Scotland women's homeless world cup team
Scotland are world champions.
In the words of the late Donald Dewar: "I like that."
In Paris yesterday Scotland's Homeless World Cup men's team beat Mexico to life the trophy.
A tight game finished 4-3, with a goal from Sean Lawrence and a William McLean hat-trick for
Stop it. Stop all these good news stories when we're supposed to be wrestling with self loathing
over our footballing inadequacy.
But when the Homeless World Cup final kicks off in Paris tomorrow, Scotland will be there.
Their lunchtime quarter final against Ukraine was an 11 goal thriller.
One group of well paid men get beaten by another. We wail about the injustice of our well paid men
not being paid as much as other groups of well paid men. Even though there's a group of men who
aren't paid as much as our well paid men doing away just fine over there.
Such is the world of Scottish football, a sport dreamed of on the playing fields from Dumfries to
Shetland but ripped asunder on the green, green grass of Slovenia and Switzerland.
Heard about the Scotland team going to a World Cup and turning in a series of high scoring, winning
You might not have because there's little coverage over here but this footballing anachronism is
happening right now in Paris.
With the first group stage of the 2011 Homeless World Cup now complete Scotland's men can reflect
on a job well done.
The draw for the Homeless World Cup has been made and Scotland's men find themselves in Group G
with Indonesia, Romania, Kyrgyzstan, Ireland and Germany.
As two of the most established Homeless World Cup sides a meeting between Scotland and Ireland, the
group's highest ranked side, can normally be relied on to enthral.
Here's 16 names for you:
You probably don't recognise them, most likely you've never heard of them.