Vauxhall International Challenge Match
Scotland v Estonia
Wednesday 6 February 2013, kick-off 7.45 pm
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Scotland will take on Estonia in Aberdeen next February in preparation for the second half of the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign.
It will be the national team’s first trip to Pittodrie since a 3-0 win over Faroe Islands in November 2010. Estonia return to the stadium for the first time since June 1993, when Pat Nevin (2) and Brian McClair gave Scotland a 3-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying win.
The last time the two sides met, James McFadden struck in a 1-0 friendly win in Tallinn in May 2004.
The fixture forms part of an exciting 2013 schedule. Following the match against Estonia, Craig Levein’s side resume the World Cup qualifying campaign in March against Wales (H) and Serbia (A), with Croatia (A) in June. Next up is a mouth-watering clash against England at Wembley in August, before the final qualifiers against Macedonia (A) and Croatia (H) in September and October.
Scotland national coach Craig Levein said: “It is important that we continue to take the national team throughout the country and I am sure our huge support in the North East of Scotland will turn up in numbers for the Estonia match at Pittodrie.
“Like our recent victory against Australia, the Estonians will provide a tough and relevant challenge at the midway point of our FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. “The Estonians have improved markedly in the last two years. They reached the play-offs for UEFA Euro 2012 against Republic of Ireland, and they will provide a good test.
“The performance and result against Australia – a team ranked 22 places above us in the FIFA rankings – have given us a tremendous boost ahead of our opening qualifying group matches against Serbia and Macedonia next month. “We will strive to build on the positives from midweek in the double-header and I would like to thank our supporters for demonstrating their loyalty and commitment by renewing their Scotland Supporters Club memberships and buying so many tickets already for the two matches at Hampden Park next month.”
Scotland and Estonia, currently ranked 43 and 46 respectively, have previously been drawn together in three qualifying campaigns – FIFA World Cup 1994 and 1998, and UEFA EURO 2000. Scotland maintain an unbeaten record. In 1996 a World Cup qualifying match between the two sides was famously rescheduled. When the home side failed to turn up for the original tie at the Kadriorg stadium following a dispute over floodlights, Scotland kicked-off, with the match abandoned seconds later. The match was later played on neutral territory, ending in a 0-0 draw at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.