SIX days before Italy's biggest match since the World Cup final, coach Roberto Donadoni was forced to name his squad for the Azzurri's vital Euro 2008 qualifier against Scotland at Hampden against a backdrop of chaos after the death of a Lazio fan led to three matches in Serie A being called off yesterday.
THEY were - to use the football commentator's cliché - as sick as parrots. Thousands of tickets went on sale yesterday for an outdoor screening of Scotland's Euro 2008 clash with Italy, selling out almost immediately and disappointing countless members of the Tartan Army.
CRAIG LEVEIN insists Lee Wilkie will not be ready for a Scotland recall until he has made 100 appearances for Dundee United.
ALEX McLeish has struck an early psychological blow in his bid to topple Italy in next month's European Championship qualifier after being granted his wish to see both Old Firm games postponed on the weekend prior to the must-win clash at Hampden Park on 17 November.
SCOTLAND manager Alex McLeish wants Celtic and Rangers to postpone their Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixtures on the weekend before the decisive Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy.
AN UNLIKELY alliance of football lovers ranging from Alex Salmond and Denis Law to Jimmy Hill and Tommy Docherty last night demanded the postponement of a weekend of SPL games.
THE countdown to the game of the millennium against Italy on November 17 will begin this week when Alex McLeish picks up the phone and dials some old friends at Parkhead and Ibrox.
DISAPPOINTED football fans were left drowning their sorrows last night as Scotland's dream of qualifying for Euro 2008 took a major blow.
AN amateur football team has called foul on their Greek referee after he forced them to miss most of Scotland's Euro 2008 win over Ukraine.
THE first team to qualify for last year's World Cup are now struggling to reach next year's European Championship.
FORMER Italy coach Marcello Lippi insists that Scotland are capable of rivalling the Azzurri and France for qualification to the 2008 European Championship.
SCOTLAND boss Alex McLeish has hit out at the timing of the Euro 2008 qualifier against the Faroe Islands.
LORENZO AMORUSO claims his former Rangers boss Alex McLeish can lead Scotland to the Euro 2008 finals - if he removes the fear factor from their game.
ROMA captain Francesco Totti will not be selected for this month's Euro 2008 qualifier against Scotland in Bari.
THE Scottish Football Association will not bid for the European Championships in 2012, it was confirmed yesterday.
THE winning bid for Euro 2008 that shattered Scotland’s dreams of hosting a major sports tournament is itself in ruins as Scotland on Sunday reveals that the showpiece stadium that was to host the final will not be completed on time.
JACK McConnell sat uneasily inside the battered study of Bute House last Thursday afternoon, his eyes fixed on the television.