The Scottish Influence!!
by Jun Kuzuya
(Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan)
The football stadium in Glasgow
As you know, Scotland is one of the countries constituting the United Kingdom. But do you know that Scotland has major influences on modern culture and thought? This time, I would like to share part of these influences.
I'd like to start with sports, especially football. This is a well-known sport all over the world. Football is the most famous and typical sport which is powered by national prestige.
In June, the World Cup will be held in South Africa. But the origin of the nation vs. nation football matches like international friendly matches and the World Cup was started by Scotland.
In 1872, the first international friendly match was held in the town of Glasgow. In that match of England versus Scotland, the score was 0-0. So, Scotland affects modern football's culture, I think.
Besides sports, Scotland has also had a major influence on economics and medical science due to famous Scots like Adam Smith, James Lind, etc. By the way, the national flag of Scotland is one of the oldest flags in the world and has been used since the 9th century.
So, we can say that Scotland influences many modern things. It's the Scottish influence!! And I think that it's a very interesting thing to find the origins of modern things!!