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:
The results obtained by Republic of Ireland:
||1 - 2||Ireland
||7 - 0||Gibraltar
||1 - 1||Ireland
||1 - 0||Ireland
||1 - 1||Poland
||1 - 1||Scotland
||0 - 4||Ireland
||1 - 0||Georgia
||1 - 0||Germany
||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:
||1 - 1||Ireland
The second leg:
||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)
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:
The top 5 players with the most goals: