Euro 2016 - Republic of Ireland team profile

Ireland have qualified for the third time to a final tournament of the European Championship. In the group stage they will face Belgium, Italy and Sweden.

Brief History at the Euros

In 1988 Republic of Ireland participated for the first time at a final tournament of the European Championship. Ireland finished third in their group behind the Soviet Union and Netherlands but ahead of England. In fact the only game Ireland won was against England 1-0, they draw against the Soviets 1-1 and lost to Netherlands 1-0.

The next time Republic of Ireland qualified to a Euro final tournament was in 2012. They were again eliminated in the group stage of the competition, finishing last in a group with Spain, Italy and Croatia. Ireland lost all three games 1-3 with Croatia, 4-0 with Spain and 2-0 with Italy.

Republic of Ireland road to Euro 2016

Republic of Ireland was part of group D along with Poland, Germany, Scotland, Georgia and Gibraltar. They finished third place three points behind second place Poland. They finished with 18 points winning five games, drawing three and losing two in their group.

The complete table:

# Team MP W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 Germany
10 7 1 2 24 9 +15 22
2 Poland
10 6 3 1 33 10 +23 21
3 Ireland
10 5 3 2 19 7 +12 18
4 Scotland
10 4 3 3 22 12 +10 15
5 Georgia
10 3 0 7 10 16 -6 9
6 Gibraltar
10 0 0 10 2 56 -54 0

The results obtained by Republic of Ireland:

Home Result Away
Georgia
1 - 2 Ireland
Ireland
7 - 0 Gibraltar
Germany
1 - 1 Ireland
Scotland
1 - 0 Ireland
Ireland
1 - 1 Poland
Ireland
1 - 1 Scotland
Gibraltar
0 - 4 Ireland
Ireland
1 - 0 Georgia
Ireland
1 - 0 Germany
Poland
2 - 1 Ireland

The third place meant that Ireland advanced to the play-off where they had to face Bosnia for a place at the Euro 2016 group stage.

The first leg:

Home Result Away
Bosnia
1 - 1 Ireland

The second leg:

Home Result Away
Ireland
2 - 0 Bosnia

After drawing 1-1 in Bosnia, Ireland won on home soil 2-0 in the second leg and qualified to the Euro with 3-1 aggregate win over Bosnia.

Republic of Ireland Euro 2016 squad and group

(Confirmed 23-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Stoke), Darren Randolph (West Ham), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)

Defenders:Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Derby), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Richard Keogh (Derby), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Shane Duffy (Blackburn), Stephen Ward (Burnley)

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Everton), James McClean (West Brom), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), David Meyler (Hull), Stephen Quinn (Reading), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Robbie Brady (Norwich), Jonathan Walters (Stoke)

Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich)

Group E
Belgium
Italy
Ireland
Sweden

Ireland will play against Sweden in the first round, the last time the two teams met was in the 2013 in the World Cup qualifiers and Sweden won 2-1.

The second game will be against Belgium. The last times the two teams met was back in 1997 in the World Cup qualifiers, one game finished draw 1-1 and the second game was won by Belgium 2-1.

Their third game will be with Italy, the last time the two teams met was in the 2014 in an international friendly and the game ended with a 0-0 draw.

Republic of Ireland All Time Records

The top 5 players with the most appearances:

# Name C
1 Robbie Keane 143
2 Shay Given 134
3 John O'Shea 111
4 Kevin Kilbane 110
5 Steve Staunton 102

The top 5 players with the most goals:

# Name G R
1 Robbie Keane 67 0.47
2 Niall Quinn 21 0.23
3 Frank Stapleton 10 0.18
4 Don Givens 19 0.34
4 John Aldridge 19 0.28

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