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Scotland have qualified for the European Championship finals twice – in 1992 and 1996.


Euro 1992, Sweden
Winners, Denmark
Despite losing just one game (away to Romania) in the qualifyingcampaign, Scotland looked to have missed out on the finals, until afortuitous draw between Bulgaria and
Romania saw Scotland top a tight group by one point. Notably, the squadfor the qualification campaign included one Craig Levein.


The finals in Sweden demonstrated the changing face of Europe as Germanyfielded a unified team for the first time, and the dissolved USSR tookpart as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Scotland facedboth sides in a tough group, which also included The Netherlands.
 

The opening match resulted in a 1-0 loss to The Netherlands, DennisBergkamp scoring the winner. Then a 2-0 defeat to Germany (scorersRiedle and Effenberg) ensured that Scotland couldn’t qualify for thenext round.
 

Scotland ended the group on a high as goals from McStay, McClair andMcAllister secured a 3-0 victory over CIS. Scotland fans went home fromtheir first ever trip to the Euros with an award from UEFA praisingtheir excellent behaviour during the tournament.
 

For UEFA's full story of the 1992 tournament, click here


Euro 1996, England
Winners, Germany
The 1996 European Championships were held in England, making it evenmore important for Scotland to qualify. Scotland again lost only onegame in qualifying (away to Greece), going through with group leadersRussia to take their place in Group A alongside The Netherlands,Switzerland, and tournament hosts England. The opening match betweenScotland and The Netherlands at Villa Park finished goalless, securing avaluable point. Next up were England at Wembley Stadium. Alan Shearerscored a header early in the second half, but with 20 minutes remainingScotland were awarded a penalty. Gary McAllister stepped up but DavidSeaman saved the kick.


Scotland’s disappointment was compounded when Paul Gascoigne produced amoment of genius at the other end by flicking the ball over ColinHendry’s head with his left foot, before slamming home a volley with hisright to wrap up a 2-0 win for England.
 

The final game of the group ended with a 1-0 victory over Switzerlandthanks to a stunning Ally McCoist goal. Unbelievably, England werebeating the Dutch 4-0 in the other fixture, a result which would haveseen Scotland qualify for the next round. But Patrick Kluivert brokeScottish hearts when he scored late in the game to send The Netherlandsthrough on goal difference.

 

For UEFA's full story of the 1992 tournament, click here

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