- Apr 26, 2016
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Iceland are qualifying and competing now which is all that matters.
Costa Rica may be in an easier qualifying section but you've still never beaten them.
Uruguay, Denmark and Croatia absolutely smash Scotland out of the water.
I doubt football is even the main sport in some of the countries listed above, nor do they have clubs that compare in size to the likes of Celtic and Rangers.
How are we doing worse than the countries you have listed? we've qualified from our group in the world cup, while teams like Holland and Italy didn't even make the tournament.
Can we now agree that Scotland are just shit?
Well, it's not all that matters. If your statement is that Iceland are a better footballing nation than Scotland you have to ignore 150 years of history. Theoretically, given an infinite amasse of time, even Andorra may eventually have a squad good enough to win the World Cup. It means nothing, I'd be shocked if Icelands success is sustainable.
We've only played Costa Rica twice so the head to head record is pretty irrelevant.
Funnily enough, we actually hammer Denmark head to head over 16 games (not 2) and against Croatia we've drawn twice and won three times in our five games against them.
So yeah "smash out the water".
This would be very relevant if I claimed Scotland were leading their peer group in football. I don't, and we're not. Our glory days are decades back and now we're a middling European team of 5 mil people. Very much where we should be to be honest. We could be doing better and we could be doing worse (look at Hungary). We absolutely should be learning from the likes of Croatia, Uruguay and Denmark and I hope we are - even if their domestic leagues pale in comparison. However, football is absolutely the main sport in all three - I'm shocked you don't realise this.
As for England claiming to be better than Italy or the Netherlands (not Holland) purely based on qualifying alone. Have you lived in a tree for the last 30 years? These nations have significantly overperformed England over time, and recently. They are doing far better than you. Not qualifying for one World Cup doesn't change this.
You can think what you want. Scotland are doing okay for a nation of 5 million people. England justify their failures by saying they are better than Scotland, which is silly. I wasn't the one that brought it up, I don't know why Scotland are being discussed.
This thread should be celebrating one of the all time greatest results for the England football team. One of the very best in a tournament since 1966. Quite astonishing - you all should be very proud.