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Stuart McCall vies with the Netherlands' Ruud Gullit at EURO '92 ©Getty Images


Best result: group stage 1992, 1996
Manager: Gordon Strachan
Leading scorers: all-time – Denis Law, Kenny Dalglish (30); current – Kris Boyd (7)
Most appearances: all-time – Kenny Dalglish (102); current – Gary Caldwell (55)
Association formed: 1873
Nickname: The Tartan Army
Where they play: Hampden Park, Glasgow

Scotland have never passed beyond the opening round of a major tournament despite reaching eight FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Championships. They qualified for five successive World Cups between 1974 and 1990, the first two as the sole British presence, but have not been involved at a major tournament since France '98. It took them seven attempts to reach the EURO finals, and after making their debut in 1992 they again qualified in 1996 only to be knocked out early once more.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P106 W50 D24 L32 F148 A112
Final tournament: P6 W2 D1 L3 F4 A5
Qualifying: P100 W48 D23 L29 F144 A107

On their finals debut at EURO '92 in Sweden, Andy Roxburgh's team lost to the Netherlands (1-0) and Germany (2-0) before signing off with a 3-0 victory over the Commonwealth of Independent States. Craig Brown was at the helm for EURO '96, where a 0-0 draw against the Netherlands preceded a 2-0 defeat by hosts England, Scotland bowing out despite beating Switzerland 1-0 as a late Patrick Kluivert goal against England took the Dutch through on goals scored.

Scotland lost out in the play-offs in 2000 and 2004 and missed out because of a final-day defeat by Italy in 2008, despite beating France home and away. Pitted against world and European champions Spain in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying, Craig Levein's side collected just one point from their first two games and failed to increase momentum thereafter, a concluding 3-1 loss to Spain leaving Scotland third, two points behind the Czech Republic.

Memorable EURO matches
12/09/2007: France 0-1 Scotland, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying

James McFadden's long-range strike helped Scotland complete the double over France.

18/06/1996: Scotland 1-0 Switzerland, EURO '96 group stage
Ally McCoist's stunning goal left one foot in the quarter-finals but events elsewhere denied them.

18/06/1992: Scotland 3-0 CIS, EURO '92 group stage
The Scots bowed out in style with goals from Paul McStay, Brian McClair and Gary McAllister.

Did you know?
Scotland's EURO '92 win against the Commonwealth of Independent States, the successor to the Soviet Union, was that country's last ever game.

*Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 28/01/14 19.15CET

Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    11/10/2015, Gibraltar 0-6 Scotland, Faro-Loulé
    02/09/2006, Scotland 6-0 Faroe Islands, Glasgow
  • Biggest defeat:
    19/11/2003, Netherlands 6-0 Scotland, Amsterdam
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 13
  • Player with most appearances: 28
    David Weir (SCO)
  • Top scorers: 8
    Ally McCoist (SCO)