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Republic of Ireland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Boys In Green
Association Football Association of Ireland
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Giovanni Trapattoni
Asst coach Marco Tardelli
Liam Brady
Captain Robbie Keane
Most caps Shay Given (103)
Kevin Kilbane (103)
Top scorer Robbie Keane (41)
Home stadium Croke Park (temporary)
Aviva Stadium (future)
FIFA code IRL
FIFA ranking 39
Highest FIFA ranking 6 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking 57 (November 1998)
Elo ranking 31
Highest Elo ranking 8 (April 2002, June 2002)
Lowest Elo ranking 67 (May 1972)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Republic of Ireland Irish Free State 1 - 0 Bulgaria 
(Colombes, France; 28 May 1924)
Biggest win
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 8 - 0 Malta Malta
(Dublin, Ireland; 16 November 1983)
Biggest defeat
Brazil Brazil 7 - 0 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
(Uberlândia, Brazil; 27 May 1982)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1990)
Best result Quarter finals, 1990
European Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 1988)
Best result Group stage, 1988

The Republic of Ireland national football team represents the Irish Republic in Association Football. It is run by the Football Association of Ireland and currently plays home fixtures at Croke Park in Dublin.

The team made its debut at the 1924 Olympics reaching the quarter finals. Between 1924 and 1936 the team competed as the Irish Free State and from then until 1950 it was referred to by the FAI as "Eire" or Ireland. In 1953, FIFA decreed that for competitive matches in tournaments which both Irish teams may enter, the FAI team be officially called the Republic of Ireland while the IFA team was to be named Northern Ireland.(The IFA was still entitled to use the name "Ireland" for British Championship and Friendly internationals, which they did for another couple of decades. Meanwhile the FAI team was often popularly referred to as "Eire").

Under the guidance of Jack Charlton and his successor Mick McCarthy the team enjoyed its most successful era, qualifying for Euro 88, reaching the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup and making the last sixteen at both the 1994 and 2002 World Cups.

The side was the first team from outside the UK to defeat England on home soil, at a fixture played at Goodison Park, Liverpool, in 1949. The team also reached the quarter-finals of the 1964 European Nations' Cup.

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History

Irish Free State

Between 1882 and 1924 Ireland was represented by a single national football team organised by the Belfast - based Irish Football Association. Then in 1920 Ireland was partitioned into Northern Ireland and The Irish Free State (the latter in turn becoming the Republic of Ireland after adopting a new Constitution in 1949). Following the initial political upheavals surrounding Partition, a Dublin-based organisation calling itself the Football Association of the Irish Free State (FAIFS) split from the IFA in 1921 and began organising its own league and national football team.

In 1923 the FAIFS was recognised by FIFA as the governing body of the Irish Free State [1] and at the 1924 Olympics, the Irish Free State made their international debut. On 28 May at the Stade Olympique, they beat Bulgaria 1–0, with Paddy Duncan scoring the team's first ever goal. As a result of this they qualified for the quarter-finals. [2] [3] On 14 June 1924, the Irish Free State made their home debut against the United States, who had embarked on a brief European tour after competing in the same Olympics. Ed Brookes scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 home win at Dalymount Park. [4]

The Irish Free State did not play their next game until 21 March 1926. This was an away game against Italy which they lost 3–0. In subsequent years the status of the Olympic Games football competition was downgraded and as a result this game is widely regarded as the Irish Free State's first official game. On 25 February 1934 the Irish Free State made their World Cup debut, drawing 4–4 with Belgium at Dalymount Park in a qualifier. Paddy Moore scored all four of the Free State’s goals and became the first player ever to score four goals in a World Cup game.

