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England, Scotland resume oldest football rivalry

After annual games were halted due to hooliganism, England and Scotland resume oldest rivalry

England, Scotland resume oldest football rivalry

LONDON (AP) -- In international football, few rivalries are greater -- none are older -- than England vs. Scotland.

So fierce was the rancor, that a quarter of a century ago, facing a losing battle against rampant hooliganism, their annual matches had to be abandoned.

The only encounters since 1989 have been in official competitions, with the neighbors facing off at the 1996 European Championship in London, and home and away three years later in a Euro 2000 playoff.

Now, for the first time since 1989, despite sporadic fan violence returning to haunt football in recent years, the old foes are meeting again -- at their choosing.

Wembley Stadium on Wednesday will host the 111th meeting between England and Scotland since the first in 1872.

Updated : 2021-05-11 15:44 GMT+08:00