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Celtic's win last night is the first time a Scottish club has ever won a competitive game in Rome - capital of Italy.


I thought I'd look at wins in capitals and the results surprised me in respect of their rarity:

... Amsterdam, Belfast, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Lisbon, Monte Carlo, Moscow, Reykjavik and Tallinn are the only capital cities where Scottish clubs have won more than 1 or 2 games in total. For many just a solitary win exists.

... no Scottish clubs have ever won in Athens, Belgrade, Bern, Jerusalem, Kiev, Madrid, Minsk, Paris, Prague or Zagreb; or ever won in Tirana (Albania), Baku (Azerbaijan), Tbilisi (Georgia), Astana (Kazakhstan), Pristina (Kosovo), Vaduz (Liechtenstein), Skopje (Macedonia), Chisinau (Moldova) or San Marino.

... wins in London have only been in neutral venue playoffs, Texaco Cup and FA Cup.

... Kilmarnock and St Mirren have played in Europe several times - but contributed no wins in capitals.


In order to compile the list quickly I've assumed all away ties against clubs from capital cities were played in those cities - if they were moved they will still appear below. Conversely, any games moved into capital cities from elsewhere (other than playoffs or finals) won't appear. If anyone knows of such, or any mistakes below, do point-them-out.

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Andorra - Andorra la Vella
1997 ... Dundee Utd ... (8-0 v Principat in UC QR1)

Armenia - Yerevan
2018 ... Celtic ... (3-0 v Alashkert in CL QR1)

Austria - Vienna
1964 ... Rangers ... (2-0 v Rapid in EC R2)
1988 ... Hearts ... (1-0 v Austria Vienne in UC R2)

Belarus - Minsk
2013 ... St Johnstone ... (1-0 v FC Minsk in EL QR3)


Belgium - Brussels
1959 ... Rangers ... (2-0 v Anderlecht in EC Pre)
1961 ... Hearts ... (3-1 v Saint-Gilloise in FC R1)
1962 ... Dundee ... (4-1 v Anderlecht in EC QF)
2017 ... Celtic ... (3-0 v Anderlecht in CL Groupstage)

Bosnia-Herzegovina - Sarajevo
2019 ... Celtic ... (3-1 v FK Sarajevo in CL QR1)

Bulgaria - Sofia
1967 ... Rangers ... (2-1 v Slavia in EL SF)

Cyprus - Nicosia
1968 ... Dunfermline ... (2-0 v APOEL in CWC R1)

Denmark - Copenhagen
1962 ... Hibs ... (3-2 v Staevnet in FC R1)
1965 ... Dunfermline ... (4-2 v B1903 in FC R2)
1992 ... Rangers ... (1-0 v Lyngby in CL R1)
2003 ... Rangers ... (2-1 v FC Copenhagen in CL QR3)
2016 ... Hibs ... (1-0 v Brondby in EL QR2)

Eire - Dublin
1961 ... Dunfermline (4-0 v St Patrick's in CWC Pre)
1985 ... Dundee Utd (5-2 v Bohemians in UC R1)
1986 ... Celtic ... (2-0 v Shamrock in EC R1)
1988 ... Hearts ... (2-0 v St Patrick's in UC R1)
1998 ... Celtic ... (2-0 v St Patrick's in CL QR1)
1998 ... Rangers (5-3 v Shelbourne in UC QR1)
2000 ... Aberdeen (1-0 v Bohemians in UC Qual)
2018 ... East Fife (WO v Bohemians in Challenge Cup QF)

England - London
1884 ... Queen's Park ... (1-0 v Old Westminsters in FA Cup QF)
1960 ... Rangers ... (3-2 v Sparta Rotterdam in EC QF Playoff)
1964 ... Rangers ... (3-1 v Red Star Belgrade in EC R1 Playoff)
1972 ... Hearts (1-0 v Crystal Palace in Texaco Cup R1)

Estonia - Tallinn
1998 ... Hearts ... (1-0 v Lantana in CWC Qual)
2016 ... Hearts (4-2 v Infonet in EL QR1)
2019 ... Celtic ... (2-0 v Nomme Kalju in CL QR2)

