legend, and someone who has played in front of sell-out crowds – Stuart McCall, as he tells us how vital it is to have fans back in stadiums in Glasgow
- Finding out football fans hopes for the tournament at the most picturesque football ground in the world, Fort William.
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