Shane Long

  • Date of birth : 22/01/1987
  • Position : Forward
  • Country : Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
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Shane Long

Shane Long

A fleet-footed striker with pace to burn, Shane Long could be the joker in the Republic of Ireland's pack at UEFA EURO 2012. He returned to the English Premier League in 2011, joining West Bromwich Albion FC after a prolific season in the Championship with Reading FC.

• Started out with Cork City FC but left, aged 18, for Reading in tandem with fellow striker Kevin Doyle midway through the Irish club's Premier Division title-winning campaign of 2005.

• Scored three goals in his first half-season to help Reading win promotion to the Premier League but played second fiddle to compatriot Doyle over the next two seasons in the English top flight, being predominantly deployed as a substitute.

• Won his first international cap in a UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier against San Marino on 7 February 2007 and scored his maiden goal for Ireland three and a half months later in a friendly against Bolivia in Boston.

• Became the focal point of the Reading attack following their relegation to the Championship and enjoyed a very productive 2010/11 campaign, scoring 21 goals in the regular season plus two in the promotion play-offs, only to be on the losing side in the Wembley final against Swansea City AFC; also struck three international goals during the season − against Russia, Norway and Uruguay.

• Left Reading for West Brom on a three-year deal in August 2011 and scored in the opening two Premier League fixtures − against Manchester United FC and Chelsea FC.

Last updated: 20/01/12 13.04CET

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Shane Long
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 22/01/1987 (28)
  • Country: Republic of Ireland
  • Squad number: 7
  • Club: Southampton ( ENG)

  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 81kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16
    • UEFA Europa League 2015/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Europa League (Third qualifying round)
    31/07/14: Trenčín 0-0 Hull
  • National team: UEFA European Under-19 Championship (Elite round)
    25/04/05: Poland 1-0 Republic of Ireland

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Republic of Ireland173
Republic of Ireland U-2110
Republic of Ireland U-1950

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 08/09/2015 01:12 CET