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Top 7 Scottish Football Clubs

 

Who are you rooting for during the World Cup? Considering football is the largest sport in the world, it’s no surprise that Scotland has some top-notch premier teams. Although they may not be appearing in the World Cup, if you’re headed over to Scotland, be sure to catch a match featuring one of Panrimo’s favorite teams below!

Hibernian
Castles and Harps and Boats, oh my!

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7.) Hibernian

 

Based in Leith in the north of Edinburgh, Hibernian is one of two football clubs in Edinburgh (the other being Heart of Midlothian FC) and the rivalry between the two is one of the oldest in football history. Although they lost last year in the Scottish Cup finals, the Hibs are looking to claim that accolade this year.

 

6.) Dundee United

 

The Lannisters would approve.
The Lannisters would approve.

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Featuring some bright garb for Scottish teams, Dundee United, locally known as “the Terrors,” have had success both in and outside Scotland. The Terrors reached the European Cup semi-finals in 1984 and UEFA Cup final in 1987, though lost on both occasions. However, it’s interesting to note that the Terrors hold a 100% win record in the four matches they’ve played against Barcelona FC, one of the most popular teams in the world.

 

5.) Ross County

 

Ross County originally began playing in the Third Division in Scotland, but quickly rose through the ranks to finally arrive in the Premier League, the top division in the Scottish Professional Football League, and in 2010 reached the Scottish Cup Final. Ross County FC is nicknamed the Staggies, due to the distinctive stag mascot on their badge.

Anything with a hawk, wins.
Anything with a hawk, wins.

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4.) Inverness Caledonian Thistle

 

Formed in 1994 from the merger of Caledonian and Inverness Thistle, Inverness Caledonian Thistle (naturally) have also risen through the Scottish Professional Football League ranks. Their most recent season was their most successful yet, but they’re looking to unseat Celtic FC from the top spot this year.

 

3.) St. Johnstone

 

St. Johnstone is notorious for floating between the top two divisions of the Scottish Professional Football League, resulting in their status as a “yo-yo team.” Although the club has reached two Scottish League Cup Finals and several semi-finals in the Scottish Cup, it unfortunately has yet to claim a title from either. However, considering their success in the Scottish Premier league this past season, St. Johnstone appears to be a force to reckon with in the upcoming year.

 

2.) Motherwell

 

Motherwell is an interesting club when you consider their success record. The team has only won one Scottish Cup in the past 20 years, but have not fallen from the top-flight of the Scottish Professional Football League. It seems this lapse in championships has spurred some fire underneath Motherwell, as they landed second in the premier league in 2013 and are itching to topple Celtic FC.

 

1.) Celtic

 

The cream of the crop in the Scottish Premiership, the Celtic Football Club is one of the oldest clubs in Scotland, and also one of the most prestigious. With their first game played in 1888, the club has never been dropped to a lower division, ever, and have won the Scottish League Championships 44 times, including this most recent season in 2013. Will Celtic claim yet another title in 2014? We’ll find out soon!

 

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