Irish senior news

Connolly struggling for fitness - March 15, 2001
With the loss of Niall Quinn from the Irish squad, manager Mick McCarthy cannot afford to lose another striker for the crunch games against Cyprus and Andorra - but this could be a distinct possibility with the news that David Connolly is struggling.
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Quinn out of qualifiers - March 15, 2001
Niall Quinn has been forced to withdraw from the Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Cyprus. Quinn took the step after Sunderland manager Peter Reid finally decided to accept medical advice and rest the striker for a month.
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Ireland fall four places in World rankings! - March 14, 2001
The Republic of Ireland has slipped four places in FIFA's latest World Comedy Rankings - even though we haven't kicked a ball in anger since last month's list!
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McCarthy sets six-point target - March 14, 2001
Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has set the target of maximum World Cup qualifying points from this month's Mediterranean mini-tour.
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Quinn still doubtful - March 14, 2001
Republic of Ireland striker Niall Quinn saw his consultant surgeon yesterday - and was told to rest his back injury for a month!
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Kelly for Carr is only change - March 13, 2001
Mick McCarthy has just announced his 22-man squad for the World Cup games against Cyprus and Andorra this month - and the return of Leeds United's Gary Kelly is the only change from the squad chosen for the aborted Danish friendly.
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McCarthy to name squad today - March 13, 2001
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy will today name his squad for this month's World Cup Group 2 matches against Cyprus and Andorra - and he will pencil in the name of Niall Quinn who is still holding out hope of being fit.
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Cypriots query World Cup fixture - March 7, 2001
The Cypriot embassy has asked the Irish Government whether the World Cup Group 2 match between the Republic of Ireland and Cyprus in Larnaca on March 24 should go ahead in the light of the foot-and-mouth disease scare.
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No threat yet to World Cup campaign - March 2, 2001
Despite the scrapping of all Irish sports fixtures because of the threat of foot and mouth disease, Andorra and Nicosia have no plans to cancel the Republic of Ireland's World Cup games this month - as yet.
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Kelly set for Leeds return - March 2, 2001
Republic of Ireland international full back Gary Kelly resumed full training with Leeds United this week and could figure against Manchester United tomorrow.
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Danes on for November return - March 1, 2001
Negotiations between the FAI and the Danish FA yesterday have resulted in last night's postponed international friendly being pencilled in for November in Dublin.
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Figo nails Andorra - March 1, 2001
Portugal 3 Andorra 0
Two goals by Luis Figo helped Portugal to increase their lead in Ireland's World Cup qualifying group with a 3-0 win over whipping-boys Andorra last night.
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McCarthy names team to meet Denmark - February 27, 2001
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has just announced his team to meet Denmark in tomorrow night's weather-threatened international - and there are no surprises.
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Quinn sidelined for three weeks - February 27, 2001
Niall Quinn's withdrawal from tomorrow night's international against Denmark means the Sunderland striker will have an enforced three-week rest before he kicks a ball again - and that could be just what the doctor ordered.
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Weather threatens Denmark game - February 27, 2001
All of today's and tomorrow's games - including the senior international friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Denmark - are under threat from the weather.
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Quinn, Kinsella out of squad - February 26, 2001
Striker Niall Quinn and midfielder Mark Kinsella have pulled out of the Republic of Ireland squad to meet Denmark on Tuesday.
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McCarthy won't replace Kiely - February 23, 2001
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has no plans at the moment to call replacements into his squad for Wednesday's Denmark friendly, despite the withdrawal of Steve Carr and Dean Kiely.
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Now Kiely faces op shock
- February 22, 2001
What looked like a routine step on Dean Kiely's comeback from injury has turned into a nightmare.
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Delap, McAteer set to return
- February 22, 2001
Republic of Ireland international Rory Delap is on the comeback trail. The Derby County utility man - included in the Irish squad for the friendly against Denmark next Wednesday - damaged his knee ligaments against Sunderland a fortnight ago but is set to return to Derby's first team against Aston Villa on Saturday.
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Schmeichel out of Danish squad - February 20, 2001
Danish manager Morten Olsen has left former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel out of his squad to face Ireland tomorrow week.
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Duff: hands off say Blackburn - February 20, 2001
Blackburn manager Graeme Souness has rebuffed Newcastle United's attempts to sign Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff - and has stepped up his own bid to sign another Irishman, Alan Mahon, from Sporting Lisbon.
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Shay okay! - February 20, 2001
Newcastle United 'keeper Shay Given has received the all-clear to line out for the Republic of Ireland against Denmark tomorrow week, despite his dislocated finger.
