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Everything That’s Happened in Football Since Scotland Last Qualified for a Major Tournament

Scotland can qualify for a major tournament for the first time in 23 years when they take on Serbia on Thursday evening

The Scots are on an eight-game unbeaten run and will book their place at Euro 2020 with victory in Belgrade, ending an absence of over two decades from major tournament football.

Scotland last featured at a major tournament at the 1998 World Cup in France, securing their qualification for the flagship event on 11 October 1997.

23 years is a long time and the landscape of football has changed drastically – let’s take a look at everything that’s happened since.

Inter Milan 's striker Ronaldo of Brazil
Ronaldo had replaced Alan Shearer as the world’s most expensive player in 1997 | GERARD JULIEN/Getty Images

2. Rangers Have Won Seven League Titles, Been Relegated to the Fourth Tier & Promoted Back to the Scottish Premiership

Rangers captain Barry Ferguson lifts the trophy up as he celebrates winning the league with his team-mates
Rangers have had an up and down two decades | Michael Steele/Getty Images
Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson in 1997 | Getty Images/Getty Images

4. Manchester City Have Been Relegated to the Third Tier & Crowned Premier League Champions Four Times

Fernandinho
City were relegated to the third tier before the 1998 World Cup | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Christian Pulisic
Neither Pulisic or Alexander-Arnold had been born when Scotland last qualified for a major tournament | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

6. Wimbledon Have Gone from the Premier League to MK Dons and Secured Six Promotions

Joe Kinnaear
Joe Kinnaear’s Wimbledon were a Premier League mainstay in the 90s | Phil Cole/Getty Images
Jose Mourinho
Mourinho has been appointed Chelsea manager twice since Scotland qualified for a major tournament | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

8. RB Leipzig Have Formed, Secured Four Promotions & Reached the Champions League Semi Finals

Julian Nagelsmann, Timo Werner
Leipzig were -12 years old when Scotland qualified for the 1998 World Cup | TF-Images/Getty Images

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