Republic of Ireland

Immediately after Partition, the Association in Dublin styled itself the "Football Association of Ireland", but changed to the "Football Association of the Irish Free State" ("FAIFS") following its admission to FIFA in 1924, at which time its representative team called itself the "Irish Free State" . However after 1936, they reverted to the designation "Football Association of Ireland" and began to refer to their team as Eire or "Ireland". During this whole period, there were two Irish international football teams, chosen by two rival Associations. Both Associations, the Northern Ireland - based IFA and the Irish Free State - based FAI claimed jurisdiction over the whole of Ireland and considered themselves entitled to select players from the whole island. At least thirty-eight dual internationals were selected to represent both teams [5], however the overwhelming majority of these were Southerners who also agreed to play for the IFA team, with only a bare handful "crossing the border" in the other direction. FIFA eventually intervened when both teams entered the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the first time they had entered the same competition. Four players – Tom Aherne, Reg Ryan, Davy Walsh and Con Martin – actually played for the two different teams in the same FIFA World Cup tournament.[6] All four players concerned had been born in the the Irish Free State and made their full international debut in FAI colours before agreeing to represent the IFA team. This may have alarmed the FAI, since they subsequently lobbied FIFA to prevent the IFA from picking Southern-born players (as well as attempting to exert pressure on the players themselves, sometimes through their clubs). FIFA's response was to restrict players' eligibility on the basis of the (political) border, further ruling in 1953 that neither team could be referred to as Ireland in competitions which both teams were eligible to enter i.e. initially the World Cup and subsequently the European Nations Cup (now the European Championships). FIFA decreed that the FAI team be officially called the Republic of Ireland while the IFA team was to be named Northern Ireland [7]. The FAI ended their use of the name Ireland for their team against Luxembourg on 7 March 1954[citation needed].

Competitive history

A 2–0 win over England at Goodison Park on 21 September 1949, was the first time England suffered a home defeat by a team outside the Home Countries of Scotland, Wales and the Ireland team run by the Belfast based Irish FA.

The 1958 World Cup qualifiers saw the Republic of Ireland drawn with England. In their home game against England, Alf Ringstead put the hosts 1-0 up before John Atyeo equalised in the last minute to salvage a 1–1 draw for England. Under the rules of the day, a win for the Republic of Ireland would have meant a play-off with England for a place in the World Cup.

After reaching the quarter-finals of the 1964 European Nations' Cup, the Republic of Ireland were drawn to face Spain and Syria in the 1966 World Cup qualifiers. Despite Syria's withdrawal, this was still considered a qualifying group with the Irish winning 1–0 at home and losing 4–1 away. This meant a play-off in Paris, which Spain won 1–0 to take their place in the 1966 World Cup. The play-off was originally scheduled to take place at Wembley Stadium in London, home to a large Irish diaspora, but the FAI agreed with the Spanish FA to have the match moved to Paris, where a large Spanish diaspora lived.[8]

A run of poor results in the late 1960s and early 1970s followed until Johnny Giles became player-manager in the 1970s. This was followed by the debut of a young Liam Brady and results improved markedly. The side missed out on the 1978 World Cup by only 2 points, having defeated France at home.

Eoin Hand took over as manager for the 1982 World Cup qualifiers, and once more the Republic of Ireland narrowly missed out on qualification, this time on goal difference behind France who they had defeated at home once more. Disappointing qualifying campaigns for both the 1984 European Championship and 1986 World Cup followed, ending Eoin Hand's time in charge.

In the late 1980s the Republic of Ireland appointed Jack Charlton, a top rated English manager and World Cup winner as a player. He had recently built Middlesbrough into a side which provided many players to the Liverpool team of the time. He influenced changes in the Republic of Ireland team which went on to produce a comparatively successful spell of its history, qualifying for two World Cups and a European Championship.[9]

Ireland's first appearance at a major finals tournament came in Euro '88, with qualification being secured through Gary Mackay's famous goal in Sofia that meant Scotland beat Bulgaria 1-0 and left Ireland on top of the group. In the finals in West Germany, Ireland beat England 1–0 in Stuttgart with a header from Ray Houghton, drew 1–1, scorer Ronnie Whelan with Russia in Hannover and lost to Holland 1–0 in Gelsenkirchen, coming within 8 minutes of a draw that would have meant a semi-final place.

The Republic of Ireland's longest competitive winning streak was achieved in 1989 during the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. Five games against Spain, Northern Ireland, Hungary and Malta twice, were all wins for the Irish. Subsequently the side made it to Italia '90. Three draws n the group stage against England, Egypt and Holland was enough to make the last 16. Virtually the whole country watched as they beat Romania on penalties with Packie Bonner making a vital save and David O'Leary scoring the decisive spot-kick. Ireland were then beaten 1–0 by Italy in the quarter final in the Olympic Stadium, Rome. During the tournament the team had an audience with Pope John Paul II, and were the only team to do so.[citation needed]

Despite missing out on the 1992 European Championships, the Republic of Ireland qualified for USA '94, beating an opponent from the last World Cup, Italy, in their opening game. The side made it to the second round, eventually losing 2–0 to Netherlands. After the Republic of Ireland narrowly missed out on Euro '96, Jack Charlton was replaced by Mick McCarthy but still missed out on the next two major tournaments. McCarthy did manage to lead the side to Japan and Korea in 2002, despite the absence of inspirational captain Roy Keane due to their infamous public spat. The Irish once again going out in the round of 16, only losing on penalties to Spain after Robbie Keane's last minute equalizer forced the game into extra time.

