2011 Nations Cup

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2011 Nations Cup
Nations Cup (football) logo.jpg
Tournament details
Host country Republic of Ireland
City Dublin
Dates 8 February – 29 May 2011
Teams 4
Venue(s) Aviva Stadium
Final positions
Champions  Republic of Ireland (1st title)
Runners-up  Scotland
Third place  Wales
Fourth place  Northern Ireland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Goals scored 18 (3 per match)
Attendance 74,867 (12,478 per match)
Top scorer(s) Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane (3)

The 2011 Nations Cup (also known as the Carling Nations Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the inaugural round-robin football tournament between the Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales national teams.[1] The first set of two games were played in Dublin in February, with the remaining four games played in May 2011.[1][2][3] It was won by the Republic of Ireland, who won all three of their games without conceding a goal.[4][5]

Venue[edit]

The newly rebuilt Aviva Stadium was chosen to host all six games of the 2011 tournament.

Dublin
Aviva Stadium
Capacity: 51,700
Aviva Stadium(Dublin Arena).JPG

Match Officials[edit]

Referees

Standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Republic of Ireland 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9 9
 Scotland 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
 Wales 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
 Northern Ireland 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0

All times are local.

Fixtures[edit]

Republic of Ireland v Wales[edit]

8 February 2011
19:45
Republic of Ireland  3 – 0  Wales
Gibson Goal 60'
Duff Goal 67'
Fahey Goal 83'
Report
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 19,783
Referee: Mark Courtney (Northern Ireland)
GK 1 Shay Given (c)
CB 2 Sean St Ledger
LB 3 Ciaran Clark
RB 4 John O'Shea Substituted off 85'
CB 5 Richard Dunne
CM 6 Glenn Whelan Substituted off 76'
RM 7 Séamus Coleman Substituted off 59'
CM 8 Darron Gibson Substituted off 81'
CF 9 Kevin Doyle Substituted off 46'
CF 10 Jonathan Walters
LM 11 Damien Duff Substituted off 71'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Shane Long Substituted in 46'
MF 18 Keith Fahey Substituted in 59'
MF 13 Andy Keogh Substituted in 71'
MF 12 Paul Green Substituted in 76'
MF 14 Marc Wilson Substituted in 81'
DF 19 Darren O'Dea Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Italy Giovanni Trapattoni
GK 1 Wayne Hennessey
RB 2 Neal Eardley Substituted off 46'
LB 3 Sam Ricketts Substituted off 83'
CB 4 Danny Collins
CB 5 James Collins (c)
CM 6 Andrew Crofts
CM 7 David Vaughan Substituted off 61'
CM 8 Andy King
RF 9 Simon Church
CF 10 Robert Earnshaw Substituted off 80'
LF 11 Hal Robson-Kanu Substituted off 68'
Substitutions:
DF 13 Chris Gunter Substituted in 46'
MF 16 Joe Ledley Substituted in 61'
MF 15 Freddie Eastwood Substituted in 68'
FW 14 Jermaine Easter Substituted in 80'
DF 21 Lewin Nyatanga Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Wales Gary Speed

Northern Ireland v Scotland[edit]

9 February 2011
19:45
Northern Ireland  0 – 3  Scotland
Report Miller Goal 19'
McArthur Goal 31'
Commons Goal 51'
GK 1 Jonathan Tuffey (c)
RB 2 Rory McArdle Substituted off 46'
LB 3 Chris Baird
CM 4 Gareth McAuley
CB 5 Stephen Craigan Substituted off 66'
CB 6 Corry Evans
RM 7 Paddy McCourt
CM 8 Steven Davis Substituted off 58'
CF 9 Rory Patterson
CF 10 Grant McCann Substituted off 46'
LM 11 Niall McGinn Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
DF 13 Lee Hodson Substituted in 46'
FW 15 David Healy Substituted in 46'
MF 17 Oliver Norwood Substituted in 58'
MF 14 Adam Thompson Substituted in 66'
FW 16 Liam Boyce Substituted in 72'
Manager:
Northern Ireland Nigel Worthington
GK 1 Allan McGregor
RB 2 Alan Hutton
LB 3 Phil Bardsley Substituted off 58'
CB 4 Christophe Berra
CB 5 Steven Caldwell
CM 6 Charlie Adam Substituted off 58'
AM 7 James Morrison Substituted off 79'
RM 8 Steven Naismith Substituted off 58'
CF 9 Kenny Miller (c) Substituted off 87'
LM 11 Kris Commons Substituted off 72'
CM 13 James McArthur
Substitutions:
MF 15 Barry Bannan Substituted in 58'
DF 16 Mark Wilson Substituted in 58'
MF 20 Robert Snodgrass Substituted in 58'
MF 17 Craig Conway Substituted in 72'
FW 19 Chris Maguire Substituted in 79'
DF 14 Danny Wilson Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Scotland Craig Levein

Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland[edit]

24 May 2011
19:45
Republic of Ireland  5 – 0  Northern Ireland
Ward Goal 24'
Keane Goal 37'54' (pen.)
Cathcart Goal 45' (o.g.)
Cox Goal 80'
Report
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 15,083
Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)
GK 1 Shay Given Substituted off 72'
RB 2 Paul McShane
CB 4 Stephen Kelly
CB 5 Damien Delaney
LB 3 Stephen Ward
CM 6 Kevin Foley Substituted off 70'
RM 7 Séamus Coleman Substituted off 55'
CM 8 Keith Andrews
CF 9 Simon Cox
CF 10 Robbie Keane (c) Substituted off 62'
LM 11 Keith Treacy
Substitutions:
MF 13 Liam Lawrence Substituted in 55'
MF 12 Andy Keogh Substituted in 62'
MF 17 Stephen Hunt Substituted in 70'
GK 16 David Forde Substituted in 72'
Manager:
Italy Giovanni Trapattoni
GK 1 Alan Blayney
RB 2 Adam Thompson Red card 54'
LB 3 Lee Hodson
CB 4 Craig Cathcart
CB 5 Gareth McAuley (c)
RM 6 Sammy Clingan
CM 7 Josh Carson Substituted off 72'
CM 8 Steven Davis Substituted off 76'
CF 9 Josh McQuoid Substituted off 46'
CF 10 Warren Feeney Substituted off 72'
LM 11 Johnny Gorman Substituted off 56'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Oliver Norwood Substituted in 46'
DF 13 Colin Coates Substituted in 56'
MF 15 Niall McGinn Substituted in 72'
FW 16 Liam Boyce Substituted in 72'
MF 17 Robert Garrett Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Northern Ireland Nigel Worthington

Wales v Scotland[edit]

25 May 2011
19:45
Wales  1 – 3  Scotland
Earnshaw Goal 36' Report Morrison Goal 55'
Miller Goal 63'
Berra Goal 70'
GK 1 Boaz Myhill
RB 2 Neal Eardley Substituted off 61'
LB 3 Neil Taylor Substituted off 46'
CM 4 Owain Tudur Jones Substituted off 72'
CB 5 Craig Morgan
CB 6 Darcy Blake
CM 7 Andy Dorman Substituted off 61'
CM 8 Andy King Substituted off 61'
CF 9 Sam Vokes Substituted off 72'
CF 10 Robert Earnshaw (c)
CF 11 Jermaine Easter
Substitutions:
DF 13 Chris Gunter Substituted in 46'
MF 17 Aaron Ramsey Substituted in 61'
DF 18 Adam Matthews Substituted in 61'
MF 19 David Cotterill Substituted in 61'
MF 16 David Vaughan Substituted in 72'
FW 20 Steve Morison Substituted in 72'
Manager:
Wales Gary Speed
GK 1 Allan McGregor
RB 2 Steven Whittaker Substituted off 81'
LB 3 Stephen Crainey Substituted off 81'
CB 4 Christophe Berra
CB 5 Gary Caldwell Substituted off 84'
LM 6 James Morrison Substituted off 74'
CF 7 Ross McCormack Substituted off 74'
CM 8 Scott Brown
CF 9 Kenny Miller (c)
CM 10 Charlie Adam Substituted off 88'
RM 11 Steven Naismith
Substitutions:
MF 16 Barry Robson Substituted in 74'
MF 18 Barry Bannan Substituted in 74'
DF 14 Phil Bardsley Substituted in 81'
DF 20 Russell Martin Substituted in 81'
DF 22 Grant Hanley Substituted in 84'
MF 13 James McArthur Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Scotland Craig Levein

Wales v Northern Ireland[edit]

27 May 2011
19:45
Wales  2 – 0  Northern Ireland
Ramsey Goal 36'
Earnshaw Goal 69'
Report
GK 1 Wayne Hennessey Substituted off 74'
DF 2 Chris Gunter Substituted off 72'
DF 3 Neil Taylor
MF 4 Jack Collison Substituted off 61'
DF 5 Danny Collins
DF 6 Danny Gabbidon
AM 7 David Cotterill
CF 8 Craig Bellamy Substituted off 61'
CF 9 Steve Morison Substituted off 80'
MF 10 Aaron Ramsey (c) Substituted off 89'
MF 11 David Vaughan
Substitutions:
CF 17 Robert Earnshaw Substituted in 61'
MF 16 Owain Tudur Jones Substituted in 61'
DF 13 Adam Matthews Substituted in 72'
GK 12 Lewis Price Substituted in 74'
CF 18 Sam Vokes Substituted in 80'
MF 19 Andy Dorman Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Wales Gary Speed
GK 1 Jonathan Tuffey
DF 2 Lee Hodson
DF 3 Colin Coates
DF 4 Craig Cathcart Substituted off 61'
DF 5 Gareth McAuley (c)
MF 6 Oliver Norwood
MF 7 Josh Carson
MF 8 Robert Garrett Substituted off 75'
MF 9 Niall McGinn Substituted off 80'
FW 10 Warren Feeney Substituted off 72'
FW 11 Johnny Gorman
Substitutions:
MF 15 Stuart Dallas Substituted in 61'
FW 14 Liam Boyce Substituted in 72'
DF 13 Carl Winchester Substituted in 75'
FW 16 Jordan Owens Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Northern Ireland Nigel Worthington

