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Republic of Ireland Senior Football Team Results 2000 to 2004

After reaching the play off stages of the previous qualifying campaigns for the 1998 World Cup Finals and the Euro 2008 Finals but falling short of qualification there was some optimism amongst Irish soccer fans that Ireland had the players and the manager, Mick McCarthy, that could qualify for another major championship.

That optimism was severely dented when the draw was made for the qualifying group for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. Ireland was drawn with the much-fancied Portugal and Holland. With only one to qualify automatically and the second placed team going into a play-off hopes for the Irish team were not high. It would take some impressive results on the soccer pitch to even reach the play-offs.

Ireland Qualify for 2002 World Cup Finals

Despite a poorly concealed antipathy between Mick McCarthy and his captain, Roy Keane, McCarthy guided Ireland to second place in the group. Keane playing an outstanding role throughout the qualification campaign inspired the Irish team to some excellent results. Despite Keane missing the second leg play-off in Tehran Ireland beat Iran 2-1 over the two legs to qualify for the World Cup Finals in Japan and South Korea.

Roy Keane and Saipan

This era of Irish soccer history is noted most for the events that occurred during the preparations for the 2002 Finals in a little known (up to then) pacific island called Saipan. These events are catalogued elsewhere in great detail but the non-participation by one of Ireland's greatest players, Roy Keane, in the 2002 World Cup remains a tragedy for everyone involved with, and interested in Irish soccer.

The question remains; just how far could the Republic of Ireland - with Roy Keane - have gone in a generally poor competition that saw South Korea reach the semi-finals?

Mick McCarthy Resigns as Irish Football Manager

In the wake of the Saipan affair and with Irish soccer split down the middle on the rights and wrongs of the issue it seems to this observer that Mick McCarthy did not appear to have the heart to continue on in the role as manager of the Republic's soccer team. After some poor results at the start to the qualifying campaign for Euro 2004 Mick McCarthy quit the post in November 2002.

Brian Kerr Appointed Manager of Ireland

Former youth teams manager Brian Kerr was appointed as Irish manager. Kerr found it impossible to rescue the situation that he had inherited and Ireland finished third in the group registering just three victories (Georgia twice & Albania once) from eight matches.

Ireland's 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign at the end of 2004 began relatively positively with some good results, two wins and two away draws against Switzerland and France. Having negotiated the two most difficult away matches without defeat, and with key matches in Dublin to follow, Irish soccer was looking forward to 2005 with a fair degree of optimism.

Republic of Ireland Match Results 2000 to 2004 (inclusive)

Home Team
Result
Away Team Date & Venue Competition
Ireland
3:2 (2:2)
Czech Republic 23/02/2000 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
0:1 (0:1)
Greece 26/04/2000 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
1:2 (1:2)
Scotland 30/05/2000 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
2:2 (0:1)
Mexico 04/06/2000 Chicago Friendly Match
USA
1:1 (0:1)
Ireland 06/06/2000 Boston Friendly Match
Ireland
2:1 (1:1)
South Africa 11/06/2000 New York Friendly Match
Netherlands
2:2 (0:1)
Ireland 02/09/2000 Amsterdam World Cup Qualifier
Portugal
1:1 (0:0)
Ireland 07/10/2000 Lisbon World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
2:0 (1:0)
Estonia 11/10/2000 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
3:0 (1:0)
Finland 15/11/2000 Dublin Friendly Match
Cyprus
0:4 (0:2)
Ireland 24/03/2001 Nicosia World Cup Qualifier
Andorra
0:3 (0:1)
Ireland 28/03/2001 Barcelona World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
3:1 (2:1)
Andorra 25/04/2001 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
1:1 (0:0)
Portugal 02/06/2001 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
Estonia
0:2 (0:2)
Ireland 06/06/2001 Tallinn World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
2:2 (1:0)
Croatia 15/08/2001 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
1:0 (0:0)
Netherlands 01/09/2001 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
4:0 (2:0)
Cyprus 06/10/2001 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
2:0 (1:0)
Iran 10/11/2001 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
Iran
1:0 (0:0)
Ireland 15/11/2001 Tehran World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
2:0 (2:0)
Russia 13/02/2002 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
3:0 (1:0)
Denmark 27/03/2002 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
2:1 (1:1)
USA 17/04/2002 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
1:2 (0:1)
Nigeria 16/05/2002 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
1:1 (0:1)
Cameroon 01/06/2002 Niigata WORLD CUP 2002
Germany
1:1 (1:0)
Ireland 05/06/2002 Ibaraki WORLD CUP 2002
Saudi Arabia
0:3 (0:1)
Ireland 11/06/2002 Yokohama WORLD CUP 2002
Spain
1:1 aet (1:1, 1:0) 3:2 Pen SO
Ireland 16/06/2002 Suwon WORLD CUP 2002
Finland
0:3 (0:1)
Ireland 21/08/2002 Helsinki Friendly Match
Russia
4:2 (2:0)
Ireland 07/09/2002 Moscow Euro Qualifier
Ireland
1:2 (0:1)
Switzerland 16/10/2002 Dublin Euro Qualifier
Greece
0:0 (0:0)
Ireland 20/11/2002 Athens Friendly Match
Scotland
0:2 (0:2)
Ireland 12/02/2003 Glasgow Friendly Match
Georgia
1:2 (0:1)
Ireland 29/03/2003 Tbilisi Euro Qualifier
Albania
0:0 (0:0)
Ireland 02/04/2003 Tirana Euro Qualifier
Ireland
1:0 (1:0)
Norway 30/04/2003 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
2:1 (1:1)
Albania 07/06/2003 Dublin Euro Qualifier
Ireland
2:0 (1:0)
Georgia 11/06/2003 Dublin Euro Qualifier
Ireland
2:1 (0:0)
Australia 19/08/2003 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
1:1 (1:1)
Russia 06/09/2003 Dublin Euro Qualifier
Ireland
2:2 (1:0)
Turkey 09/09/2003 Dublin Friendly Match
Switzerland
2:0 (1:0)
Ireland 11/10/2003 Basel Euro Qualifier
Ireland
3:0 (1:0)
Canada 18/11/2003 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
0:0 (0:0)
Brazil 18/02/2004 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
2:1 (0:0)
Czech Republic 31/03/2004 Dublin Friendly Match
Poland
0:0 (0:0)
Ireland 28/04/2004 Bydgoszcz Friendly Match
Ireland
1:0 (0:0)
Romania 27/05/2004 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
0:3 (0:1)
Nigeria 29/05/2004 London Friendly Match
Ireland
1:0 (1:0)
Jamaica 02/06/2004 London Friendly Match
Netherlands
0:1 (0:1)
Ireland 05/06/2004 Amsterdam Friendly Match
Ireland
1:1 (1:0)
Bulgaria 18/08/2004 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland
3:0 (2:0)
Cyprus 04/09/2004 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
Switzerland
1:1 (1:1)
Ireland 08/09/2004 Basel World Cup Qualifier
France
0:0
Ireland 09/10/2004 Saint-Denis World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
2:0 (2:0)
Faroe Islands 13/10/2004 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
Ireland
1:0 (1:0)
Croatia 16/11/2004 Dublin Friendly Match

Scores in parentheses are half-time scores

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