Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ireland fixtures released for European qualifiers

Ireland will open their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with an away trip to Armenia on 3 September.

Giovanni Trapattoni's first competitive game at the new Lansdowne Road Stadium will be against Andorra, four days later on 7 September.

Commenting on the draw, Trapattoni said: 'I am happy with this draw and the early fixtures represent good opportunities for us and it is always good to finish at home.

'On balance, these fixtures are better than those we had in the previous World Cup qualification campaign.

'I also think the squad will have benefitted from the significant steps forward made against top sides like Bulgaria, Montenegro, Italy, France and Brazil.'

Friday, 3 September 2010: Armenia (a)
Tuesday, 7 September 2010: Andorra (h)
Friday, 8 October 2010: Russia (h)
Tuesday, 12 October 2010: Slovakia (a)
Saturday, 26 March 2011: Macedonia (h)
Saturday, 4 June 2011: Macedonia (a)
Friday, 2 September 2011: Slovakia (h)
Tuesday, 6 September 2011: Russia (a)
Friday, 7 October 2011: Andorra (a)
Tuesday, 11 October 2011: Armenia (h)

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