The Republic of Ireland national football team (Irish: Foireann peile náisiúnta Phoblacht na hÉireann) represents the Republic of Ireland in men’s international football. It is governed by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).
The team made their debut at the 1924 Summer 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 Éire or Ireland. In 1953, FIFA decreed that for competitive matches in tournaments that both Irish teams may enter, the FAI team would be officially called the Republic of Ireland while the IFA team was to be named Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland was allowed to use the title Ireland by FIFA in the Home International Competition until it was discontinued in 1984. The Republic of Ireland was the first nation from outside the United Kingdom to defeat England at home in a fixture played at Goodison Park, Liverpool, in 1949. The team also reached the quarter-final stage of the 1964 European Nations’ Cup, where they lost to the eventual champions Spain.
Under the guidance of Jack Charlton, the team enjoyed their most successful era, reaching their highest FIFA world ranking ever at sixth in August 1993, and qualifying for UEFA Euro 1988 in their first appearance at the UEFA European Championship, reaching the quarter-finals of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in their first ever appearance at the finals, as well as making the last 16 at the 1994 edition. Charlton’s successor Mick McCarthy lost out on the next two major tournaments but ultimately qualified for the 2002 World Cup, making it to the last 16, repeating the feat at the UEFA Euro 2016 with Martin O’Neill.
The team’s home stadium is the Aviva Stadium, in Dublin, although some of their home games have been played in other stadiums across the country. Their traditional colours are green shirts and white shorts. The current head coach is Stephen Kenny, and the captain is Séamus Coleman.
Squad FIFA World Cup 2022
Brighton & Hove Albion
Queens Park Rangers
Derby County Football Club
Preston North End
West Bromwich Albion
Rotherham United F.C.
Wigan Athletic F.C.
Wycombe Wanderers F.C.
Wigan Athletic F.C.
West Bromwich Albion F.C.
Milton Keynes Dons
West Ham United F.C.
Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 2022 Coach Stephen Kenny
Stephen Kenny is an Irish football manager and former player who is currently manager of the Republic of Ireland. He has formerly managed Longford Town, Bohemians, Derry City, Dunfermline Athletic, Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk. He is one of Ireland’s most successful domestic league managers, having won eight trophies with Dundalk.
On 25 November 2018, Kenny was appointed as Republic of Ireland U21 manager following the departure of Noel King. On the same day, Mick McCarthy was appointed Republic of Ireland senior team manager with Kenny set to replace him in 2020.
Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 2022 Jersey Kit