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Football: THE SIBLING RIVALS.

Byline: IAIN CAMPBELL

ICELAND coach Atli Edvaldsson didn't have long to wait to find out if his brother Johannes was aware that his nation had been drawn against his adopted country Scotland.

Atli only had to glance at his mobile phone which had been on mute during the Oporto ballot. It displayed: "16 missed calls."

The phone lines will be just as hot between the Edvaldsson brothers in the next 18 months as Scotland and Iceland battle it out for qualification to Euro 2004.

Atli could hardly have a better mole because his brother, known as Shuggie during his glory days with Celtic, is still in football as an agent in Glasgow.

He said: "Of course I've known all about Scottish football since my brother went there in 1974. I've been to Parkhead, Ibrox, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock and the fans are brilliant. When we played Scotland in '85 the stadium was full of kilted fans.

"When the fans visit us again they can see the most beautiful girls in the world, go to the hot springs, then watch the game and have some drinks. I'm sure my brother will organise that!

"Our biggest problem is that our season only runs from May to September. We have the longest pre-season in the world!"

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UP AND AT 'EM: Atli Edvaldsson and Rudi Voller yesterday
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 26, 2002
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