Euro Cup 2018 – Super Scots ready to impress on the international stage

With both the Sirens (women’s) and Clansmen (men’s) sides present at Euro Cup 2018, the Scots are ready to impress on the international stage.

Determined to show a quality of football beyond what their ranking may suggest, the nation’s best footballers will land in Cork this weekend in the hope of progressing through the pool stages in both divisions.

The Clansman led by captain Campbell Lewis are situated in Pool A along the likes of Austria, Sweden and hosts the Irish.

But despite having such strong competition in their group, the Scots are optimistic leading into their opening matches.

“It’s perhaps one of our strongest sides for years”, Campbell said.

“Some players with Euro Cup experience of the past are not involved this year, but some of the newer names have experience in top leagues outside Scotland.”

When asked about his team’s strengths, Campbell looked at the variety of players in different positions within the squad ready to roll for the 2018 campaign.

“We have plenty of players who play different positions at their clubs so our coaches have lots of options depending on how our opposition set up”, Campbell said.

“We’ve spent the year focusing on key aspects of our game; we’d probably want to come away regarded as the best contested ball winners at the Euros, and the best communicators in terms of supporting each other on field.”

“Loud and hard at the ball, if we do that all day I think we can be proud of our effort and it will bring us decent results.”

In the women’s competition, the Sirens have also drawn Pool A in a group that features the French, Croatians and once again the hosts in Ireland.

Ranked seventh in Europe, the women will run out under their superstar captain Stacey Hughes for the fourth consecutive time.

But this time she’ll lead the largest group of footballers the nation has had at a Euro Cup.

Our squad for Cork is a mixture of experienced players and players playing at their first Euro Cup,” Stacey said.

“It is exciting to see so many new players in the squad and great to be taking our biggest ever squad to the Euro Cup.”

Knowing the threat that England and Ireland possess, Stacey also made reference to the improved depth throughout the women’s competition.

“As ever Ireland and England will be the favourites for the title and rightly so, they are two excellent teams,” Stacey said.

“All of the teams are capable of winning games on the day which should lead to a very competitive tournament. I am expecting the Germans to be strong on debut.”

As for where they see themselves in and amongst the ranks, the Scots are looking to showcase a standard of football that showcases their improvement over the last twelve months.

Scotland are currently ranked 7th in Europe so we will be hoping to finish higher than our ranking and give a good account of ourselves on the day,” Stacey said.

“We will be looking to get some wins on the board and give all our players a good experience at the Euro Cup especially the debutants.”

Euro Cup 2018

CIT Cork, Ireland

Saturday, October 13th

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