After a poor start to qualifying for Euro 2004, McCarthy was replaced by Brian Kerr but he also struggled to guide the side to the tournament or the following World Cup in Germany. Kerr was then replaced by Steve Staunton in early 2006. Under Staunton, results varied widely but the team still failed to qualify for Euro 2008 and Staunton lost the position in late 2007. Giovanni Trapattoni was then appointed following a spell with assistant coach Don Givens in charge. Trapattoni went through all ten 1st round 2010 World Cup qualifying games unbeaten, winning four of the ten games. [10] Ireland lost out on a place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup after losing to France in the play offs. Ireland went down 0–1 in the first leg, and lost 2–1 on aggregate after William Gallas scored a controversial goal in extra time in the second leg after Thierry Henry had handballed before crossing the ball. [11]

Stadium

Lansdowne Road and Aviva Stadium

Since the 1980s, most home matches have been played at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, the national rugby stadium owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU). The ground has been closed for redevelopment since 2007, with the replacement ground, Aviva Stadium, now set to open in April 2010.[12] Unlike Lansdowne Road, Aviva Stadium will be jointly owned by the IRFU and FAI. The first football international played there was a friendly against Italy in 1971; a 5-0 victory over San Marino in a Euro 2008 qualifying match on 15 November 2006 was the last game there before the reconstruction. The all-seater capacity of Lansdowne Road prior to the renovation was 36,000, although higher attendances, using the standing only areas, were permitted for friendly matches. Aviva Stadium's status as an all-seater will increase capacity for competitive games to 50,000.

Croke Park

Croke Park

With the announcement of the rebuilding of Lansdowne Road, a new venue was required to stage the Republic of Ireland's home internationals. The only stadium in Ireland deemed suitable to stage international football was the 82,500 capacity Croke Park, home of the Gaelic Athletic Association. To accommodate this, the GAA temporarily relaxed its rule governing the playing of "foreign" games on its property. Initially, four Euro 2008 qualifiers were played at Croke Park in 2007 resulting in two wins and two draws. The GAA initially agreed to allow the FAI use until the end of 2008, and later extended the permission until the completion of Aviva Stadium. The Hill 16 end of Croke Park is a terrace, which means like Lansdowne Road before it, the capacity of the stadium is reduced to around 74,500 for competitive matches as temporary seating must be used.

Other venues

Prior to the 1980s, the Republic of Ireland played most home games at Dalymount Park, home of Bohemian FC, but progressively more games were played at Lansdowne following a safety review which reduced Dalymount's capacity. The last international match played there was against Morocco in 1990. The Republic of Ireland has also played home matches in Tolka Park (twice) and the RDS Arena in Dublin as well at the Mardyke and Flower Lodge grounds in Cork, and in 2009 played 2 friendly games in Thomond Park in Limerick. Two further friendlies are scheduled for the RDS Arena in May 2010.

Kit

Traditionally, the team plays in a home strip of green shirt, white shorts and green socks. The second strip is usually the reverse of these colours, although there have been exceptions, such as an orange shirt in the late 1990s.

Currently, the kit is supplied by Umbro, and has been since 1995. In March 2009, Umbro signed a deal with the FAI to keep them as kit suppliers to the team until the year 2020.

Previously O'Neills and Adidas made the team's kit. Shirts carry the logo of Irish telecommunications company Eircom across the chest as per terms of a sponsorship agreement, but in tournaments, this advertising is absent.

Squad numbers are either white with an orange trim, as is the case with the home shirts, or green with an orange trim. At the bottom of the numbering there is a logo of the FAI.

There is also a limited edition grey shirt available. The team have only ever used it once and that was in a 2-2 draw with Wales on 17 November 2007.

Media Coverage

Games are currently broadcasted by RTÉ. Controversially, the FAI had sold rights to SKY Sports, a channel that is not available terrestrially in the Republic of Ireland. Eventually the FAI was forced to let RTE to continue it's broadcasts.

