Republic of Ireland at the UEFA European Football Championship

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The UEFA European Football Championship is the main football competition of the men's national football teams governed by UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations). Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UEFA European Nations Cup, changing to the current name in 1968. Starting with the 1996 tournament, specific championships are often referred to in the form "Euro 2008" or whichever year is appropriate. Prior to entering the tournament all teams other than the host nations (which qualify automatically) compete in a qualifying process.

The Republic of Ireland have participated in two UEFA European Football Championships finals, those held in 1988 and 2012. They have played six matches: winning one, drawing one and losing four. They have scored three goals and conceded eleven. In 2012, they equalled the worst performance by a team in European Championship history.[1] They finished bottom of their group and were the first team eliminated from the tournament following a 4-0 defeat in their second game.

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA Euro Championship record UEFA Euro Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
France 1960 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 4 Preliminary Round
Spain 1964 6 2 2 2 9 12 Quarter-Final
Italy 1968 6 2 1 3 5 8 3/4
Belgium 1972 6 0 1 5 3 17 4/4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 3 1 2 11 5 2/4
Italy 1980 8 2 3 3 9 8 3/5
France 1984 8 4 1 3 20 10 3/5
West Germany 1988 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 2 2 8 4 3 1 10 5 1/5
Sweden 1992 Did not qualify 6 2 4 0 13 6 2/4
England 1996 11 5 2 4 17 13 2/6 Lost Playoff
Belgium Netherlands 2000 10 5 3 2 15 7 2/5 Lost Playoff
Portugal 2004 8 3 2 3 10 11 3/5
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 4 5 3 17 14 3/7
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group Stage 16th 3 0 0 3 1 9 12 7 4 1 20 8 2/6 Won Playoff
Total 2/14 6 1 1 4 3 11 109 44 32 33 161 128

Republic of Ireland at Euro 88[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Ireland qualified for the finals after winning Group 7 of the qualifying tournament. A late goal by Scotland's Gary Mackay against Bulgaria in Sofia ensured that Ireland won the group ahead of Bulgaria.[2][3]

 Republic of Ireland squad[edit]

[4] Head coach: England Jack Charlton

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 1GK Packie Bonner (1960-05-24)24 May 1960 (aged 28) Scotland Celtic
2 2DF Chris Morris (1963-12-24)24 December 1963 (aged 24) Scotland Celtic
3 2DF Chris Hughton (1958-12-11)11 December 1958 (aged 29) England Tottenham Hotspur
4 2DF Mick McCarthy (1959-02-07)7 February 1959 (aged 29) Scotland Celtic
5 2DF Kevin Moran (1956-04-29)29 April 1956 (aged 32) England Manchester United
6 3MF Ronnie Whelan (1961-09-25)25 September 1961 (aged 26) England Liverpool
7 3MF Paul McGrath (1959-12-04)4 December 1959 (aged 28) England Manchester United
8 3MF Ray Houghton (1962-01-09)9 January 1962 (aged 26) England Liverpool
9 4FW John Aldridge (1958-09-18)18 September 1958 (aged 29) England Liverpool
10 4FW Frank Stapleton (1956-07-10)10 July 1956 (aged 31) England Derby County
11 3MF Tony Galvin (1956-07-12)12 July 1956 (aged 31) England Sheffield Wednesday
12 4FW Tony Cascarino (1962-09-01)1 September 1962 (aged 25) England Millwall
13 3MF Liam O'Brien (1964-09-05)5 September 1964 (aged 23) England Manchester United
14 4FW David Kelly (1965-11-25)25 November 1965 (aged 22) England Walsall
15 3MF Kevin Sheedy (1959-10-21)21 October 1959 (aged 28) England Everton
16 1GK Gerry Peyton (1956-05-20)20 May 1956 (aged 32) England Bournemouth
17 4FW John Byrne (1961-02-01)1 February 1961 (aged 27) France Le Havre
18 4FW John Sheridan (1964-10-01)1 October 1964 (aged 23) England Leeds United
19 2DF John Anderson (1959-10-07)7 October 1959 (aged 28) England Newcastle United
20 4FW Niall Quinn (1966-10-06)6 October 1966 (aged 21) England Arsenal

Tournament[edit]

Group B
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 5
 Netherlands 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 4
 Republic of Ireland 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 3
 England 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0
12 June 1988
15:30
England  0 – 1  Republic of Ireland
Report Houghton Goal 6'

15 June 1988
20:15
Republic of Ireland  1 – 1  Soviet Union
Whelan Goal 38' Report Protasov Goal 74'

18 June 1988
15:30
Republic of Ireland  0 – 1  Netherlands
Report Kieft Goal 82'
Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 60,800
Referee: Horst Brummeier (Austria)

Republic of Ireland at Euro 2012[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Ireland qualified for the finals after winning an unprecedented 5-1 aggregate play-off against Estonia of the qualifying tournament. A 4-0 victory away to Talinn and a 1-1 draw in Dublin ensured Ireland's qualification for UEFA Euro 2012.

