Scots expat living in Scotland's Euros 2024 camp becomes town's unexpected posterboy

A Scotland fan based in Germany has become an ­unexpected poster boy for his country’s arrival to Euro 2024.

Andrew Syme, from Aberdeen, was chosen by his adopted Bavarian home town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen to feature in three welcome billboards for our squad, which has based its training camp there.

The 52-year-old, who has lived there for 30 years and is a well-known restaurant boss, features as a beer-drinking kilt-clad Scotsman alongside his German counterpart Martin Sedlmeier in lederhosen.

Andrew said: “I was obviously thrilled that Scotland had qualified and it was great fun taking part in the photoshoot for the posters and of course drinking the beer. I never thought I’d become a model at 52.”

The posters are set against the stunning background of the ­snow-clad Alps that overlook the town.

Andrew learned German by watching football on television. He is the only owner of a kilt and ­Highland dress in the town so was an obvious choice to play a Scotland fan.

He first moved to the town 30 years after graduating in sociology from Stirling University and never left.

He had worked there as a student in the holidays, washing dishes and clearing tables in ­restaurants.

He first fell in love with that part of Germany in the 80s when his Army major father took his family there on Alpine skiing holidays.

For 18 years Andrew, who is a big football fan, ran his own mountain restaurant and is now deputy manager for a restaurant company.

He said: “Every time I had gone back there during the summer I fell more and more in love with the place.

“Over the years I learned how to cook and run a restaurant. I have two teenagers and the town is a great place for them to grow up. They are fluent in English and German.”

Andrew is a big Scotland fan and went to the World Cup in Italy in 1990.

He can’t make the three group games, including the opener against Germany in Munich on June 14, because of work commitments.

Last month, we told how Elizabeth Koch, the mayor of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, is hoping the Scots will bring their biggest fan. She admitted she’s a massive Rod Stewart fan.

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