Results and fixtures

Schedule and recent results

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Date Venue Opponent Competition Score Irish scorers (International goal)
28 March 2009 Republic of Ireland Croke Park, Dublin  Bulgaria WCQ G8 1–1 D Richard Dunne (6)
1 April 2009 Italy Stadio San Nicola, Bari  Italy WCQ G8 1–1 D Robbie Keane (38)
29 May 2009 England Craven Cottage, London  Nigeria Friendly 1–1 D Robbie Keane (39)
6 June 2009 Bulgaria Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia  Bulgaria WCQ G8 1–1 D Richard Dunne (7)
12 August 2009 Republic of Ireland Thomond Park, Limerick  Australia Friendly 0–3 L
5 September 2009 Cyprus GSP Stadium, Nicosia  Cyprus WCQ G8 2–1 W Kevin Doyle (7) Robbie Keane (40)
8 September 2009 Republic of Ireland Thomond Park, Limerick  South Africa Friendly 1-0 W Liam Lawrence (1)
10 October 2009 Republic of Ireland Croke Park, Dublin  Italy WCQ G8 2–2 D Glenn Whelan (2) Sean St. Ledger (1)
14 October 2009 Republic of Ireland Croke Park, Dublin  Montenegro WCQ G8 0–0D
14 November 2009 Republic of Ireland Croke Park, Dublin  France WCQ Play off 0–1L
18 November 2009 France Stade de France, Paris  France WCQ Play off 1–1 D Robbie Keane (41)
2 March 2010 England Emirates Stadium, London  Brazil Friendly 0–2 L
25 May 2010 Republic of Ireland RDS Arena, Dublin  Paraguay Friendly [TBA]
29 May 2010 Republic of Ireland RDS Arena, Dublin  Algeria Friendly [TBA]
14 August 2010 Republic of Ireland Aviva Stadium, Dublin  Argentina Friendly [TBA]

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 10 7 3 0 18 7 +11 24
 Republic of Ireland 10 4 6 0 12 8 +4 18
 Bulgaria 10 3 5 2 17 13 +4 14
 Cyprus 10 2 3 5 14 16 −2 9
 Montenegro 10 1 6 3 9 14 −5 9
 Georgia 10 0 3 7 7 19 −12 3
  Bulgaria Cyprus Georgia (country) Italy Montenegro Republic of Ireland
Bulgaria  2 – 0 6 – 2 0 – 0 4 – 1 1 – 1
Cyprus  4 – 1 2 – 1 1 – 2 2 – 2 1 – 2
Georgia  0 – 0 1 – 1 0 – 2 0 – 0 1 – 2
Italy  2 – 0 3 – 2 2 – 0 2 – 1 1 – 1
Montenegro  2 – 2 1 – 1 2 – 1 0 – 2 0 – 0
Republic of Ireland  1 – 1 1 – 0 2 – 1 2 – 2 0 – 0

After finishing as runners-up in the group stage, Ireland were drawn to play France in a play-off over two legs. Ireland lost 2-1 on aggregate after extra time. The winning goal drew controversy after replays showed Sebastien Squillaci offside and in the line of play, and Thierry Henry controlling the ball twice with his forearm and hand before passing to William Gallas to score the winning goal. Desperate protests from Irish players were waved away by the referee. The FAI lodged an official appeal to FIFA, which was denied.[13][14]

UEFA Euro 2012

For the qualification to UEFA Euro 2012, Ireland were drawn into placed in the the third, which was based upon the UEFA national team coefficients as of the end of the qualification for the 2010 World Cup. They were drawn into Group B with Russia, Slovakia, Macedonia, Armenia, and Andorra.[15][16]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Republic of Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Macedonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Armenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Andorra 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1986 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1990 Quarter-finals 8 5 0 4 1 2 3
United States 1994 Second round 15 4 1 1 2 2 4
1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2002 Second Round 12 4 1 3 0 6 3
2006 to 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 3/19 - 13 2 8 3 10 10
FIFA World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1990 Round 1  Republic of Ireland 1 – 1  England Draw
Round 1  Republic of Ireland 0 – 0  Egypt Draw
Round 1  Republic of Ireland 1 – 1  Netherlands Draw
Round 2  Republic of Ireland 0(5) – 0(4)  Romania Draw
Quarter-finals  Republic of Ireland 0 – 1  Italy Loss
1994 Round 1  Republic of Ireland 1 – 0  Italy Win
Round 1  Republic of Ireland 1 – 2  Mexico Loss
Round 1  Republic of Ireland 0 – 0  Norway Draw
Round 2  Republic of Ireland 0 – 2  Netherlands Loss
2002 Round 1  Republic of Ireland 1 – 1  Cameroon Draw
Round 1  Republic of Ireland 1 – 1  Germany Draw
Round 1  Republic of Ireland 3 – 0  Saudi Arabia Win
Round 2  Republic of Ireland 1(2) – 1(3)  Spain Draw

