Sport is very important part of Scottish culture. National sport of Scotland is football. Almost every city, big, small or tiny has its football team. It can be more or less professional, but it’s almost obligatory.
Beginning of football’s popularity is connected with 15th century. It was then when Scots started playing this game. First international football match played by Scots was played in 1872 between England and Scotland and resulted in 0-0 draw. In 1872 in Glasgow legendary Rangers Football club was formed. Six years later Celtic was formed.
Next to football there is rugby, also played by many. First international match was played in 1870 between – you bet! – Scotland and England. Rugby is considered game for tough players. Lots of people tend to think it is much more entertaining to watch rugby than football.
You can’t forget about golf, especially as its name was invented in Scotland. In 15th century it was one of most popular activities among local nobles. Authorities had even tried to prohibit it, but without any success. Rules of golf were specified in 1744 and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club was founded ten years later. There are lots of worldwide known courses in Scotland, e. g. famous Old Course at St Andrews, Royal Troon, or Carnoustie.
Scotland is home to curling as well. It is not as popular as in Canada, but nevertheless more than in other European countries.
Mountaineering may not be very impressive to watch (who would like to watch it on TV?), but it is also very important in Scottish culture.
Fishing is second sport widely popular among locals. Fishing enthusiasts have opportunity to catch brown trout, sea trout or salmon. There are perfect spots for anglers on west coast of the country, especially rivers Tay, Dee, Spey and Tweed, where you can find salmons.
What about other popular sports? Well, there is cricket, although it is not as common as in England. A lot of outstanding snooker players come from Scotland. One of popular pub games are darts.
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