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Carr breaks down again - February 16, 2001
Republic of Ireland international Steve Carr could miss the rest of the season after breaking down in training yesterday.
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McCarthy names squad for Denmark - February 14, 2001
Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has named his squad this morning for the forthcoming friendly against Denmark - and it's disappointment for Bradford's Andy O'Brien, Sporting Lisbon's Phil Babb and Middlesbrough's Keith O'Neill.
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Kinsella comeback as Charlton set sights on Europe
- February 12, 2001
Charlton Athletic (7th) joined Ipswich (6th) and Leeds (5th) on 40 points yesterday with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United and, in doing so, put themselves within sight of a place in Europe.
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Jamaica join Morrison chase - February 6, 2001
Jamaica have issued a formal invitation to teenage Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison to join their World Cup campaign, in time for their qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago on February 28.
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Quinner to miss Denmark ... and Clonmel! - February 2, 2001
Niall Quinn is almost certain to miss the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Denmark this month, after injuring his neck in Wednesday night's Premiership game between Sunderland and Manchester United.
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Kenny completes first 90 minutes of season - February 1, 2001
Republic of Ireland defender Kenny Cunningham completed his first 90 minutes of the season last night as he came through Wimbledon's reserve game with Nottingham Forest.
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Kiely is McCarthy's latest injury blow - January 31, 2001
Hot on the heels of Gary Kelly's hernia operation announcement, Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has been hit by an injury last night to Charlton 'keeper Dean Kiely.
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Kelly will miss Denmark match - January 30, 2001
Republic of Ireland defender Gary Kelly will miss up to six weeks, which will count him out of the Denmark friendly international next month. The reason: Kelly will undergo a hernia operation tomorrow.
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McCarthy loses patience with Morrison - January 30, 2001
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has lost patience with dithering Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison and says he won't now select him for next month's friendly against Denmark.
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McCarthy says: you're in, Clin - January 19, 2001
As Bush takes the oath of office in America, Irish manager Mick McCarthy is preparing to inaugurate Clinton!
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Cunningham targets Denmark match - January 12, 2001
Kenny Cunningham, who has not kicked a ball in anger since a groin operation during the summer, is targeting Ireland's February friendly against Denmark for his international comeback.
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Dutch will warm up against England - January 11, 2001
Holland will prepare for their crucial World Cup fixture against the Republic of Ireland on September 3 with a friendly against England. full story »

Ireland's days in the sun - November 17, 2000
The Republic of Ireland senior team will spend five days soaking up the Mediterranean sun next spring - but it's all part of the job of qualifying for World Cup 2002!
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Ultra-pro Irish hammer Finns - November 16, 2000
Republic of Ireland 3 Finland 0
The Finnish team which so embarrassed England a few weeks ago came to Landsowne Road last night and left with their tails between their legs, wondering how they managed to lose 3-0 despite dominating the game for periods and carving out two or three clear chances.
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Cyprus go second - November 16, 2000
Cyprus 5 Andorra 0
Cyprus moved up to second place in Ireland's World Cup qualifying group with a record 5-0 win over Andorra last night.
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Carr misses out - November 15, 2000
Tottenham's Stephen Carr joined the lengthy Irish injury list yesterday which forced Ireland manager Mick McCarthy to resuffle his pack for the first time in four internationals. full story »

Kinsella's stock rises another notch - November 14, 2000
Golden boy (well 28-year-old man) of Irish football Mark Kinsella has been handed to captain's armband for the game against Finland on Wednesday after Roy Keane withdrew from the squad.
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Probation Act for Babb and Kennedy - November 14, 2000
Ireland's Phil Babb and Mark Kennedy walked free from court yesterday after admitting criminal damage to a Garda's car. full story »

Fitting reward for Kinsella - November 13, 2000
A fairytale rags to riches story culminated last night in Mark Kinsella claiming the FAI-Eircom Player of the Year Award in a star-studded ceremony at the CityWest Hotel.
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Holland and Foley set to start - November 13, 2000
Matt Holland, who scored Ipswich's crucial 80th-minute opener in their 2-0 win over Charlton at the weekend, is set to start alongside FAI-Eircom Player of the Year Mark Kinsella in Wednesday's friendly against Finland.
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Hyypia left out of Finland squad - November 10, 2000
Liverpool central defender Sami Hyypia has been surprisingly left out of the Finland squad to face Ireland next Wednesday at Lansdowne Road.
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Gutted Sadlier misses chance - November 9, 2000
Millwall striker Richard Sadlier will miss out on the chance to train with the Irish senior squad after picking up an injury.
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Rising stars get senior chance - November 8, 2000
Irish u21 stars Michael Reddy and Richard Sadlier have been invited to train with the senior squad ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Finland.