Republic of Ireland v Scotland[edit]

29 May 2011
18:30
Republic of Ireland  1 – 0  Scotland
Keane Goal 23' Report
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 17,694
Referee: Mark Whitby (Wales)
GK 1 Shay Given
CB 2 Paul McShane Booked 42'
LB 3 Stephen Ward
RB 4 Stephen Kelly
CB 5 Darren O'Dea Substituted off 66'
CM 6 Keith Fahey Booked 48'
RM 7 Liam Lawrence Substituted off 62'
CM 8 Keith Andrews Booked 90'
CF 9 Simon Cox
CF 10 Robbie Keane (c) Substituted off 83'
LM 11 Stephen Hunt
Substitutions:
MF 13 Séamus Coleman Substituted in 62'
DF 12 Kevin Foley Booked 73' Substituted in 66'
MF 15 Keith Treacy Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Italy Giovanni Trapattoni
GK 1 Allan McGregor
RB 2 Steven Whittaker
LB 3 Phil Bardsley
CB 4 Christophe Berra
CB 5 Grant Hanley
RM 6 Barry Robson Substituted off 75'
LM 7 James Forrest Substituted off 85'
CM 8 Scott Brown
CF 9 Kenny Miller (c) Booked 76'
CM 10 Charlie Adam Booked 62' Substituted off 63'
CF 11 Steven Naismith
Substitutions:
MF 16 Barry Bannan Substituted in 63'
MF 19 Chris Maguire Substituted in 75'
FW 17 Ross McCormack Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Scotland Craig Levein

Scorers[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 goal (own goal)

Media coverage[edit]

Every match of the tournament was shown live on Sky Sports (also on Sky 3D), with the Wales matches simulcasted live with Welsh language commentary on S4C.[6]

Criticism[edit]

The Football Association of Ireland was criticised by the media, supporters and other football associations for setting high ticket prices. The 51,700-capacity Aviva Stadium was less than half-full for all of the games.[7][8] The game between Wales and Northern Ireland was attended by only 529 fans, many of whom were Scots who happened to be in Dublin for their country's game two days later.

Northern Ireland fans were criticised for singing sectarian chants at games.[9] During the game between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Republic fans booed "God Save the Queen", the national anthem of Northern Ireland, and Northern Ireland fans booed the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, as she greeted players before the game.[10][11] Scotland fans also booed "God Save the Queen", when playing Northern Ireland.[12]

Wales manager Gary Speed criticised the tournament organisers for scheduling Wales' games to be within three days of each other, the only team to suffer such timing. He also criticised the officiating in the game against Scotland, in which in his opinion several fouls on Welsh players went unpunished.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Forbes, Craig (13 August 2010). "England no great loss to Nations Cup, says Burley". The Scotsman (Johnston Press Digital Publishing). Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Dates Announced For 4 Associations' Tournament In Dublin 2011". faw.org.uk (Football Association of Wales). 25 March 2009. Archived from the original on 29 March 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "4 Associations Tournament Announced for Dublin 2011". fai.ie (Football Association of Ireland). 18 September 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Robbie Keane earns Ireland deciding win over Scotland in Nations Cup". Guardian. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Keane equals record and secures title". Irish Times. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Carling Nations Cup announces broadcast partnership with Sky Sports 3D". fai.ie (Football Association of Ireland). 17 December 2001. Archived from the original on 4 January 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Norn Iron fans set to stage Aviva boycott". JOE.ie. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ghost town expected at the Aviva Stadium". JOE.ie. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Anger at Sectarian songs after NI game". UTV. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Bragging rights for Republic". Examiner. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "As it happened: Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland". TheScore.ie. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Murray, Euan (9 February 2011). "Scotland sweep aside Northern Ireland in Nations Cup". The Guardian (London: Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Wales manager Gary Speed condemns Charlie Adam's challenge". The Guardian (London: Guardian News and Media). 26 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Wales are Carling Cup 'poor relations' says Gary Speed". BBC News (BBC). 25 May 2011. Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011.