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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 (62); current – Robbie Keane (62)
Most appearances: all-time – Robbie Keane (131); current – Robbie Keane (131)
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.

EURO predigree
Matches played
Overall:
P115 W45 D33 L37 F164 A139
Final tournament: P6 W1 D1 L4 F3 A11
Qualifying: P109 W44 D32 L33 F161 A128

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
11/11/2011: Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland, UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs

Trapattoni's side took a big step towards the finals with a commanding first-leg display.

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 07/01/14

Last updated: 13/02/14 23.29CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 12/09/2014 17:58 CET
Kazakhstan1-2Republic of Ireland
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU) – Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
04/18/2013 15:47:51
Republic of Ireland1-6Germany
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) – Stadium: Dublin Arena, Dublin (IRL)
04/18/2013 16:24:54
Faroe Islands1-4Republic of Ireland
Referee: Lorenc Jemini (ALB) – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
04/18/2013 15:48:22
Sweden0-0Republic of Ireland
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
05/28/2013 11:07:20
Republic of Ireland2-2Austria
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) – Stadium: Dublin Arena, Dublin (IRL)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Republic of Ireland3-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN) – Stadium: Dublin Arena, Dublin (IRL)
07/25/2013 09:18:26
Republic of Ireland1-2Sweden
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) – Stadium: Dublin Arena, Dublin (IRL)
09/11/2013 07:13:06
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Austria1-0Republic of Ireland
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
09/10/2013 21:35:28
Germany3-0Republic of Ireland
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL) – Stadium: Müngersdorfer Stadion, Cologne (GER)
12/16/2013 12:36:39
Republic of Ireland3-1Kazakhstan
Referee: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA) – Stadium: Dublin Arena, Dublin (IRL)
12/16/2013 12:36:53
Republic of Ireland2-0Oman
Referee: not available
09/04/2014 21:08:06
7 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia1-2Republic of Ireland
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi (GEO)
09/17/2014 17:08:53
11 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of IrelandGibraltar
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Dublin Arena, Dublin (IRL)
09/22/2014 11:07:18
14 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
GermanyRepublic of Ireland
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Stadion Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
09/23/2014 11:05:51
14 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
ScotlandRepublic of Ireland
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
09/05/2014 15:40:40
Republic of IrelandPoland
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:24
Republic of Ireland - England
Referee: TBD
09/04/2014 21:08:05
Republic of IrelandScotland
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:24
4 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
GibraltarRepublic of Ireland
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:45
7 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of IrelandGeorgia
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:39
8 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of IrelandGermany
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:39:44
11 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
PolandRepublic of Ireland
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:04

General info

  • Founded : 1921
  • Stadium : Dublin Arena
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016
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