Inverness Caley Thistle: Smallest Club Represented At Euro 2008?

Andrew McNairSenior Writer IJuly 20, 2008

Inverness Caledonian Thistle were only founded 14 years ago as Caledonian Thistle but are already well established in the Scottish Premier League.

The Highland club who's record attendance is only 7,753 at their Tulloch Caledonian Stadium were represented by Romanian International Marius Niculae at Euro 2008.

Niculae is well travelled and played for the likes of Sporting Lisbon and Dinamo Bucharest before ending up in the Scottish Highlands upon leaving FSV Mainz in 2007.

13 goals in 32 caps for Romania shows a quality not often seen in the far north of Scotland and he's attracting interest from clubs across Europe. Hopefully Thistle manager Craig Brewster can hang his prized asset for at least another season.

Now to the question of whether Inverness were the smallest club represented at Euro 2008?

Inverness joined the Third Division of the Scottish football league in 1994 and took only 10 years to reach the SPL.

There great fighting spirit (often seen in their climb up the leagues) has earned them a giant killing reputation and niether Rangers or Celtic fancy trips to Inverness.

Last season Inverness Caley Thistle took another step forward by beating Celtic 3-2, after being down 2-0.

The trophy cabinet at Tulloch is a little bear with a Bells Challenge Cup, a First and third Division title along with numerous local trophies.

They are however a great side and a real reason to love the beautiful game. They may be one of the smallest clubs in Scotland's top flight but they are certainly feared opposition and are fast becoming every ones favourite underdog.

A new club on the up or a small club punching above their weight?

I'll leave that up to you but surely the smallest club represented at Euro 2008, Inverness Caledonian Thistle.