Soccer: Ireland to meet Italy at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on May 31st

The Football Association of Ireland has confirmed that the Republic of Ireland will play Italy in a friendly match at London’s Craven Cottage on the evening of May 31.

The match against the four time World Cup winners comes straight after Ireland’s May 25 home friendly against Turkey, and forms part of Martin O’Neill’s preparations for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, starting in September.

The game will also play an important role in Cesare Prandelli’s preparations for Brazil, where his side has been drawn in Group D alongside England, Uruguay and Costa Rica. It will be Ireland’s 14th encounter with the Azzurri, having won two and drawn two of the previous 13 meetings.

Ireland’s first ever international match was against an Italy B side in 1926 and they have been familiar opponents recent times, meeting twice in 2010 World Cup qualification, again at a 2011 friendly in Belgium and most recently at Euro 2012.

The game will kick off at 19.45 on Saturday, May 31. Tickets, starting at £10 for U16s and £25 for adults, are available through Fulham’s ticket office by calling +44 (0)843 208 1234, or by accessing their online portal Monday, March 24 at 10am.

Fans are encouraged to buy early as prices go up by £5 across all age categories/blocks at 5pm on Tuesday 27th May 2014.


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