Darren O'Dea

  • Date of birth : 04/02/1987
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
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Darren O'Dea

Darren O'Dea

A defender from Dublin who started his career in Scotland with Celtic FC, Darren O'Dea has spent the last few seasons on loan with English second-tier clubs, during which he has become a regular member of the Republic of Ireland squad, starting four UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers.

• Joined Celtic from Dublin side Home Farm FC as a teenager and made his senior debut for the Glasgow giants in September 2006; also appeared three times in the UEFA Champions League that season as Celtic reached the round of 16.

• Won the Scottish Premier League title in each of his first two seasons but increasingly struggled to hold down a first-team place; made his mark in 2008/09, however, by scoring the opening goal in Celtic's extra-time 2-0 win against Rangers FC in the Scottish League Cup final.

• Spent the first half of the 2009/10 season on loan at Reading FC, during which he made his international debut in a September friendly against South Africa.

• Started both UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the away fixtures against Russia and Andorra, conceding just one goal in the four matches.

• Spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Ipswich Town FC and returned briefly to Celtic before being farmed out again, to Leeds United AFC.

Last updated: 20/01/12 16.10CET


UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Darren O'Dea
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 04/02/1987 (28)
  • Country: Republic of Ireland
  • Squad number: 0
  • Club: Dundee ( SCO)

  • Height: 185cm
  • Weight: 82kg

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
    06/12/06: København 3-1 Celtic
  • National team: UEFA European Under-17 Championship (First qualifying round)
    21/10/03: Republic of Ireland 1-2 Austria

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Republic of Ireland40
Republic of Ireland U-2150
Republic of Ireland U-19110
Republic of Ireland U-1730

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Metalurh Donetsk10
Last updated: 30/04/2015 17:06 CET