Most iconic moments from the EUROs picked by Scottish football fans
Survey indicates that the 1996 tournament was Scottish fans’ favourite ever year
51% of Scots think that Greece winning in 2004 was the most iconic moment in the tournament’s history
Results announced as details released of ‘The Hampden Roar’ – an exciting touring exhibition that will bring iconic moments from previous EUROs to life and give fans across Scotland the chance to see the Henri Delaunay Cup.
As football fans across Europe eagerly await the start of UEFA EURO 2020, a new survey has revealed what Scottish football fans believe are the most iconic moments throughout the history of the Tournament.
51% of Scots said the moment that Greece pulled off one of the biggest shocks in football history to beat Portugal in the 2004 final was their top pick, while 30% said that England vs Scotland in 1996 was their favourite match of the tournament. The 1996 tournament was also found to be Scotland’s favourite ever year with some of the nation’s greatest football legends competing, including John Collins, Colin Hendry, Ally McCoist and Gary McAllister.
In 2020, Scottish fans will have the chance to witness future iconic moments first-hand as Hampden Park plays host to four UEFA EURO 2020 matches (15, 19, 23 and 30 June 2020). But to ensure as many Scottish fans as possible feel part of the tournament – even if they can’t visit the stadium – EventScotland and the Scottish FA have teamed up to tour ‘The Hampden Roar.’ Kicking off on Saturday, 12 October, ‘The Hampden Roar’ is an exciting family-friendly exhibition featuring five interactive zones that will also visit Dundee, Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
Included in one of the five dedicated zones will be the coveted trophy of the UEFA European Championship, the Henri Delaunay Cup, last won by Portugal during the 2016 tournament. This will be the first time that the trophy has toured Scotland and is a unique opportunity for fans to see it firsthand in their local town. In the other zones, fans are also offered Eur-own chance to play with a mini-pitch – a place for children and adults alike to enjoy activities like a dribbling competition, penalty kicks as well as football trivia. Also included is an Iconic Moments zone – a travelling museum exhibiting precious artefacts from the Scottish Football Museum – Heroes Dressing Room, the perfect backdrop for the all-important selfie and, finally, the Fans First zone which will capture Scots fans greatest and most iconic moments from the tournament’s history.
‘The Hampden Roar’ is being brought to life by VisitScotland’s EventScotland team, the Scottish FA, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Football Museum and local partners.
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for world-class events and our diverse portfolio of events is pivotal to bringing visitors to the country. We are extremely excited to be working with all the partners to bring this iconic trophy to Scotland for the first time. This keenly anticipated competition will showcase everything Glasgow and Scotland have to offer, and we’re delighted to be part of the celebrations.”
Richard McBrearty, curator of the Scottish Football Museum, said: “We are a proud delivery partner for ‘The Hampden Roar’, a fantastic way to showcase just some of the rich collection we have at the Museum, and to celebrate our special opportunity to host four4 games in this unique EURO. Our dedicated UEFA EURO 2020 exhibition can be found in the Museum and everyone is always welcome.
Highlights from the Tournament’s history, as chosen by a study of 500 Scottish public, are (in no particular order):
- The 1992 European Championship Finals in Sweden were ranked iconic as the 5,000 Scottish fans attending won the UEFA 'Fair Play' award for their friendly and sporting conduct.
- The favourite goal was from 1992 tournament. Scotland, who were already heading out of the competition, won their final group match – beating the Commonwealth of
- Independent States (CIS) 3-0. The opener was a long-range effort from midfielder Paul McStay.
- Portugal’s captain Cristiano Ronaldo took the top spot as favourite player with 13% of Scots voting for the footballing great.
- Ally McCoist’s stunning effort from outside the box against Switzerland in the 1996 championships was also rated as an iconic moment, despite not being enough for Scotland to take the 2nd place they needed to qualify.
- Surprisingly, 20% said their most iconic moment was Paul Gascoigne scoring against Scotland in the 1996 match-up between Scotland and England.
- Zlatan’s back-heel volley to equalise against Italy in 2004 was also deemed an iconic moment by the Scots.
- Another iconic moment listed was Scotland beating the World Cup finalists, France, 1-0 in a qualifier at Hampden with a solitary goal from Gary Caldwell securing the win
The tour will visit:
- Overgate Shopping Centre – Saturday 12th October: 10.00 – 18.00
- Inverness Leisure – Monday 14th October: 10.00 – 18.00
- Aberdeen Sports Village – Thursday 17th October: 10.00 – 18.00
- Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre – Saturday 19th October: 10.00 – 18.00
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