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worldcup: Republic of Ireland - Wales Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2016/18 SeasonMatch press kits

Republic of IrelandRepublic of IrelandAviva Stadium - DublinFriday 24 March 2017
20.45CET (19.45 local time)
Group D - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
17/11/2007QR (GS)Wales - Republic of Ireland2-2CardiffKoumas 23, 89 (P); Keane 31, Doyle 60
24/03/2007QR (GS)Republic of Ireland - Wales1-0
DublinIreland 39
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Republic of Ireland11001010----135351613

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Squad list Only this chapter

Republic of Ireland - Squad list
Current season
-Colin Doyle12/06/198531Bradford - 0000
-Darren Randolph12/05/198729West Ham - 4000
-Keiren Westwood23/10/198432Sheff. Wednesday - 0000
-John O'Shea30/04/198135Sunderland - 2000
-Stephen Ward20/08/198531Burnley*3000
-Richard Keogh11/08/198630Derby - 1000
-Alex Pearce09/11/198828Derby - 0000
-Seamus Coleman11/10/198828Everton*4100
-John Egan20/10/199224Brentford - 0000
-Cyrus Christie30/09/199224Derby - 0000
-Glenn Whelan13/01/198433Stoke*4000
-Aiden McGeady04/04/198630Preston - 1000
-Jonny Hayes09/07/198729Aberdeen - 0000
-James McCarthy12/11/199026Everton - 2000
-Conor Hourihane02/02/199126Aston Villa - 0000
-David Meyler29/05/198927Hull - 2000
-James McClean22/04/198927West Brom - 4300
-Jeff Hendrick31/01/199225Burnley - 3100
-Daryl Horgan10/08/199224Preston - 0000
-Callum O'Dowda23/04/199521Bristol City - 1000
-Jon Walters20/09/198333Stoke*4000
-Kevin Doyle18/09/198333Colorado - 0000
-Shane Long22/01/198730Southampton - 3100
-Martin O'Neill01/03/195265 - 4000
Wales - Squad list
Current season
-Wayne Hennessey24/01/198730Crystal Palace - 4000
-Owain Fôn Williams17/03/198730Inverness - 0000
-Danny Ward22/06/199323Huddersfield - 0000
-James Collins23/08/198333West Ham - 1000
-Chris Gunter21/07/198927Reading - 4000
-Neil Taylor07/02/198928Aston Villa - 4000
-Jazz Richards12/04/199125Cardiff - 0000
-James Chester23/01/198928Aston Villa - 4000
-Joseph Walsh13/05/199224MK Dons - 0000
-Ashley Williams23/08/198432Everton*4000
-Ben Davies24/04/199323Tottenham*3000
-David Edwards03/02/198631Wolves - 3000
-Joe Ledley23/01/198730Crystal Palace*4000
-Shaun MacDonald17/06/198828Wigan - 0000
-Aaron Ramsey26/12/199026Arsenal - 1000
-Joe Allen14/03/199027Stoke*3200
-Andy King29/10/198828Leicester - 3000
-Gareth Bale16/07/198927Real Madrid*4400
-Sam Vokes21/10/198927Burnley - 4100
-Hal Robson-Kanu21/05/198927West Brom - 4000
-Tom Bradshaw27/07/199224Barnsley - 0000
-Harry Wilson22/03/199720Liverpool - 0000
-Ben Woodburn15/10/199917Liverpool - 0000
-Chris Coleman10/06/197046 - 4000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Martin O'Neill

Date of birth: 1 March 1952
Nationality: Northern Irish
Playing career: Lisburn Distillery FC, Nottingham Forest FC, Norwich City FC (twice), Manchester City FC, Notts County FC, Chesterfield FC, Fulham FC
Coaching career:
Grantham Town FC, Shepshed Charterhouse FC, Wycombe Wanderers FC, Norwich City FC, Leicester City FC, Celtic FC, Aston Villa FC, Sunderland AFC, Republic of Ireland

• The highlight of Northern Irish international O'Neill's playing career was winning the 1977/78 English title and 1979 and 1980 European Cups under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest (though he did not play in the first of those finals). He also appeared at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

• After injury ended O'Neill's career, he entered management with non-league Grantham, Shepshed and Wycombe, whom he led into the Football League for the first time in 1993 and a further promotion the next year.

• He left Wycombe for Norwich in June 1995 but within six months had gone to Leicester, whom he would guide into the Premier League, winning the 1997 and 2000 League Cups to earn two UEFA Cup campaigns.

• O'Neill was appointed by Celtic in summer 2000 and in five years at the helm landed three league titles and three Scottish Cups, the Scottish League Cup completing a 2000/01 treble. He also led them to the 2003 UEFA Cup final.

• Managed Aston Villa between 2006 and 2010, then Sunderland from 2011 to March 2013. O'Neill was appointed Ireland manager, to be assisted by fellow former Forest player Roy Keane, that November, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 via a play-off win against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Agreed to stay on until the 2018 FIFA World Cup before the finals, where Ireland were eliminated by hosts France in the last 16.



