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By ESPN Staff
Oct 1, 2008

Scotland line up friendly with Argentina

Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith believes Scotland's friendly against Argentina in November will be "a fantastic occasion".

Smith secured the clash with the South American giants more than two months after negotiations broke down over fears Scotland supporters would have to pay inflated ticket prices to finance the fixture.

After the surprising turnaround, the match will now go ahead at Hampden on November 19, with ticket prices pegged at the same level as for Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Norway next month, with the highest-priced seats costing £35.

Smith said: "I am delighted that we have managed to strike a deal to bring Argentina to Scotland.

"When we were speaking to the representatives, it was clear that the Argentinians wanted to play us and were just as excited as we were about a match at Hampden.

"We are very pleased that we will be able to put on the game at a pricing structure that will appeal to fans.

"We want Scotland fans to see the players pit themselves against the best in the world and there are few teams better than Argentina.

"This is going to be a great match and a fantastic occasion and I know that (manager) George (Burley) and the team will put on a show that will do the country proud."

The SFA pulled out of the proposed match in July when the costs involved in bringing Argentina to Glasgow appeared prohibitive.

The SFA were faced with costs of around £1million, which they would have had to find through means such as inflated ticket prices, however a deal has been reached that will reduce the burden significantly.

Stars such as Carlos Tevez, Juan Roman Riquelme and Lionel Messi could all feature in the match at Scotland's national stadium, and although the match will not be a competitive fixture, Burley insists it will be a worthwhile exercise.

He said: "We cannot wait to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the world and look forward to our fans giving the Argentinians a great Scottish Hampden welcome."


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