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Gavin given Irish senior call-up - November 4, 2000
Jason Gavin has been handed a surprise call-up to the Irish senior squad who play Finland at Lansdowne Road on November 15 in the first of two friendlies arranged before Ireland are back in World Cup action in the Spring of next year.
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McCarthy fury over 'phoney' claims - November 1, 2000
Irish manager Mick McCarthy has emphatically denied that he knew there was any problem with Tony Cascarino's Irish qualifications. Furious McCarthy rubbished claims in the 'Irish' Sun newspaper that the manager had known since 1996 that Cascarino was ineligible to play for Ireland.
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McCarthy delays team selection - October 10, 2000
Republic of Ireland soccer manager Mick McCarthy has announced that he will not name his team to face Estonia tomorrow until shortly before kick-off.
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Ireland can now win Group 2 - October 9, 2000
After another great night for Irish football in Portugal on Saturday night the way is left open for Ireland to qualify for their first major championships since the 1994 World Cup.
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McCarthy calling for rain - October 6, 2000
Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is praying for a drop of rain before his side take the field in Lisbon tomorrow night.
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Kennedy and Babb will come in from the cold - October 5, 2000
Mark Kennedy and Phil Babb both have a future with Ireland - which is good news for the team and for the players.
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Kelly comes through training - October 5, 2000
Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Alan Kelly came through training yesterday with the Irish team and is now definite to start against Portugal on Saturday night in Portugal.
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Striking problems for Portugal - October 5, 2000
Good news for the Irish from Lisbon, as two Portuguese strikers battle to be fit for the countries showdown on Saturday night in Lisbon!
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McPhail hopes rest will cure his injury - October 4, 2000
People were questioning Ireland manager Mick McCarthy's decision not to pick Stephen McPhail for the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers - but if they had bothered asking the player himself they would have found out that he is struggling badly with injury.
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Same again for Ireland - October 4, 2000
Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has picked the same eleven players who started against Holland for the game against Portugal in Lisbon on Saturday night.
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Colgan earns international call-up - October 2, 2000
Hibernian goalkeeper Nicky Colgan has been called into the Ireland squad which is assembling to face Portugal and Estonia over the coming ten days.
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Estonia squads named - September 29, 2000
Estonia national coach Tarmo Ruutli has named his senior and u21 squads which play Ireland in Dublin and Kilkenny respectively next month. The Estonian senior team face the Republic on October 11 at Lansdowne Road and four days before they play Andorra away.
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Given withdrawn from squad - September 29, 2000
Ireland boss Mick McCarthy was thrown into a goalkeeping crisis yesterday with the news that Shay Given has been withdrawn from the squad to face Portugal and Estonia.
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Portugal squads named - September 28, 2000
Portugal manager Luis Antonio Oliveira has named a strong, mostly home-based, 20-man squad to face Ireland on October 7 in Lisbon. The u21 squad to face Ireland the day before is also named
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Kelly injury blow - September 28, 2000
Ireland's No.1 choice goalkeeper, Alan Kelly, is unlikely to be fit for the World Cup qualifiers against Portugal and Estonia.
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McCarthy names Irish squad - September 27, 2000
Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has named his squad for the games against Portugal in Lisbon on October 7 and Estonia at Lansdowne Road four days later..
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McCarthy postpones squad announcement - September 27, 2000
Irish manager Mick McCarthy, due to announce his squad yesterday for two forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, decided instead to hang fire until after last night's English and European soccer matches.
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McCarthy names squad to face Portugal today - September 26, 2000
Ireland boss Mick McCarthy will name his squad to face Portugal and Estonia today at a press conference in Dublin. It is expected that Phil Babb and Mark Kennedy will again be omitted after their night of madness during the warm-up to the Holland game.
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Ireland announce two friendlies - September 6, 2000
Ireland have set the dates for two international friendlies this season. The Republic will play Finland on November 15 and Denmark on February 28. Both matches will be played at Lansdowne Road.
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Shame on you Pat - September 5, 2000
Pat Dolan's shameful column in today's Irish Star should never have been given print space. The outspoken St. Pat's boss reckons that Phil Babb and Jason McAteer should have never been picked for Ireland because they are not Irish.
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Gregan wants to play for Ireland - September 5, 2000
Preston North End's captain Sean Gregan wants to play for Ireland but don't tell Pat Dolan about it. The 26-year-old midfielder is checking out his Irishness at the moment after being recommended to Mick McCarthy by Preston boss David Moyes.
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Captain feels Irish can qualify - September 4, 2000
Irish captain Roy Keane feels that Ireland can qualify for the World Cup finals in 2002 if they have more belief in themselves.
