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Euro Stars: John Collins (Scotland)

Euro Stars: John Collins (Scotland)

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Publish on 06/06 at 00:30 - E. RAZO

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As UEFA Euro 2024 draws closer, we’re focusing on a player from each of the 24 participating countries (except for France). In this latest article of the series, we’ll concentrate on former AS Monaco midfielder John Collins.

Before joining Les Rouge et Blanc, Collins had spent all his career playing in Scotland. The midfielder began his football journey playing for Hibernian, his boyhood club. Afterward, Collins jumped to one of Scotland’s biggest clubs, Celtic FC, winning the Scottish Cup during the 1994–95 season.

 

From 1985 to 1996, Collins spent all of his first-team career playing in Scotland, but after 11 years, he went abroad and joined Monaco. During his tenure, Collins made 75 appearances for the Ligue 1 team.In 2022, Collins reflected on his three years with Monaco while speaking to the club's official website, noting that the Stade Louis II brings back great memories of when he played there.

"I only have good memories here. I spent two extraordinary seasons here on the pitch, I met very good friends, I won a French title, played in two European semifinals, played with great players who were real gentlemen. With the staff, we really formed a small family, so it was a magical moment in my life."

 

Collins was part of the team that won the 1996-97 league title, which was the first trophy that he won outside of Scotland. The former Monaco midfielder recalled that season as he took in the new experiences of playing in a new league and country.

 

"I had played all my career in Scotland and when I arrived here I immediately felt the ambition of the team and the club, which was to win a title. It was the 700th anniversary of the reign of the Grimaldi family, so it was a special year in Monaco."

 

"I remember very well the day we won the title here against Nantes, in front of the whole royal family, then the celebrations during the days that followed. When you’re little and you play in the street, those are the moments you dream of. And the older you get, the more you measure how lucky you were to have experienced this event."

 

Along with a stellar club career, Collins made 58 appearances for the Scotland national team and scored 12 goals. A significant moment in his international career came at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he scored against Brazil in the opening match.

Scotland aim to create memorable moments at Euro 2024, where they're placed in Group A alongside Germany, Switzerland, and Hungary. Steve Clarke and his squad will kick off the tournament with the opening match against the host nation, Germany, on June 14 at the Allianz Arena.

 

Photo credit: PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP via Getty Images

 

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