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Republic of Ireland team profile

Published: Wednesday 1 January 2014, 1.40CET
Ireland qualified for their first tournament in 1988, opening their campaign with a 1-0 win against England, but did not return to the EURO finals until 2012, when they lost all three games.

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Published: Wednesday 1 January 2014, 1.40CET

Republic of Ireland team profile

Ireland qualified for their first tournament in 1988, opening their campaign with a 1-0 win against England, but did not return to the EURO finals until 2012, when they lost all three games.

Best result: group stage 1988, 2012
Coach: Martin O'Neill
Leading scorer: 
all-time – Robbie Keane (67); current – Robbie Keane (67)
Most appearances: all-time – Robbie Keane (143); current – Robbie Keane (143)
Association formed: 1921
Nickname: Boys in Green
Where they play: Dublin Arena

The Republic of Ireland made their major tournament debut in 1988, memorably beating England and only just failing to pip eventual winners the Netherlands to the last four. Englishman Jack Charlton also steered them to the next two FIFA World Cups, the first of them, in Italy, bringing a place in the quarter-finals. A third World Cup was reached in 2002 but Ireland did not return to the UEFA European Championship until 2012, when Giovanni Trapattoni's side lost all three matches in a tough group.

Republic of Ireland: Top five qualifying goals

EURO predigree
Matches played
Overall:
P127 W51 D37 L39 F186 A147
Final tournament: P6 W1 D1 L4 F3 A11
Qualifying: P121 W50 D36 L35 F183 A136

Ireland qualified for their first major tournament in the 1988 UEFA European Championship, opening their campaign with a famous 1-0 win against England thanks to Ray Houghton's early header. They then held the Soviet Union 1-1 and Charlton's side were only edged out for a semi-final place in West Germany by an 82nd-minute goal for the Netherlands.

Ireland narrowly missed out on the final tournament in 1992 and lost play-offs to the Netherlands and Turkey in 1996 and 2000 respectively. They finished third in their qualifying groups for both 2004 and 2008 but made the 2012 finals; beaten to an automatic place by Russia, they defeated Estonia in the play-offs. They had performed consistently throughout, at one point going eight matches (friendlies included) without conceding, establishing a new national record. Trapattoni's side arrived in Poland and Ukraine 14 games unbeaten, but that was soon forgotten as they lost 3-1 to Croatia, 4-0 to Spain and 2-0 to Italy.

Memorable EURO matches
08/10/2015: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Germany, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
Martin O'Neill's side beat the reigning world champions thanks to Shane Long's 70th-minute strike.

12/06/1988: England 0-1 Republic of Ireland, 1988 UEFA European Championship group stage
Houghton's header ensured victory on Ireland's debut at a major tournament.

30/10/1974: Republic of Ireland 3-0 Soviet Union, 1976 UEFA European Championship qualifying
A Don Givens hat-trick at Dublin's Dalymount Park gave the Irish a memorable triumph.

Did you know?
Ireland made the two-legged 1964 quarter-finals but were beaten 7-1 on aggregate by Spain, who were to host and win the four-team finals.

*Last updated on 18/11/15

Last updated: 06/12/15 14.49CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 13/11/2016 13:16 CET
7 September 2014 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia1-2Republic of Ireland
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
05/31/2016 18:06:00
11 October 2014 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of Ireland7-0Gibraltar
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP) Stadium: Dublin Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
08/11/2016 10:41:55
14 October 2014 14 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Germany1-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
06/02/2016 09:20:28
14 November 2014 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Scotland1-0Republic of Ireland
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
05/16/2016 15:51:22
29 March 2015 29 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of Ireland1-1Poland
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Dublin Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
08/11/2016 10:42:01
13 June 2015 13 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of Ireland1-1Scotland
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Dublin Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
08/11/2016 10:42:01
4 September 2015 04 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Gibraltar0-4Republic of Ireland
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR)
01/08/2016 08:06:34
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of Ireland1-0Georgia
Referee: István Vad (HUN) Stadium: Dublin Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
08/11/2016 10:41:57
8 October 2015 08 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of Ireland1-0Germany
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Dublin Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
08/11/2016 10:41:57
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Poland2-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
01/08/2016 08:06:24
13 November 2015 13 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Bosnia and Herzegovina1-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/27/2016 14:54:08
16 November 2015 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Republic of Ireland2-0Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aggregate: 3-1 (agg: 3-1)
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Dublin Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
08/11/2016 10:42:03
Republic of Ireland1-1Sweden
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
06/16/2016 10:49:18
Belgium3-0Republic of Ireland
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
06/24/2016 09:08:16
Italy0-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:21:16
26 June 2016 26 Jun - UEFA EURO, Round of 16
France2-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Stade de Lyon, Décines (FRA)
08/25/2016 10:41:28
31 August 2016 31 Aug - Friendlies 2016-18
Republic of Ireland4-0Oman
Referee: not available Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
10/11/2016 17:08:31
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Serbia2-2Republic of Ireland
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade (SRB)
09/06/2016 09:40:52
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of Ireland1-0Georgia
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA) Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
10/07/2016 09:47:22
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Moldova1-3Republic of Ireland
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
10/10/2016 09:37:37
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Austria0-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/13/2016 12:17:00
24 March 2017 24 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of IrelandWales
Referee: TBD Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
11/28/2016 11:18:07
11 June 2017 11 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of IrelandAustria
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
2 September 2017 02 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
GeorgiaRepublic of Ireland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:32
5 September 2017 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of IrelandSerbia
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
6 October 2017 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of IrelandMoldova
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:42
9 October 2017 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
WalesRepublic of Ireland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

General info

  • Founded : 1921
  • Stadium : Aviva Stadium
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    16/11/1983, Republic of Ireland 8-0 Malta, Dublin
  • Biggest defeat:
    10/10/1971, Austria 6-0 Republic of Ireland, Linz
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 49
    Robbie Keane (IRL)
  • Top scorers: 23
    Robbie Keane (IRL)