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Ireland Faces Tough Challenge in UEFA Nations League Draw

The Republic of Ireland has been placed in a challenging UEFA Nations League group alongside England, Finland, and Greece for the 2024-25 campaign. Despite the absence of a manager following Stephen Kenny’s departure, the Irish team faces formidable opponents.

Key Matchups and History

  • England as Top Seeds: Gareth Southgate’s England, recently relegated from League A, pose a significant challenge as the top seeds in Ireland’s group.
  • Historic Rivalry Renewed: This draw sets the stage for Ireland’s first competitive men’s senior international against England since March 1991, marking a significant moment in their football history.
  • Past Encounters: While the teams have met in four friendly internationals since 1991, including an infamous abandoned match in 1995, this fixture holds special significance for both sides.

Previous Meetings

  • Infamous Encounter: The March 1995 friendly, marred by hooliganism, saw Ireland leading 1-0 before abandonment.
  • Recent Friendlies: Subsequent encounters in 2013 and 2015 ended in a draw and a goalless draw, respectively.
  • Recent Results: England’s 3-0 victory in the November 2020 friendly marked their first win in the fixture since 1985.


The upcoming UEFA Nations League campaign promises intense competition for Ireland, with historic matchups and a challenging group stage ahead.

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