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Scotland players in 1882
Scotland players in 1882

The Scotland national football team has represented Scotland in association football since the world's first international football match on St. Andrew's Day (Scotland's National Day), 30 November 1872. Controlled by the Scottish Football Association, the team competes in the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship, but not the Olympic Games. Most of their home matches are played at the national stadium, Hampden Park. They have a long-standing rivalry with England, with annual matches from 1872 until 1989, and six matches since then. They have qualified for the FIFA World Cup on eight occasions and the UEFA European Championship twice; they have never progressed beyond the first group stage of a finals tournament, but they did once beat the FIFA World Cup winners – England, in 1967. Their supporters are collectively known as the Tartan Army. The Scottish Football Association operates a roll of honour for every player who has made more than 50 appearances for the team. Kenny Dalglish, with 102 appearances between 1971 and 1986, holds the record for Scotland; he also shares the record for goals scored (30), with Denis Law. (Full article...)

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Self-Portrait with a Friend

Self-Portrait with a Friend is a painting by the Italian High Renaissance painter Raphael that dates to 1518–1520 and is held in the Louvre Museum of Paris, France. It is generally held to depict the painter (left) with an unidentified friend; suggestions for the other sitter's identity include Polidoro da Caravaggio, Giulio Romano, and Giovanni Battista Branconio.

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