UEFA European Championship record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1960 to 1984 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
West Germany 1988 Group Stage 5 3 1 1 1 2 2
1992 to 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 1/13 - 3 1 1 1 2 2
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
UEFA Euro History
Year Round Score Result
1988 Round 1  Republic of Ireland 1 – 0  England Win
Round 1  Republic of Ireland 1 – 1  Soviet Union Draw
Round 1  Republic of Ireland 0 – 1  Netherlands Loss

Staff

Current squad

The following squad was named on 22 February 2010 for the international friendly against Brazil. Caps and goals updated as March 2, 2010

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Shay Given 20 April 1976 (1976-04-20) (age 33) 103 0 England Manchester City
GK Joe Murphy 21 August 1981 (1981-08-21) (age 28) 1 0 England Scunthorpe United
GK Keiren Westwood 23 October 1984 (1984-10-23) (age 25) 2 0 England Coventry City
DF Greg Cunningham 31 January 1991 (1991-01-31) (age 19) 0 0 England Manchester City
DF Richard Dunne 21 September 1979 (1979-09-21) (age 30) 58 7 England Aston Villa
DF Kevin Foley 1 November 1984 (1984-11-01) (age 25) 1 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
DF Stephen Kelly 6 September 1983 (1983-09-06) (age 26) 17 0 England Fulham
DF Kevin Kilbane 1 February 1977 (1977-02-01) (age 33) 103 7 England Hull City
DF Paul McShane 6 January 1986 (1986-01-06) (age 24) 21 0 England Hull City
DF Sean St Ledger 28 December 1984 (1984-12-28) (age 25) 11 1 England Preston North End
DF Marc Wilson 17 August 1987 (1987-08-17) (age 22) 0 0 England Portsmouth
MF Keith Andrews 13 September 1980 (1980-09-13) (age 29) 14 1 England Blackburn Rovers
MF Damien Duff 2 March 1979 (1979-03-02) (age 31) 82 7 England Fulham
MF Darron Gibson 25 October 1987 (1987-10-25) (age 22) 10 0 England Manchester United
MF Stephen Hunt 1 August 1981 (1981-08-01) (age 28) 25 1 England Hull City
MF Liam Lawrence 14 December 1981 (1981-12-14) (age 28) 7 1 England Stoke City
MF James McCarthy 12 November 1990 (1990-11-12) (age 19) 2 0 England Wigan Athletic
MF Aiden McGeady 4 April 1986 (1986-04-04) (age 23) 33 0 Scotland Celtic
MF Glenn Whelan 13 January 1984 (1984-01-13) (age 26) 19 2 England Stoke City
FW Leon Best 19 September 1986 (1986-09-19) (age 23) 8 0 England Newcastle United
FW Kevin Doyle 18 September 1983 (1983-09-18) (age 26) 34 7 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
FW Robbie Keane 8 July 1980 (1980-07-08) (age 29) 97 41 Scotland Celtic
FW Shane Long 22 January 1987 (1987-01-22) (age 23) 11 3 England Reading

Managers

Between 1921 and 1969 a committee of selectors chose the team, on occasions a coach or team manager was appointed; Mick Meagan was the first manager to actually select the team. Managers from the periods in which the national side was known as the Irish Free State or simply Ireland are obscure and many are not current known, however it is known that Val Harris and Bill Lacey managed the side in the 1930s. Below is a list of managers from 1951 onwards, around the time when the national side became known as the Republic of Ireland:

