Scotland and the Tartan Army are  winning admirers in Germany - Angus Robertson

Angus Robertson with former German internationalist and Euros ambassador Thomas HitzlspergerAngus Robertson with former German internationalist and Euros ambassador Thomas Hitzlsperger
Angus Robertson with former German internationalist and Euros ambassador Thomas Hitzlsperger
The Tartan Army is taking Germany by storm. Thousands of Scottish football fans renowned for their exuberant good behaviour are travelling by land, sea and air to follow the national side at the European Championships.

Scots are converging on Munich for the opening match against the host nation, before travelling on to Cologne to face Switzerland and then Stuttgart for the last group game against Hungary.

Scotland’s national team has already made a big impression, before the competition has even kicked off.

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The squad arrived at their training camp in Garmisch Partenkirchen to a warm welcome from the locals with cheering kids flying the saltire.

Scenes with Scotland star John McGinn joining Bavarian dancers in Lederhosen made the national news and has gone viral with over 1 million views on social media. Welcome posters to Scotland are hanging from the lampposts.

The arrival was also reported by the must-read German football publication ‘Kicker’: Germany's opening European Championship opponents Scotland arrived in Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the loud cheers of fans who had already arrived. Before the opening game on Friday in Munich, national coach Steve Clarke's team was welcomed by the mayor of the municipality, Elisabeth Koch, and a band and bagpipe players. “It was a warm welcome,” said Liverpool star Andy Robertson.

The Scots move into their base quarters at the foot of the Zugspitze mountain. More than 100,000 Scottish fans are expected to attend the tournament and the loud influence of the Tartan Army was already felt upon arrival. It was “great” to welcome the team to the city, said Koch.

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The German media has been reporting on ‘exciting’ Scotland’s impressive qualification run, which included 3-0 victories over Cyprus, 2-0 against Spain, 2-1 against Norway and 2-0 against Georgia. That the five in a row victories saw a 12-1 goal difference is also highlighted.

Many are following the build-up to the start of the Euros by charting the progress of Paisley charity fundraiser Craig Ferguson, who has been walking from Scotland to Germany and has secured thousands of pounds of support for mens’ mental health and suicide prevention.

He has already smashed an initial £10k fundraising target for mental health charity Brothers In Arms and is nearing £40k of a stretch target of £50k.

Craig has been timing his charity trek perfectly over 37 days through six countries, winning friends, donors and admirers along the way.

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Shortly after crossing into Germany Craig also got the great news that he’s been given a ticket to see the opening game in Munich.

If you would like to support Craig’s charity fundraiser, visit ‘Just Giving’ online and look for ‘Craig Ferguson Glasgow to Munich Charity Walk’. Please give generously.

Scotland and the Tartan Army are already winning admirers throughout Germany. As a half-German Scot it’s great to see fans from both countries getting on so well.

I will be cheering for Scotland to win, but ideally would like to see both Scotland and Germany go through to the next round.

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German hosts for the European Championships, like former national star Thomas Hitzlsperger, have praised Scotland for its inclusive approach to football.

This will be on show throughout the tournament as the Tartan Army plays its huge part as great ambassadors for Scotland.

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