The Scots biggest advantage is that they cannot be humiliated. For the first time ever. Scotland enter a major tournament as recognisably the weakest side. and with a goalkeeper whose name doesn‘t make every impartial observer snigger in embarrassment. Strachan is missing but Scotland will presumably still play to the
y‘ traditional ginger-haired midget
strengths of harrying the opposition
= and committing completely
unnecessary ruthless fouls. Expect
heroic defeats. the outside possibility of an historic victory. and several yellow cards. The biggest
danger is that Paul McStay will begin to believe he is half as good as daft pundits claim.
Star potential: Pat Nevin. The man who spent much of the season on
. loan to Tranmere Rovers makes a ' fairytale return to the Scotland side.
The only way is up.
Amusing name: Gordon Durie. His nickname is (you‘ve guessed it) ‘Jukeboxi
Paul ‘Not that good' McStay
i Who they? The Commonwealth
of Independent States to you guvnor, and a last chance to see those USSR stars before they disappear into obscurity with Lithuania. Ukraine. Latvia and Glasgow Rangers. How much ofa team-spirit will exist is open to question. but most of this squad have been together since the last European Championships when they lost in the final to Holland. British viewers will be able to follow the form of Mikhailichenko (good). Kuznetsov (crap) and Kanchclskis (excellent).
Star potential: Sergei Yuran. Came out of nowhere to lead Benfica‘s European Cup campaign this season (ask an Arsenal fan).
Amusing name: Kakha Tskhadadze. Oh those Georgians!
l ,, ~ 3‘1,“ (. Andrei ‘Kan-Kan' Kanchelskis GERMANY
Boo hiss. the favourites. but are they the obvious winners? The Germans were unconvincing in Italia 90. fortunate to defeat England in the semi-final penalty shoot-out. and gifted a penalty in the terrible final against Argentina. Essentially they were dragged along by the genius of Lothar Matthaus and the left foot of Andreas Brehme. Matthaus is out. and the Germans could struggle without him. although Jurgen Klinsmann will be all-out to win some penalties with his tendency to drop to the ground clutching his leg as soon as he enters the penalty area. No one really wants this shower to win do they?
Star potential: Thomas Doll. An ‘Eastie‘ made good. Having beaten rumours that he was a ‘Stasi‘ informer. midfielder Doll will be Gazza’s teammate at Lazio next
_: season.poor bloke. f Amusing name: Stefan Kuntz. How
will Brian Moore handle this one‘.’
SCOTLAND'S MATCHES FndayIZJune
Holland v Scotland. 4.15pm (live on Scottish)
Monday 15 June
Germany v Scotland. 4.15pm (live on BBC Scotland)
CISv Scotland. 7.15pm (live on Scottish)
Sunday 21 and Monday 22 June Semi-finals (we can but dream) Friday 26 June
The Final (realms oi tantasy now)
Events are listed alphabetically by sport. -then by day. Sport Listings compiled byTom Lappin.
CRICKET Saturday 6
SCOTTISH COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
I Ayrshire v Stirling County The Oval. Prestwick. lpm.
I Fiteshlre v Clackmannan County McKanc Park. Dunfcrmlinc. lpm.
HALL WESTERN UNION
I Clydesdale v West 01 Scotland Titwood. Beaton Road. Glasgow. lpm.
I Uddingston v Orumpellier Bothwell Castle Policies. Uddingston. lpm.
I Ayr V Greenock Cambusdoon. Alloway. lpm.
I Poloc v Kilmarnock Shawhoim. Pollokshaws. (ilasgow. lpm.
I Kelbume v Ferguslie Whitehaugh. Paisley. lpm.
RYOEN EAST LEAGUE
I Heriots FP v Watsonians (.ioldcnacrc. lnverleith Row. Edinburgh. lpm.
I Edinburgh Acads v Freuchie Raeburn Place. Stockbridge. Edinburgh. lpm.
I Royal High v Carlton J ock's Lodge. Edinburgh. 1pm.
I Grange v Kirkcaldy Raeburn Place. Stockbridge. Edinburgh. lpm.
SCOTTISH COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP I Stirling County v West Lothian
Williamfield. Stirling. lpm.
I Clackmannan County v Ayrshire The Arns. Alloa. 1pm.
HALL WESTERN UNION
I Greenock v Kllmarnock Glenpark. Brisbane St. Greenock. lpm.
I Ferguslle v West 0t Scotland Mcikleriggs. Paisley. 1pm.
I Ayrv Poloc Cambusdoon . Alloway. 1pm.
I Orumpellier v Clydesdale Langloan. Coatbridge. 1pm.
RYDEN EAST LEAGUE
I Freuchie v St Modans Public Park. Freuchie. 1pm.
I Carlton v Edinburgh Acads The Pavilion. Grange Loan. Edinburgh. lpm.
I Herlots FP v Stenhousemuir Goldenacre. lnverleith Row. Edinburgh. lpm.
I Watsonians v Grange My reside. (‘olinton Road. Edinburgh. 1pm.
I Kirkcaldy v Royal High Bennochy. Kirkcaldy. lpm. l
I Race Day: Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow. There are ten racesin each meeting. starting at 7.45pm. £2.
I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Powdcrhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. Each meeting includes ten races. starting at
7.30pm. £2.50 Stand; £1 .50 Ground. Race
programme free with admission.
I Hamilton Park Races Hamilton Park Racecourse. Bothwell Road. Hamilton Club£l(l. Paddock £5 (£3). 7pm. An evening meeting of ﬂat racingfcaturing some of the top Northern circuit Jockeys and trainers.
I Hamilton Park Races Hamilton Park Racecourse. Bothwell Road. Hamilton. ClubL‘lI). Paddock £5 (£3). 2.25pm. More competitive stuffon the flat.
I Edinburgh Musselburgh Racecourse. Musselburgh. Club £10. paddock £6. A testing flat meeting on the winding seaside track with the first race at 2. 15pm.
. MOTOR SPORT
Saturday 13—Sunday 14
I British Championship Car Racing Knockhiil Racing Circuit. Fife. Featuring Porsche racing to cheer up you jaded yuppies.
SHINTY ‘ Saturday 6
I Glenmorangie Camanachd Cup Final Anniesland. Glasgow. 3pm. Kingussie v Fort William.
SPEEDWAY Friday 5
I Edinburgh Gull Monarchs v Glasgow Tigers v Berwick v Newcastle Powderhali Stadium. Edinburgh 7. 15pm. ()ne ofthe highlights of the season. this i lEA'l‘ Fours tie offers Edinburgh the chance to repeat their triumph of last season. although Bcrwick may start favourites.
I Glasgow Tigers v Edinburgh Gull Monarchsv Berwick v Middlesbrough Shawfield Stadium. Glasgow, 6.30pm. Another round of the highly competitive HEAT Fours series with only one place
. available in the final at Peterborough.
I Edinburgh Gulf Monarchs v Middlesbrough Bears Powderhall Stadium. Edinburgh 7.15pm. A llomefire League tie for Monarchs who will be hoping to contain
Steve Regeling and the rest ofthe ; cosmopolitan Bears line-up.
I Junior Championship Shawfield Stadium. Glasgow. 6.30pm. A chance for the younger riders to try out the senior
TENNIS Monday 8—Saturday 14
I Scottish Grass Court Championships Craigiockhart Sports Centre. Edinburgh.
The List 5 18 June 1992-59