Faroe Islands - Torshavn
1994 ... Motherwell ... (4-1 v HB in UC Pre)

Finland - Helsinki
2012 ... Celtic ... (2-0 v HJK in CL QR3)

Germany - Berlin
1961 ... Rangers ... (3-1 v ASK Vorwarts in EC R1)

Gibraltar
2019 ... Rangers ... (4-0 v St Joseph's in EL QR1)

Hungary - Budapest
2003 ... Celtic ... (4-0 v MTK in CL QR3)

Iceland - Reykjavik
1967 ... Aberdeen ... (4-1 v KR in CWC R1)
1975 ... Celtic ... (2-0 v Valur in CWC R1)
1993 ... Aberdeen ... (4-0 v Valur in CWC R1)
2014 ... Celtic ... (1-0 v KR in CL QR2)

Italy - Rome
2019 ... Celtic ... (2-1 v Lazio in EL Groupstage)

Latvia - Riga
2014 ... Aberdeen ... (3-0 v Daugava in EL QR1)

Lithuania - Vilnius
1996 ... Aberdeen ... (4-1 v Zalgiris in UC Qual)

Luxembourg
2000 ... Celtic ... (4-0 v Jeunesse Esch in UC Qual - played at National Stadium)

Malta - Valletta
1983 ... Rangers ... (8-0 v Valletta FC in CWC R1)
1990 ... Rangers ... (4-0 v Valletta FC in EC R1)

Monaco - Monte Carlo
1961 ... Rangers ... (3-2 v AS Monaco in EC Pre)
1981 ... Dundee Utd ... (5-2 v AS Monaco in UC R1)
2000 ... Rangers ... (1-0 v AS Monaco in CL Groupstage)

Montenegro - Podgorica
2007 ... Rangers ... (1-0 v Zeta in CL QR3)

Netherlands - Amsterdam
1969 ... Rangers ... (2-0 v DWS in FC R3)
1982 ... Celtic ... (2-1 v Ajax in EC R1)
2003 ... Celtic ... (3-1 v Ajax in CL QR3)

Northern Ireland - Belfast
1886 ... Partick ... (11-0 v Cliftonville in FA Cup R3)
1963 ... Partick ... (4-1 v Glentoran in FC R1)
1989 ... Dundee Utd ... (3-1 v Glentoran in UC R1)
2013 ... Celtic ... (3-0 v Cliftonville in CL QR2)
2016 ... Livingston ... (2-1/3-0 v Crusaders in Challenge Cup R4)
2017 ... Celtic ... (2-0 v Linfield in CL QR2)

Norway - Oslo
1965 ... Hearts ... (3-1 v Valerenga in FC R2)
1966 ... Dunfermline ... (3-1 v Frigg in FC R1)

Poland - Warsaw
1969 ... Dunfermline ... (1-0 v Gwardia in FC R2)
2001 ... Rangers ... (1-0 v Anzhi Makhachkala in UC R1 Playoff)

Portugal - Lisbon
1961 ... Hibs ... (3-1 v Belenenses in FC R1)
1967 ... Celtic ... (2-1 v Inter Milan in EC Final)
2008 ... Rangers ... (2-0 v Sporting in UC QF)

Romania - Bucharest
1969 ... Rangers ... (2-0 v Steaua in CWC R1)

Russia - Moscow
1992 ... Rangers ... (1-0 v CSKA in CL Groupstage)
2001 ... Rangers ... (4-1 v Dynamo in UC R2)
2009 ... Celtic ... (2-0 v Dynamo in CL QR3)
2012 ... Celtic ... (3-2 v Spartak in CL Groupstage)

Slovakia - Bratislava
1964 ... Celtic ... (1-0 v Slovan in CWC QF)

Slovenia - Ljubljana
1968 ... Hibs ... (3-0 v Olimpija in FC R1)

Sweden - Stockholm
1955 ... Hibs ... (3-1 v Djurgardens in EC QF)
2019 ... Celtic ... (4-1 v AIK in EL QR4)

Turkey - Ankara
1973 ... Rangers ... (2-0 v Ankaragucu in CWC R1)

Wales - Cardiff
1997 ... Celtic ... (3-0 v Inter CableTel in UC QR1)

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25 minutes ago, HibeeJibee said:

Belarus - Minsk
2013 ... St Johnstone ... (1-0 v FC Minsk in EL QR3)

This match was played in Grodno. 