Manager Career Played Won Drawn Lost Win % Loss %
Scotland Livingstone, DougDoug Livingstone 1951 - 1953
Republic of Ireland Stevenson, AlexAlex Stevenson 1953 - 1955
Republic of Ireland Carey, JohnnyJohnny Carey 1955 - 1967
Republic of Ireland Cantwell, NoelNoel Cantwell 1967
Republic of Ireland Hurley, CharlieCharlie Hurley 1967 - 1969
Republic of Ireland Meagan, MickMick Meagan 1969 - 1971 12 0 3 9 0.00 75.00
Republic of Ireland Tuohy, LiamLiam Tuohy 1971 - 1973 10 3 1 6 30.00 60.00
Republic of Ireland Thomas, SeánSeán Thomas (caretaker) 1973 1 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
Republic of Ireland Giles, JohnnyJohnny Giles 1973 - 1980 37 14 9 14 37.84 37.84
Republic of Ireland Kelly Snr, AlanAlan Kelly Snr (caretaker) 1980 1 1 0 0 100.00 0.00
Republic of Ireland Hand, EoinEoin Hand 1980 - 1985 40 11 9 20 27.50 50
England Charlton, JackJack Charlton 1986 - 1995 94 47 30 17 50.00 18.1
Republic of Ireland McCarthy, MickMick McCarthy 1996 - 2002 68 29 19 20 42.65 29.4
Republic of Ireland Givens, DonDon Givens (caretaker) 2002 1 0 1 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland Kerr, BrianBrian Kerr 2003 - 2005 32 17 11 4 53.13 12.5
Republic of Ireland Staunton, SteveSteve Staunton 2006 - 2007 17 6 5 6 35.29 35.29
Republic of Ireland Givens, DonDon Givens (caretaker) 2007 - 2008 2 0 1 1 0 50
Italy Trapattoni, GiovanniGiovanni Trapattoni 2008 - present 19 7 8 4 36.84 21.05
As of 2 March 2010.

Most-capped players

As of 2 March 2010 (2010 -03-02), 33 Republic of Ireland players have been capped on more than 50 occasions.

Rank Name Career Caps Goals
1 Shay Given 1996 - present 103 0
Kevin Kilbane 1997 - present 103 7
3 Steve Staunton 1988 - 2002 102 7
4 Robbie Keane 1998 - present 97 41
5 Niall Quinn 1986 - 2002 91 21
6 Tony Cascarino 1986 - 2000 88 19
7 Paul McGrath 1985 - 1997 83 8
8 Damien Duff 1998 - present 82 7
9 Packie Bonner 1981 - 1996 80 0
10 Ray Houghton 1986 - 1998 73 6
11 Kenny Cunningham 1996 - 2005 72 0
Liam Brady 1975 - 1990 72 9
13 Kevin Moran 1980 - 1994 71 6
Frank Stapleton 1977 - 1990 71 20
15 Andy Townsend 1989 – 1997 70 7
16 John Aldridge 1986 - 1997 69 19
17 David O'Leary 1977 - 1993 68 1
18 Roy Keane 1991 - 2005 67 9
19 Ian Harte 1996 - 2005 64 11
20 Gary Breen 1996 - 2006 63 6

Record goal scorers

Rank Name Goals (Caps)
1 Robbie Keane 41 (98)
2 Niall Quinn 21 (91)
3 Frank Stapleton 20 (71)
4 Don Givens 19 (56)
Tony Cascarino 19 (88)
John Aldridge 19 (69)
7 Noel Cantwell 14 (36)
8 Gerry Daly 13 (48)
Jimmy Dunne 13 (15)

See also

References

External links


Simple English

Republic of Ireland
Association Football Association of Ireland
Confederation UEFA
Coach Giovanni Trapattoni
Most caps Steve Staunton (102)
Top scorer Robbie Keane (37)
World Cup
Appearances 3
First Apps 1990
Best result Quarterfinals (1990)

Republic of Ireland national football team is the national football team of Republic of Ireland.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Steve Staunton10271988-2002
2Kevin Kilbane9371997-present
3Shay Given9201996-present
4Niall Quinn91211986-2002
5Tony Cascarino88191986-2000
6Robbie Keane86371998-present
7Paul McGrath8381985-1997
8Packie Bonner8001981-1996
9Ray Houghton7361986-1998
10Liam Brady7291975-1990
10Damien Duff7271998-present
10Kenny Cunningham7201996-2005

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Robbie Keane37861998-present
2Niall Quinn21911986-2002
3Frank Stapleton20711977-1990
4Tony Cascarino19881986-2000
4John Aldridge19691986-1997
4Don Givens19561969-1982
7Noel Cantwell1436
8Gerry Daly1348
8Jimmy Dunne1315
10Ian Harte11641996-2005








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