Republic of Ireland at the FIFA World Cup

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The Republic of Ireland have appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on three occasions, in 1990, 1994 and 2002. They have always advanced from the first round. Ireland has the record for getting furthest in the tournament without winning a match.

Their first appearance in the finals was in Italy at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.[1][2][3][4][5] 1990 was also their best performance in a major championship, where they reached the quarter finals.[6][7][8]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Italy 1934 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 6 9 3/3
France 1938 2 0 1 1 5 6 2/2
Brazil 1950 4 1 1 2 6 7 2/3
Switzerland 1954 4 2 0 2 8 6 2/3
Sweden 1958 4 2 1 1 6 7 2/3
Chile 1962 4 0 0 4 3 17 3/3
England 1966 3 1 0 2 2 5 Lost Playoff
Mexico 1970 6 0 1 5 3 14 4/4
West Germany 1974 4 1 1 2 4 5 2/3
Argentina 1978 4 1 1 2 2 4 3/3
Spain 1982 8 4 2 2 17 11 3/5
Mexico 1986 8 2 2 4 5 10 4/5
Italy 1990 Quarter-finals 8th 5 0 4 1 2 3 8 5 2 1 10 2 2/5
United States 1994 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 2 4 12 7 4 1 19 6 2/7
France 1998 Did not qualify 12 5 4 3 25 11 2/6 Lost Playoff
South Korea Japan 2002 Round of 16 12th 4 1 3 0 6 3 12 8 3 1 25 6 2/6 Won Playoff
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 10 4 5 1 12 5 4/6
South Africa 2010 12 4 7 1 13 10 2/6 Lost Playoff
Brazil 2014 10 4 2 4 16 17 4/6
Russia 2018 12 5 5 2 13 11 2/6 Lost Playoff
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Quarter-finals 3/21 13 2 8 3 10 10 141 56 43 42 199 169
'*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.

Republic of Ireland at Italy 1990[edit]

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4
 Republic of Ireland 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
 Netherlands 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
 Egypt 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2

Note: Republic of Ireland awarded second place by drawing of lots

England  1 – 1  Republic of Ireland
Lineker Goal 8' (Report) Sheedy Goal 73'
Attendance: 35,238

Republic of Ireland  0 – 0  Egypt
(Report)
Attendance: 33,288

Netherlands  1 – 1  Republic of Ireland
Gullit Goal 10' (Report) Quinn Goal 71'
Attendance: 33,288

Knockout phase[edit]

Republic of Ireland  0 – 0 (a.e.t.)  Romania
(Report)
Penalties
Sheedy Penalty scored
Houghton Penalty scored
Townsend Penalty scored
Cascarino Penalty scored
O'Leary Penalty scored
5 – 4 Penalty scored Hagi
Penalty scored Lupu
Penalty scored Rotariu
Penalty scored Lupescu
Penalty missed Timofte
Attendance: 31,818

Italy  1 – 0  Republic of Ireland
Schillaci Goal 38' (Report)
Attendance: 73,303

Republic of Ireland at USA 1994[edit]

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Republic of Ireland 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Italy 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Norway 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Italy  0 – 1  Republic of Ireland
(Report) Houghton Goal 11'

Mexico  2 – 1  Republic of Ireland
García Goal 42' Goal 65' (Report) Aldridge Goal 84'
Attendance: 60,790

Republic of Ireland  0 – 0  Norway
(Report)

Knockout phase[edit]

Netherlands  2 – 0  Republic of Ireland
Bergkamp Goal 11'
Jonk Goal 41'
(Report)
Attendance: 61,355

Republic of Ireland at Korea/Japan 2002[edit]

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 2 1 0 11 1 +10 7
 Republic of Ireland 3 1 2 0 5 2 +3 5
 Cameroon 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 4
 Saudi Arabia 3 0 0 3 0 12 -12 0
Republic of Ireland  1 – 1  Cameroon
Holland Goal 52' (Report) Mboma Goal 39'
Attendance: 33,679
Referee: Japan Toru Kamikawa

Germany  1 – 1  Republic of Ireland
Klose Goal 19' (Report) Robbie Keane Goal 90+2'

Saudi Arabia  0 – 3  Republic of Ireland
(Report) Robbie Keane Goal 7'
Breen Goal 61'
Duff Goal 87'

Knockout phase[edit]

Spain  1 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Republic of Ireland
Morientes Goal 8' (Report) Robbie Keane Goal 90' (pen.)
Penalties
Hierro Penalty scored
Baraja Penalty scored
Juanfran Penalty missed
Valerón Penalty missed
Mendieta Penalty scored
3 – 2 Penalty scored Robbie Keane
Penalty missed Holland
Penalty missed Connolly
Penalty missed Kilbane
Penalty scored Finnan
Attendance: 38,926
Referee: Sweden Anders Frisk

Record players[edit]

Defender Steve Staunton has represented the Irish team in all of their 13 World Cup matches, captaining the team in 2002.

No. Name Matches World Cups
1 Steve Staunton 13 1990, 1994 and 2002
2 Pat Bonner 9 1990 and 1994
Ray Houghton 9 1990 and 1994
Paul McGrath 9 1990 and 1994
Andy Townsend 9 1990 and 1994
6 John Aldridge 8 1990 and 1994
7 Niall Quinn 7 1990 and 2002
8 Tony Cascarino 6 1990 and 1994
Gary Kelly 6 1994 and 2002
Jason McAteer 6 1994 and 2002

Top goalscorers[edit]

No. Name Goals World Cups
1 Robbie Keane 3 2002
2 Niall Quinn 1 1990
Kevin Sheedy 1 1990
John Aldridge 1 1994
Ray Houghton 1 1994
Gary Breen 1 2002
Damien Duff 1 2002
Matt Holland 1 2002

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1990 FIFA World Cup". Irish Independent. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ireland's Italia '90 squad - where are they now?". RTE Sport. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Niall Quinn: 'People can talk about the ramshackle Irish team, but we knew what the real story was'". Irish Examiner. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "24 World Cup memories we won't forget from Italia '90". The 42. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "On Second Thoughts: Italia 90". Guardian. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "11 iconic images that bring back memories of the Italia 90 good times". The 42. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Where are Ireland's Italia 90 dream team now?". The 42. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Italia '90". Irish Times. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 

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