How would the Republic of Ireland camp have reacted had the English squad set-up base in Brittas Bay in the build-up to Euro ’88 with Ireland as one of their Group opponents? One imagines the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) would have very quickly kicked up a stink at such an occurrence.
One therefore wonders how the FIGC (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio; F.I.G.C. – the Italian national football federation) will react to news that the all-Italian managed Republic of Ireland is to have their pre-Euro 2012 base in Montecatini, Italy with none other than Italy as their final Group opponents.
The FAI has confirmed final agreement to host a pre-tournament training camp at Montecatini Health Resort in Tuscany, northern Italy from 27th May until 3rd June.
The Irish side will depart Dublin the day after playing Bosnia (26th May) and stay in Tuscany for one week before a friendly on 4th June against Hungary. This game has today been confirmed between both football associations and will take place at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium in Budapest.
The following is now the Republic of Ireland’s itinerary up to and including the Euro 2012 Group phase games:
Ireland to renew acquaintances with Italy at Euro 2012
29th February: Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, Aviva Stadium
26th May: Republic of Ireland v Bosnia Herzegovina, Aviva Stadium
27th May: Pre-training camp, Montecatini, Italy
3rd June: Transfer from Montecatini to Budapest
4th June: Hungary v Republic of Ireland, Budapest
5th June: UEFA EURO 2012 training camp, Gdynia, Poland
10th June: Republic of Ireland v Croatia, Poznań , Poland
14th June: Spain v Republic of Ireland, Gdansk, Poland
18th June: Italy v Republic of Ireland, Poznań, Poland.