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Player worries unfounded - September 4, 2000
Before Saturday nights game against the Dutch most Irish supporters were worried about some of Mick McCarthy's selections. But after 90 minutes of play, not a bad word could be said about any of the players who wore the green with such pride.
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Portugal go top - September 4, 2000
Portugal went to the top of Ireland's group with a comfortable 3-1 win over Estonia in Talinn.
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Tactics nearly pay maximum dividends - September 2, 2000
Holland 2 Ireland 2
Ireland came within ten minutes of a famous win over the Dutch in their World Cup qualifier at the Amsterdam Arena on Saturday night and in turn put behind them many bad displays away from Lansdowne Road over the last couple of years. Manager Mick McCarthy decided to take the game to the Dutch, starting the game with a 4-4-2 formation instead of his favoured 4-5-1 away formation.
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Keane will play against Dutch - September 1, 2000
A collective sigh of relief reverberated around Ireland yesterday as the news broke that captain Roy Keane will be fit to take his place against Holland on Saturday.
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Captain struggling with injury - August 31, 2000
Ireland and Manchester United captain Roy Keane is very doubtful to be fit to face Holland on Saturday at the Amsterdam Arena in the first game of a long World Cup qualifying campaign.
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Holland won't face Dutch - August 30, 2000
Matt Holland has been forced to withdraw from the Irish squad for Saturday's game against the Dutch because of an ankle injury that he has failed to shake off.
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More troubles for Holland - August 30, 2000
Ireland will never get a better chance to beat the Dutch as they will this Saturday in the Amsterdam Arena.
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Babb and Kennedy sent home - August 29, 2000
Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has moved quickly to chastise Phil Babb and Mark Kennedy for getting themselves arrested last night. McCarthy has dropped both players from the travelling party to Holland and now their international futures look in serious doubt.
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Irish stars in Garda custody - August 29, 2000
Two members of the Irish senior soccer squad are this morning in Garda custody.
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Scan scare for Roy - August 28, 2000
Roy Keane will undergo a scan on a back injury today - but is expected to link up with the Irish squad tomorrow.
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McCarthy trims Irish squad - August 25, 2000
Centre back Paul Butler is among seven players discarded by Irish manager Mick McCarthy ahead of the World Cup qualifier on September 2.
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Breen and Holland struggling - August 25, 2000
Ireland's Gary Breen and Matt Holland face a struggle to be fit for their country's showdown with the Dutch on September 2.
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Cunningham won't be fit to face Holland - August 18, 2000
Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has been left with a major defensive headache ahead of his team's World Cup qualifier against Holland. McCarthy was hit with the news that Kenny Cunningham won't be fit to take his place in the heart of the Irish defence, which will cause big problems.
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Xavier set to appeal again - August 18, 2000
Portugal's Abel Xavier has not given up hope of facing Ireland in the World Cup qualifier in October.
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World Cup qualifiers start today - August 16, 2000
Ireland's World Cup qualifying group kicks off tonight with the first game happening in Estonia, where the hosts take on minnows Andorra.
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Ireland move up the World Ranking - or do they? - August 9, 2000
The monthly sham of the FIFA World Rankings are with us again and if you take a quick look at them you might believe that Ireland have moved up one place since last month. But how could that be possible since they haven't played an international game since early July?
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Portugal game for Stadium of Light - July 26, 2000
It was confirmed yesterday by the Portuguese Football Federation that Ireland will play Portugal in the Stadium of Light on October 7.
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Former FAI president dies - July 22, 2000
Former FAI president Charlie Walsh passed away on Thursday night at his home in Drogheda. In his eighties, Walsh had been linked with the game for many decades and he oversaw his hometown club earn election to the League of Ireland in 1968.
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Dutch back Irish bid for Euro finals - July 20, 2000
Ireland could host the European Championship finals in 2008 according to the secretary of the Dutch FA, Harry Been. Been believes that a joint bid from Ireland and Scotland would be received well in the corridors of power at UEFA headquarters.
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Casey calls for a press climb-down on Eircom Park - July 14, 2000
Newly appointed UEFA vice-president Des Casey has called on the Irish press to allow the FAI to sort out their proposed Eircom Park project. Casey is worried that the stadium has become the property of the press rather than football people.
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FAI fallout gathers momentum - July 7, 2000
The vote not to enter into talks with the Government over their proposed National Stadium has sent the FAI into a mini-crisis. The FAI Board of Management voted 9-8 not to enter talks with the Government during a heated meeting on Wednesday night and the decision has prompted Galway United director John Byrne to tender his resignation.
