About the Republic of Ireland
The Republic of Ireland national football team played their first international match on 28 May 1924, in a 1-0 win against Bulgaria. The national team wear an all-green kit for their home matches.
Ireland’s national stadium is the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The stadium opened in 2010 and has a capacity of 51,700.
Ireland have participated in three FIFA World Cup tournaments, first qualifying for the 1990 tournament in Italy where they reached the quarter finals. Four years later, the team made the round of 16 in the United States, beating Italy along the way. In the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, Ireland were again knocked out in the round of 16 on penalties after drawing 1-1 with Spain.
Ireland were famously denied a place at the 2010 World Cup after a controversial play-off defeat to France in 2009. In the second leg of the play-off, Thierry Henry blatantly handled the ball in the box before setting up William Gallas, whose goal sent France to the World Cup.
Ireland have also participated in two European Championships, in 1988 in West Germany and in 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. On both occasions, the team was eliminated in the group stages. During their UEFA Euro 2016 qualification campaign, Ireland recorded draws against England and World Champions Germany.
The national team’s captain is Robbie Keane, who is also the country’s all-time leading goalscorer and record appearance holder. Keane has scored over 60 goals and won his 140th cap in 2015. Other notable players include Shay Given, John O’Shea, Niall Quinn, Tony Cascarino, Liam Brady, Frank Stapleton and David O’Leary