 Republic of Ireland squad[edit]

Coach: Italy Giovanni Trapattoni

On 7 May 2012, Giovanni Trapattoni announced his 23-man squad list for Euro 2012, along with a five-man stand-by list.[5] Keith Fahey withdrew with a groin injury on 26 May and was replaced by Paul Green.[6] On 29 May 2012, Kevin Foley was replaced by Paul McShane.[7] The Ireland team was the only squad at the tournament to consist entirely of players from foreign leagues.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Shay Given (1976-04-20)20 April 1976 (aged 36) 121 0 England Aston Villa
2 2DF Sean St Ledger (1984-12-28)28 December 1984 (aged 27) 25 2 England Leicester City
3 3MF Stephen Ward (1985-08-20)20 August 1985 (aged 26) 10 2 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
4 2DF John O'Shea (1981-04-30)30 April 1981 (aged 31) 75 1 England Sunderland
5 2DF Richard Dunne (1979-09-21)21 September 1979 (aged 32) 71 8 England Aston Villa
6 3MF Glenn Whelan (1984-01-13)13 January 1984 (aged 28) 37 2 England Stoke City
7 4FW Aiden McGeady (1986-04-04)4 April 1986 (aged 26) 47 2 Russia Spartak Moscow
8 3MF Keith Andrews (1980-09-13)13 September 1980 (aged 31) 27 3 England West Bromwich Albion
9 4FW Kevin Doyle (1983-09-18)18 September 1983 (aged 28) 46 10 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
10 4FW Robbie Keane (c) (1980-07-08)8 July 1980 (aged 31) 115 53 United States Los Angeles Galaxy
11 3MF Damien Duff (1979-03-02)2 March 1979 (aged 33) 95 8 England Fulham
12 2DF Stephen Kelly (1983-09-06)6 September 1983 (aged 28) 29 0 England Fulham
13 2DF Paul McShane (1986-01-06)6 January 1986 (aged 26) 26 0 England Hull City
14 4FW Jonathan Walters (1983-09-20)20 September 1983 (aged 28) 5 1 England Stoke City
15 3MF Darron Gibson (1987-10-25)25 October 1987 (aged 24) 17 1 England Everton
16 1GK Keiren Westwood (1984-10-23)23 October 1984 (aged 27) 8 0 England Sunderland
17 3MF Stephen Hunt (1981-08-01)1 August 1981 (aged 30) 38 1 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
18 2DF Darren O'Dea (1987-02-04)4 February 1987 (aged 25) 13 0 Scotland Celtic
19 4FW Shane Long (1987-01-22)22 January 1987 (aged 25) 24 6 England West Bromwich Albion
20 4FW Simon Cox (1987-04-28)28 April 1987 (aged 25) 11 3 England West Bromwich Albion
21 3MF Paul Green (1983-04-10)10 April 1983 (aged 29) 10 1 England Derby County
22 3MF James McClean (1989-04-22)22 April 1989 (aged 23) 1 0 England Sunderland
23 1GK David Forde (1979-12-20)20 December 1979 (aged 32) 2 0 England Millwall

Tournament[edit]

Group C
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Italy 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
 Croatia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
 Republic of Ireland 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0

10 June 2012
20:45 UTC+2
Republic of Ireland  1-3  Croatia
St Ledger Goal 19' Report Mandžukić Goal 3'49'
Jelavić Goal 43'

14 June 2012
20:45 UTC+2
Spain  4-0  Republic of Ireland
Torres Goal 4'70'
Silva Goal 49'
Fàbregas Goal 83'
Report
PGE Arena, Gdańsk
Attendance: 39,150[9]
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)

18 June 2012
20:45 UTC+2
Italy  2-0  Republic of Ireland
Cassano Goal 35'
Balotelli Goal 90'
Report
Municipal Stadium, Poznań
Attendance: 38,794[10]
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonnell, Daniel (18 June 2012). "Trap sticks to tired but trusted formula". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Euro 1988 Football Championship - Irish Qualifying Campaign". soccer-Ireland.com. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Reeling in the years: Do you remember the day Ireland qualified for Euro 88?". thescore.ie. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Republic of Ireland Squad at 1988 Euro Finals". soccer-Ireland.com. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "McCarthy out as Trapattoni names Ireland squad". Union of European Football Associations. 7 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "UEFA EURO 2012 dream over for Ireland's Fahey". Union of European Football Associations. 26 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kevin Foley dropped from Republic of Ireland squad". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). 29 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Full-time report Republic of Ireland-Croatia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Full-time report Spain-Republic of Ireland" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Full-time report Italy-Republic of Ireland" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

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