Roy Hodgson will take the English national team north of the border for the first time in 15 years this fall.
After the roaring success of England’s 3-2 friendly win over Scotland at Wembley last August, the two oldest national teams in world soccer will square off on November 18 at Celtic Park in Glasgow.
Passion. Pride. Rivalry. This will not be a friendly by any stretch of the imagination.
England and Scotland had gone 14 years without playing each other up until last August with the two neighbors battled it out at Wembley. Scotland took shock leads as thousands of the Tartan Army sensed an upset in the air. However Gordon Strachan’s men succumbed to Rickie Lambert’s late header which gave England the win. The friendly turned out to be a great occasion as the intensity of a tournament game made it into a real spectacle.
Fans in both nations will be looking forward to this latest friendly, as the oldest international rivalry in history (they first played in 1872, the first official match between two different countries) is renewed.
The last time England traveled to Scotland they played the ‘Auld Enemy’ at Hampden Park where Paul Scholes scored twice in a 2-0 win for the English back in 1999. That was a European Championship play off match, but expect this friendly in November to be just as rowdy.
With the U.S. set to travel to Ireland and play the Republic on the same day, there will be plenty of top international soccer on show in the UK and Ireland in November. It’s like the World Cup all over again.
Also, the fact that this match will be played on November 18 is huge. Exactly two months before that, on September 18, Scotland will go to referendum and vote on whether or not to end a 300-year union with England and become an independent nation.
Depending on the outcome, that should add some extra spice to this already feisty friendly.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, and he is already the club’s all-time leading scorer.
After scoring both of PSG’s goals in a 2-1 win over Marseille today, Zlatan’s tally is up to 110 goals for the club, eclipsing Pauleta’s mark of 109. However, Pauleta needed 79 more matches to reach that number.
Zlatan has scored at a blistering pace since moving to Paris, having seasons of 35, 41, and 30 goals in his first three years at the club. Early into his fourth season with PSG, he has four goals through seven matches.
Not only has Zlatan achieved great success individually during his time at Parc des Princes, the club has dominated French football during his tenure.
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Since Zlatan moved to Paris in 2012, the club has won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, two League Cups, and one French Cup. During that time, Zlatan was twice named Ligue 1 Player of the Year and won two Golden Boots as the league’s top scorer.
Zlatan’s contract with PSG is up at the end of this season, and it has been long suspected that he will move on and join a new club next summer. Despite turning 34 earlier this month, Zlatan has proven his is still one of the world’s elite goalscorers, and will have his choice of clubs should he leave PSG.
Luciano Vietto scored with less than ten minutes to play to earn a draw for Atletico Madrid against their crosstown rivals Real.
Karim Benzema had given Real Madrid an early lead, heading home a cross from Dani Carvajal in the ninth minute. While Cristiano Ronaldo may get all the headlines, Benzema has been superb for Real, scoring six goals in seven La Liga matches this season.
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Atletico had a golden opportunity to draw level in the 22nd minute when the hosts were awarded a penalty, but Keylor Navas made a brilliant save to deny Antoine Griezmann, keeping Real ahead.
Still trailing 1-0, Diego Simeone made a substitution for Atletico in the 58th minute, bringing in Luciano Vietto for some added strength on the attack. It was the 21-year-old’s first taste of a Madrid derby, and he proved to be ready for the pressure.
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With the clock winding down, Jackson Martinez played a cross in from the left wing, and after a slight scramble in the box, the young Vietto cleaned up the scraps to level the score in the 83rd minute.
The result leaves Real Madrid second in La Liga, one point behind leaders Villarreal, while Atletico sits fifth, three points off the leaders.