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Eircom Park in trouble - July 6, 2000
The FAI's Board of Management last night gave the green light to the controversial Eircom Park - but slapped on enough conditions and qualifications effectively to kill off the project.
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FAI brass feeling the heat - July 4, 2000
The FAI will find out tomorrow whether the Department of Defence are going to lodge an objection to their proposed stadium in Citywest. The proposed 45,000-seater construction is near the Government aerodrome at Baldonnel and it is believed that if the army object to the project it will be dead in the water.
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Casey made vice-president of UEFA - July 3, 2000
Ireland's clout is bound to grow in the halls of UEFA after it was announced on Saturday that Des Casey has been appointed vice-president of the organisation. The 68-year-old Dundalk man was nominated by UEFA president Lennart Johansson for the post.
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Ban boost for Republic - July 3, 2000
UEFA came down on Portugal like a ton of bricks yesterday - and that's good news for Ireland's World Cup 2002 qualifying campaign.
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Light at the end of the tunnel for Ireland! - June 30, 2000
Most pundits have already written off Ireland's chances of qualifying for the next World Cup because of their grouping with both Holland and Portugal - but with the two countries going out of Euro 2000 in controversial circumstances at the semi-final stage things now look brighter for Ireland.
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Ireland beat South Africa - June 12, 2000
Ireland 2 South Africa 1
The Republic of Ireland wrapped up the US Nike Cup with a fortunate win against South Africa at the Giants Stadium, New York last night. Ireland recovered from going a goal down in the searing heat to turn the tie and finally win 2-1.
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Shay Brennan dies suddenly - June 10, 2000
Shay Brennan, a member of the legendary Manchester United European Cup winning side of 1968 - and predecessor of Irish heroes like Mick McCarthy, Ray Houghton and John Aldridge - as he was the first player to be capped for Ireland under the granny rule, passed away suddenly yesterday doing what he loved to do best, playing golf in Tramore where he has lived for a number of years.
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Ireland look to finish US Cup with a flourish - June 9
After two draws in the US Nike Cup Ireland have a chance of finishing with a win when they face a young South African team on Sunday at the Giants Stadium in New York. If McCarthy's young charges cannot get a win against South Africa, who have rolled over against both the USA and Mexico, he will be very disappointed.
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Department of Defence rebutt FAI claims - June 8
The Department of Defence are fuming at comments made by the FAI. The football governing body claimed that there was a political agenda to block Eircom Park but the Army deny that they have any agenda against the FAI.
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Ireland robbed against USA - June 7, 2000
Ireland were deprived of what would have been a notable scalp in the US Nike Cup in Boston early this morning. A scratch Irish side looked set to earn a merited win until Ante Razov scored a 68th-minute equaliser from a blatantly offside position.
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Ireland's mission improbable! - June 6, 2000
Ireland go into tonight's game against the USA in the US Nike Cup with history and recent form against them. The Irish went into the tournament in 1992 on the back of a 4-1 victory over the Yanks at Lansdowne Road a month beforehand but still ended up losing 3-1 in Washington, with Ireland manager Mick McCarthy scoring the only goal.
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Celtic countries could host Euro finals - June 6, 2000
The Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales could bid to host the European Championship Finals in 2008. Following the lead of Holland and Belgium, who will co-host this year's competition, the Celtic cousins could host the competition if the FAI have Eircom Park built in time. This is not a sure thing as they proposed project runs into new stumbling blocks every day.
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Ireland recover for draw against Mexico - June 4, 2000
Republic of Ireland 2 Mexico 2
The US Cup has always been unkind to the Irish over the years and it looked like it was going to be no different this year as Mick McCarthy's team opened their three-match campaign against a very weak Mexican team.
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Mexican muddle - June 2, 2000
Ireland have serious selection problems for the US Cup. Mick McCarthy's players are dropping like flies with Fulham's Steve Finnan the latest to pull out of his squad - but spare a though for the Mexicans. They will go into the competition with a club team rather than their international side.
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Eircom Park hit with 31m stumbling block - June 2, 2000
FAI chief executive Bernard O'Byrne has hit back at critics of the proposed Eircom Park Stadium. Media reports say the FAI's Eircom Park dream is in serious trouble after it was disclosed that there is a shortfall of 31.4m to finish the job.
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Staunton and Duff out of US trip - June 1, 2000
Steve Staunton and Damien Duff are the latest players to withdraw from the Irish squad that travels to America today for the Nike Cup.
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Unrecognisable Irish beaten by Scotland - May 31, 2000
The Republic of Ireland lost 2-1 against a Don Hutchison-inspired Scotland at Lansdowne Road last night despite taking the lead after two minutes.
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