The Republic of Ireland play their home internationals in Dublin at Lansdowne Road which houses 51,000 fans. Despite never winning a major tournament, the Republic of Ireland have managed to give their fans plenty to cheer about in the past. They are currently ranked outside the top 50 international teams in the world but did very well to beat Bosnia 3-1 in a play-off to advance to the Euro 2016 finals. This secured only their third ever appearance at the European Championships.
The Republic of Ireland are best remembered for beating England at the European Championships in 1988, where an early volley from Ray Houghton all but ended England's chances of success in that tournament. They followed up that success by qualifying for Italia 90 where they reached the quarter-finals before losing to tournament hosts Italy. They were ranked as high as 6th in the world at the time.
The Republic of Ireland have not qualified for any World Cups subsequent to finishing in the last 16 in 2002. Irish fans hope that reaching Euro 2016 marks a change of fortune and acts as a springboard to a brighter future.
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Republic of Ireland Football Team Season Schedule
Pick out the best bets that match your own thoughts about how the upcoming match will unfold and how the Republic of Ireland will fare against their opponents from the schedule below.
Republic of Ireland Football Team League Standings
Here are the Republic Of Ireland's current standings and odds information. Expect this current unit to challenge for one of the two qualifying spots no matter the tournament.
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The Republic of Ireland will start most of their matches as underdogs.
However, it is not impossible for the Republic of Ireland to cause a major upset as was evident in October 2015 when they beat Germany 1-0 in Dublin in a Euro 2016 qualifying match thanks to a goal from striker Shane Long.
Their record since March 2015 has been impressive. The current outfit has only lost once - 1-2 to Poland away from home - in twelve matches. They manged to keep clean sheet in all five of their victories. This is testament to the abilities of their experienced 40-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given, who has over 130 caps.
You'll find a lot of solid if not spectacular when you look through the Republic of Ireland's team. Seamus Coleman and John O'Shea solidify the rear guard and protect Given's goal competently enough. Both players have enjoyed solid careers in the Premier League for many years.
Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy play well together and make up three quarters of the midfield, Robbie Brady, who has shown excellent potential, usually rounding up the quratet.
Now in his mid-30's and playing in the MLS, Robbie Keane leads the attack with Kevin Doyle and Shane Long the main options to play alongside him.
One knock on the Irish squad is that they have quite a few players in the lineup that don't play top flight football, and whilst they are good professionals, they can't compare to the pedigree of players on top teams at this level.
In the 2015/2016 season the top scorers for the Republic of Ireland were Shane Long and Jon Walters, each scoring 4 goals. Both players are worth considering if you like to bet on the first goal scorer.
The Irish squad is good enough to frustrate opponents so betting on the under could be worth a shout.
The Republic of Ireland's all-time leading goal scorer, Robbie Keane has spearheaded the Irish attack throughout his career. He has scored 65 goals in 140 caps and leads the team out of the tunnel for every international fixture. This is an excellent record for any player, particularly one who does not play with a team in Europe. At 35, Keane's best years are now behind him. He managed to score only 2 goals for Ireland in the 2015/2016 season.
There is nothing to suggest the Republic of Ireland can expect much more than qualification from the group stage of any major tournament. They have some good players, but many of their leaders are in the twilight of their careers.