Republic of Ireland at the UEFA European Football Championship
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. 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
|UEFA Euro Championship record||UEFA Euro Championship Qualification record|
|1960||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||2||4||Preliminary Round|
|1992||Did not qualify||6||2||4||0||13||6||2/4|
|1996||11||5||2||4||17||13||2/6 Lost Playoff|
|2000||10||5||3||2||15||7||2/5 Lost Playoff|
|2012||Group Stage||16th||3||0||0||3||1||9||12||7||4||1||20||8||2/6 Won Playoff|
|UEFA Euro History|
|Year||Round||Score||Result||Republic of Ireland scorers|
|1988||Round 1||Republic of Ireland 1 – 0 England||Win||Ray Houghton 6'|
|Round 1||Republic of Ireland 1 – 1 Soviet Union||Draw||Ronnie Whelan 38'|
|Round 1||Republic of Ireland 0 – 1 Netherlands||Loss|
|2012||Round 1||Republic of Ireland 1 – 3 Croatia||Loss||Sean St Ledger 19'|
|Round 1||Spain 4 – 0 Republic of Ireland||Loss|
|Round 1||Italy 4 – 0 Republic of Ireland||Loss|
Republic of Ireland at Euro 88
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.
Republic of Ireland squad
- Group B
|Republic of Ireland||3||1||1||1||2||2||0||3|
12 June 1988
|England||0 – 1||Republic of Ireland|
15 June 1988
|Republic of Ireland||1 – 1||Soviet Union|
|Whelan 38'||Report||Protasov 74'|
18 June 1988
|Republic of Ireland||0 – 1||Netherlands|
Republic of Ireland at Euro 2012
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
Coach: 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. Keith Fahey withdrew with a groin injury on 26 May and was replaced by Paul Green. On 29 May 2012, Kevin Foley was replaced by Paul McShane. The Ireland team was the only squad at the tournament to consist entirely of players from foreign leagues.
- Group C
|Republic of Ireland||3||0||0||3||1||9||−8||0|
10 June 2012
|Republic of Ireland||1-3||Croatia|
|St Ledger 19'||Report||Mandžukić 3', 49'
14 June 2012
|Spain||4-0||Republic of Ireland|
|Torres 4', 70'
18 June 2012
|Italy||2-0||Republic of Ireland|
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