Twenty years ago Scotland were at the epicentre of global football as they kicked off the World Cup in front of an audience of two billion.
Facing holders and tournament favourites Brazil is the biggest game Scotland have ever been involved in.
Such was the magnitude, then British Prime Minister Tony Blair was helicoptered in to the Scots’ hotel base on the eve of the game to wish them good luck.
Scotland were bang at the heart of the beautiful game with the world watching.
Brown defused the situation with some humour, by telling his squad the Brazilians were terrified of the Scots – as they were holding hands.
He said: “I saw the Brazilian team going out and they had a history of walking hand in hand.
“They lost a game in Bolivia at altitude and when they faced them back in Rio they were determined to win that match.
“Before kick-off Dunga went round shaking and holding everyone’s hands in the dressing room.
“Dunga was the Brazilian captain and said why don’t they go out like that to show the unity of the team?
“Brazil beat Bolivia 5-1 and it became tradition that they walked out hand in hand.
“I saw them come out of their dressing room just before us.
“So I went into our dressing room and said ‘guys – I have just seen Brazil holding hands. They are terrified’
“That was to relax them.”
Scotland had been based at a training camp in Saint Remy de Provence in Southern France.
On the eve of the Brazil clash they moved to Chantilly in the north.
If any player harboured doubt about the enormity of the game it will have evaporated amid the whirr or helicopter rotors.
Brown said: “The day before the Brazil match the Prime Minister Tony Blair came to visit us and arrived by helicopter.
“The security was incredible but he …read more
Source:: Evening Express – All articles