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Celtic have twice played Jeunesse Esch of Luxembourg. In 1977 and 2000. The game in 1977 was Played at Eschs Small stadium but in 2000 we played at the National stadium. So Celtic have won in the capital of Luxembourg. 

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13 minutes ago, craigkillie said:

Rangers' win away to CSKA Moscow in 1992/93 was played in Bochum in Germany.

Looking through wikipedia I noticed CSKA played all of their 'home 'group games in Germany that season but played the qualifying rounds in Russia. Don't suppose you know the story behind that?

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2 hours ago, GNU_Linux said:

Looking through wikipedia I noticed CSKA played all of their 'home 'group games in Germany that season but played the qualifying rounds in Russia. Don't suppose you know the story behind that?

Political Turmoil in Russia, I would presume? By 1993 there were coup attempts and even Tanks firing on the White House - the Russian Parliament.

The only other thing I could think is maybe the Russian Winter - Russia played summer football until the early 2010s.

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My understanding from reading it before was that it was just down to the weather. These were in the days well before hybrid pitches and undersoil hearing.

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1 hour ago, craigkillie said:

My understanding from reading it before was that it was just down to the weather. These were in the days well before hybrid pitches and undersoil hearing.

Yeah i remember at the time it was down to the weather, 

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Was Djurgarden v Hibs in 1955 not played at Firhill again due to weather?

"Due to the Scandinavian winter, both matches were played in Scotland, with the Swedes opting to play their “home leg” at Partick Thistle’s newly floodlit Firhill ground. Hibs won 3-1 in Glasgow and 1-0 at Easter Road to reach the last four."

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Updated with above info.

I'd also omitted Old Westminster's 0-1 Queen's Park in 1883-84 FA Cup QFs, and Cliftonville 0-11 Partick in 1886-87 FA Cup R3.

Nothing from Anglo-Franco-Scottish Friendship Cup of early 1960s nor from Anglo-Scottish Floodlight League of mid-1950s.

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A few more to add from me.

Celtic beat Waterford 7-0 at Landsdowne Road, Dublin in 1970.
Rangers beat Lillestrom 2-0 in Ullevaal, Oslo in 1979.
Aberdeen beat IA Akranes 2-1 at Laugardalsvollur, Reykjavik in 1983.
Aberdeen beat IA Akranes 3-1 at Laugardalsvollur, Reykjavik in 1985.
Celtic beat Cwmbran Town 6-0 at Ninian Park, Cardiff in 1999.
Hearts beat IBV Vestmannaeyjar 2-0 at Laugardalsvollur, Reykjavik in 2000.
Rangers beat Anorthosis Famagusta 2-1 at GSP Stadium, Nicosia in 2005.

And a few to remove:

Motherwell's win over HB was played at Svangaskard, Toftir, not in Torshavn.
Both of Rangers' wins over Valletta FC were played at Ta'Qali, Attard, not in Valletta.
Rangers' 2-0 win over Steaua Bucharest was at home - the away leg was 0-0.
Celtic's win over Dynamo Moscow in 2009 was in Arena Khimki, Khimki, not Moscow.

I'm not sure if Lyngby counts as Copenhagen. It's in a different municipality, so I'm wondering the relationship is like Paisley to Glasgow. Likewise, Ta'Qali, Malta's national stadium, is in Attard, which is

On the other hand, Celtic beat Ujpest at Megyeri Ut (now called Szusza Ferenc Stadion) which is in Ujpest, a district of Budapest.

Stade Louis II is in Fontvielle, not Monte Carlo. However, Monte Carlo is not the capital of Monaco - it is a city-state, so Monaco itself is still the capital, and therefore the stadium does count as being in the capital.

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Interesting fact - the crowd for Dundee's win in Heysel Stadium is still the record attendance for the stadium.  What a club.  

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On ‎06‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 08:07, Daydream said:

Interesting fact - the crowd for Dundee's win in Heysel Stadium is still the record attendance for the stadium.  What a club.  

1958 European Cup Final surpasses?

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