Republic of Ireland at the UEFA European 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 three UEFA European Football Championships finals, those held in 1988, 2012 and 2016.[1][2]

They have played ten matches: winning two, drawing two and losing six. They have scored six goals and conceded sixteen. In 2012, they equalled the worst performance by a team in European Championship history.[3] 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
France 2016 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 3 5 12 6 4 2 20 8 3/6 Won playoff
Total 3/15 10 2 2 6 6 16 121 50 36 35 183 134

Euro 1988[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.[4][5]

Squad[edit]

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
England  0 – 1  Republic of Ireland
Report Houghton Goal 6'
Attendance: 51,573

Republic of Ireland  1 – 1  Soviet Union
Whelan Goal 38' Report Protasov Goal 74'
Attendance: 38,308

Republic of Ireland  0 – 1  Netherlands
Report Kieft Goal 82'
Attendance: 60,800

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 Tallinn and a 1-1 draw in Dublin ensured Ireland's qualification for UEFA Euro 2012.

Squad[edit]

On 7 May 2012, Giovanni Trapattoni announced his 23-man squad list for Euro 2012, along with a five-man stand-by list.[6] Keith Fahey withdrew with a groin injury on 26 May and was replaced by Paul Green.[7] On 29 May 2012, Kevin Foley was replaced by Paul McShane.[8] The Ireland team was the only squad at the tournament to consist entirely of players from foreign leagues.

Tournament[edit]

Group C
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7 Advance to knockout phase
2  Italy 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
3  Croatia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
4  Republic of Ireland 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Republic of Ireland  1-3  Croatia
St Ledger Goal 19' Report Mandžukić Goal 3'49'
Jelavić Goal 43'
Attendance: 39,550[9]

Spain  4-0  Republic of Ireland
Torres Goal 4'70'
Silva Goal 49'
Fàbregas Goal 83'
Report
Attendance: 39,150[10]

Italy  2-0  Republic of Ireland
Cassano Goal 35'
Balotelli Goal 90'
Report
Attendance: 38,794[11]

Euro 2016[edit]

Republic of Ireland announced their final squad on 31 May.[12] The group contained eight players who began their senior careers in Ireland's domestic league, the most for any Irish squad at a major tournament. Ireland began their campaign on 13 June at the Stade de France against Sweden. In the first half, John O'Shea almost got on the end of a set-piece in front of goal and Jeff Hendrick smashed the crossbar with a long range shot. The match was scoreless at half-time. In the 48th minute Séamus Coleman got down the right wing and crossed for Wes Hoolahan to catch the ball on the half volley with his right foot from twelve yards out to put Ireland in front.[13] In the 71st minute Zlatan Ibrahimović cut in on the left side and crossed dangerously with Ciaran Clark heading the ball into his own net from close range.[14] The match finished in a 1-1 draw.[15]

On 18 June, Ireland lost 3-0 to Belgium in their second group game in Bordeaux.[16] The match was 0-0 at half-time before Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the 48th minute with a low shot to the right corner. It was two nill in the 61st minute when Axel Witsel headed into the net from a Thomas Meunier cross from the right.[17] The third goal came in the 70th minute, again from Romelu Lukaku who finished easily with a low shot to the right of the goalkeeper after a break away from Eden Hazard on the right.[18]

On 22 June, Ireland defeated Italy 1-0 in their final group game to qualify for the knock-out stages and round of 16 match against France.[19] The only goal came in the 85th minute, a header by Robbie Brady after a cross from Wes Hoolahan on the right.[20][21]

On 26 June, Ireland played France in the round of 16 in Lyon.[22] They took an early lead in the 2nd minute when Robbie Brady scored with a penalty, shooting low to the right of the goalkeeper and in off the post, after Shane Long had been fouled by Paul Pogba.[23] Antoine Griezmann leveled the match in the 58th minute with a header after a cross from Bacary Sagna on the right and then scored a second three minutes later with a low shot to the goalkeepers left. Shane Duffy was sent-off in the 66th minutes when he fouled Griezmann as the last man.[24] France went on to win the game 2-1 to advance to the quarter-finals.[25]

Group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6 Advance to knockout phase
2  Belgium 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3  Republic of Ireland 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 4
4  Sweden 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Republic of Ireland  1–1  Sweden
Hoolahan Goal 48' Report Clark Goal 71' (o.g.)
Attendance: 73,419[26]

Belgium  3–0  Republic of Ireland
Report

Italy  0–1  Republic of Ireland
Report Brady Goal 85'

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16
France  2–1  Republic of Ireland
Griezmann Goal 58'61' Report Brady Goal 2' (pen.)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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