Glasgow viewed from the River Clyde
Glasgow viewed from the River Clyde ©Getty Images

Glasgow is ...
• The largest city in Scotland and the third largest in the United Kingdom.
• 'Dear green place' (glas chu) according to its Scottish Gaelic name.
• The venue for the first ever international football game: Scotland 0-0 England, 1872.
• Home to the Old Firm, one of the most famous footballing rivalries around.
• The city that gave the world Sir Alex Ferguson, indie pop, antiseptic and the wizard Merlin.

Where is it
A port city on the river Clyde in the west of Scotland's central belt; it is approximately 70km from Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, and a four-and-a-half-hour train journey – or one-hour flight – from London.

Hampden Park, Scotland's national stadium
Hampden Park, Scotland's national stadium©Getty Images

Hampden Park
• The world's biggest stadium from 1908-50, Hampden Park held a crowd of 149,415 for a 1937 Scotland v England match.
• City giants Celtic and Rangers have their own stadiums; Hampden Park is home to the Scottish national team and amateur side Queens Park, who won the last of their ten Scottish Cups in 1893 – the year that football turned professional in Scotland.
• Hampden Park held one of the great European Cup finals – Real Madrid's 7-3 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960.
• It also witnessed one of the outstanding UEFA Champions League final goals: Zinédine Zidane's volley against Leverkusen in Real Madrid's 2002 success.
• Home to the Scottish Football Association (SFA), Hampden Park has been an all-seater stadium since 1992; current capacity is a little over 50,000.

Matches at Hampden Park
15 June, time tbc – Group D match
19 June, time tbc – Group D match
23 June, time tbc – Group D match
30 June, time tbc – Round of 16 (1E v 3A/B/C/D)

Getting to and around Glasgow
Glasgow has two major airports and is not too far from a third, Edinburgh Airport, with a strong road and rail network linking it to England. The city has an extensive public transport network, with buses complementing a local urban rail network, in addition to the single-line Glasgow Subway. Bike hire is easy, though the city's grid system makes it easy to navigate on foot.

Where to stay
From five-star hotels to budget accommodation, there are over 12,000 rooms available within close proximity of Glasgow's bars, restaurants and cultural attractions. See useful links below.

Kelvingrove Gallery, viewed from the neighbouring park
Kelvingrove Gallery, viewed from the neighbouring park©Getty Images

What to see
For culture: The Kelvingrove Gallery is the city's most famous museum and art gallery, while GoMA, Scotland's most visited modern art gallery, is in the heart of the city centre.
For atmosphere: The City Chambers in the central George Square give a good measure of Glasgow's wealth and prestige when it was the second city of the British Empire, with the modern city's main shopping area nearby.
For fresh air: The Victorian Kelvingrove Park in the west of the city boasts the Botanic Gardens, while Tollcross Park to the east has a famous rose garden and various childen's activities.

Eating and drinking
A cosmopolitan city, Glasgow has international food options to match any in the British Isles, and while local specialities may be a little harder to spot, there is more depth to the Scottish larder than haggis, neeps, tatties, whisky and shortbread. Simple favourites include Scotch broth, Cullen skink (a smoked haddock soup) and, a football terrace favourite, the Scotch pie. Glasgow was also named as one of PETA's most vegan and vegetarian-friendly UK cities.

Football in the city
Partick Thistle and Queens Park each have a following, but the story of Glasgow football is largely that of Celtic and Rangers. Since former Rangers forward Alex (later Sir Alex) Ferguson led Aberdeen to glory in 1984/85, the rivals have monopolised the league title. Composed almost entirely of players born within ten miles of their Parkhead home, Celtic's Lisbon Lions famously became the first British side to lift the European Cup in 1967. Rangers responded by scooping the 1972 European Cup Winners' Cup.

Get out of the city
Around 4km outside the city centre, Pollok Country Park's features include mountain bike circuits and Highland cattle, while the 'bonnie, bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond or the picturesque landscape of the Trossachs are only an hour's journey by train. In the unlikely event you cannot find enough to do in Glasgow, you can always take a trip to Edinburgh.

Useful links
People Make Glasgowhttps://peoplemakeglasgow.com/
Lonely Planethttp://www.lonelyplanet.com/scotland/glasgow
Glasgow City Councilhttps://www.glasgow.gov.uk/ 
Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow
Hampden Park:
http://www.hampdenpark.co.uk/
The Scottish Football Association (SFA): http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/

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