Euro 2012 team guide: Group C – Republic of Ireland

Everything you need to know about Group C competitors Republic of Ireland

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COACH: Giovanni Trapattoni

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WORLD RANKING: 18

QUALIFIED: Though playoffs

BEST EURO FINISH: First Round (1988)

FORMATION: 4-4-2

PLAYING STYLE: Defensive

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

STRENGTHS: Defensive shape and discipline. Every player knows what his job is and they stick to it for 90 minutes.

WEAKNESSES: The focus on stopping the opposition scoring often means Ireland don’t create many chances at the other end.

TEAM RATING:

STAR PLAYER:

Shay Given 

Position: Keeper

Age: 36

Club: Aston Villa

The experience and amazing shot-stopping of Ireland’s most-capped player will be vital if they’re to pick up points in a tough group.

THE CAPTAIN:

Robbie Keane

Ireland’s record goal-scorer is the one player capable of moments of magic to unlock the opposition defence.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND FACTS:

Capital: Dublin
Population: 4.5 million
Official language: Irish/English
Best ever player: Liam Brady 

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