Chris Coleman

Date of birth: 10 June 1970
Nationality: Welsh
Playing career: Manchester City FC, Swansea City AFC, Crystal Palace FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Fulham FC
Coaching career: Fulham FC, Real Sociedad de Fútbol, Coventry City FC, Larissa FC, Wales

• A solid defender, Coleman came through the youth ranks at Manchester City but started his career in earnest with home-town team Swansea, where he won Welsh Cups in 1989 and 1991.

• Picked up the first of 32 caps for Wales while at Crystal Palace, where he occasionally served as a makeshift striker, before joining then reigning English champions Blackburn in 1995 for an injury-ravaged two-year stay.

• A broken leg sustained in a car crash in 2001 when Coleman was playing for Fulham effectively ended his playing days, but he was brought on to the club's coaching staff, taking the top job after a successful stint as caretaker in 2003.

• After leaving Fulham in 2007, Coleman headed abroad to manage first Real Sociedad and then Larissa either side of a spell at Coventry.

• Hired as Wales manager in January 2012 following the death of former team-mate Gary Speed, Coleman signed a two-year extension in November 2013, and was rewarded by guiding the side to UEFA EURO 2016 – their first major tournament since 1958. Even better was to come in France, as Wales upset the odds by reaching the semi-finals, their best-ever performance in a major finals.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeNicola Rizzoli (ITA)
  • Assistant refereesLorenzo Manganelli (ITA) , Filippo Meli (ITA)
  • Fourth officialDavide Massa (ITA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerBernd Barutta (GER)
  • Referee observerItchko Lozev (BUL)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Nicola Rizzoli05/10/1971787

Nicola Rizzoli

Referee since: 1988
First division: 2001
FIFA badge: 2007

Tournaments: UEFA EURO 2016, 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, UEFA EURO 2012, 2011 FIFA Club World Cup

2014 FIFA World Cup
2013 UEFA Champions League
2010 UEFA Europa League

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
12/10/2012WCQRRepublic of IrelandGermany1-6Dublin

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
12/10/2012WCQRRepublic of IrelandGermany1-6Dublin
13/06/2015EUROQRRepublic of IrelandScotland1-1Dublin
26/06/2016EUROR16FranceRepublic of Ireland2-1Lyon

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Republic of Ireland

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group D - Group Standings
    Republic of Ireland43107310
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Serbia 2-2 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 Hendrick 3, 1-1 Kostić 62, 2-1 Tadić 69 (P) , 2-2 Murphy 81
    Randolph, Coleman, O'Shea, Keogh, Whelan, Long (91 Clark), Brady, McClean, Hendrick (75 Murphy), Ward (70 Quinn), Walters
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Republic of Ireland 1-0 Georgia
    1-0 Coleman 56
    Randolph, Coleman, Clark, Duffy, McCarthy, Long (94 O'Shea), Brady (79 Whelan), McClean, Hendrick, Ward, Walters
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Moldova 1-3 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 Long 2, 1-1 Bugaev 45+1, 1-2 McClean 69, 1-3 McClean 76
    Randolph, Coleman, Clark, Whelan, Duffy, McCarthy (80 Meyler), Long (63 O'Dowda), McClean, Hoolahan (86 O'Kane), Ward, Walters
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Austria 0-1 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 McClean 48
    Randolph, Coleman, Clark, Whelan (24 Meyler), Arter, Brady, McClean (85 McGeady), Hendrick, Hoolahan (78 McGoldrick), Duffy, Walters
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Wales
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Austria
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Georgia-Republic of Ireland
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Serbia
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Moldova
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Wales-Republic of Ireland


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Wales 4-0 Moldova
    1-0 Vokes 38, 2-0 Allen 44, 3-0 Bale 51, 4-0 Bale 90+5 (P)
    Hennessey, Gunter, N. Taylor, Davies, Chester, A. Williams (82 Collins), Allen, King, Bale, Ledley (67 Huws), Vokes (75 Robson-Kanu)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Austria 2-2 Wales
    0-1 Allen 22, 1-1 Arnautović 28, 1-2 Wimmer 45+1 (og) , 2-2 Arnautović 48
    Hennessey, Gunter, N. Taylor (91 Huws), Davies, Chester, A. Williams, Allen (56 Edwards), King, Bale, Ledley, Vokes (77 Robson-Kanu)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Wales 1-1 Georgia
    1-0 Bale 10, 1-1 Okriashvili 57
    Hennessey, Gunter, N. Taylor (70 Cotterill), Davies, Chester, A. Williams, King (61 Robson-Kanu), Bale, Edwards, Ledley (73 Huws), Vokes
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Wales 1-1 Serbia
    1-0 Bale 30, 1-1 A. Mitrović 86
    Hennessey, Gunter, N. Taylor, Chester, A. Williams, Allen, Robson-Kanu (68 Lawrence), Ramsey, Bale, Ledley (84 Edwards), Vokes
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Wales
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Wales-Republic of Ireland

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
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