Euro 2016 is upon us at long last and Elverys Intersport are getting involved with an amazing competition!

Not only are we giving you the chance for some extra excitement during Ireland’s three group games with our cracking Fantasy Football game, but, with thanks to our good friends at Umbro Ireland, the top scorer in for each Irish match on our Fantasy game will win a Irish jersey SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE 2016 SQUAD!!

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Yes indeed – just sign up to our Euro 2016 Fantasy Football game, follow the simple instructions, pick the players who you think will get you the most points, and you could win a jersey signed by the boys in green!! It’s that simple!

Runners up prizes will include the adidas Euro 2016 Official Match Ball and much more!!

Sign up is simple and easy, so join in the fun now and you could own a priceless piece of Irish sporting memorabilia very soon thanks to Elverys Intersport & Umbro Ireland! #BringTheColour

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The preparations for the 2016 Euros get into full swing this week when Ireland host Switzerland on Good Friday in Landsdowne Road. The pre-tournament friendlies are an integral part of the build-up to every tournament, but how have Ireland fared over the years as they warmed up for tournaments from Germany in 1988 to Poland in 2012? We have the answers here!

EURO 1988

Ireland 2-0 Romania. 23rd March 1988; Dublin – (Irish Scorers) Kevin Moran, David Kelly

Ireland 2- 0 Yugoslavia. 27th April 1988; Dublin – Mick McCarthy, Kevin Moran 

Ireland 3- 1 Poland, 22nd May 1988; Dublin – Kevin Sheedy, Tony Cascarino, John Sheridan

Norway 0- 0 Ireland, 1st June 1988; Oslo.

A very solid warm-up campaign that saw three wins from four games as Ireland kept up their unbeaten run that would end at 12 games when they were cruelly denied by Holland a few weeks after the draw with Norway.

ITALY 1990

Ireland 1- 0 Wales, 28th March, 1990; Dublin – Bernie Slaven (above).

Ireland 1- 0 Soviet Union, 25th April, 1990; Dublin – Steve Staunton.

Ireland 1-1 Finland, 16th, May, 1990; Dublin – Kevin Sheedy.

Turkey 0-0 Ireland, 27th May, 1990; Izmir.

Malta 1- 3 Ireland, 2nd June, 1990; Ta Qali – Niall Quinn, Andy Townsend, Frank Stapleton.

Three wins and two defeats as Ireland shaped up for a first ever World Cup appearance. The final game against Malta before the tournament proper saw Frank Stapleton score his 20th and final international goal. The man who would break his record years later, Niall Quinn, bagged his second ever Irish goal in the same game.

USA 1994

Ireland 0 – 0 Russia, 23rd March, 1994; Dublin.

Holland 0- 1 Ireland, 20th April, 1994; Tillburg – Tommy Coyne.

Ireland 1 -0 Bolivia, 24th May, 1994; Dublin – John Sheridan.

Germany 0 -2 Ireland, 29th May, 1994; Hannover – Tony Cascarino, Gary Kelly.

Ireland 1 – 3 Czech Republic, 5th June, 1994; Dublin – Andy Townsend.

A memorable warm up run as Ireland overcame both Holland (above) and Germany in widely celebrated victories – the latter coming on the same day as Down dethroned Ulster and All Ireland champions Derry in one of the all time great Ulster championship clashes. Despite a first loss in 14 warm-up games to an up and coming Czech Republic (comprising of many players who would go on to play in the 1996 Euros final), hopes were high for the Irish invasion stateside. Holland though would gain revenge in Orlando.


Ireland 2 – 0 Russia, 13th February 2002; Dublin – Steven Reid, Robbie Keane.

Ireland 3- 0 Denmark, 27th March, 2002; Dublin – Ian Harte, Robbie Keane, Clinton Morrison. 

Ireland 2- 1 USA, 17th April, 2002; Dublin – Mark Kinsella, Gary Doherty.

Ireland 1- 2 Nigeria, 16th May, 2002; Dublin – Steven Reid.

Ireland’s two year unbeaten record in Dublin was brought to an end on the eve of the tournament by Nigeria in the 100th international played in Landsdowne Road. It was a disappointing end to a promising warm-up run but luckily nothing of real significance happened between then and the tournament….


Ireland 1 – 1 Czech Republic, 29th February, 2012; Dublin – Simon Cox.

Ireland 1- 0 Bosnia Herzegovina, 26th May, 2012; Dublin – Shane Long.

Ireland 0-0 Hungary, 4th June, 2012; Budapest.

Just the three games in the 2012 warm ups including the final away game against Hungary that may go down as the most boring game of football ever played. Indeed, the game was not fully recognised by FIFA due to one of the officials not being on their list but the FA did award caps for the game thus allowing Damien Duff reach the century.


Ireland ?- ? Switzerland, 25th March, 2016

Ireland ? – ? Slovenia, 29th March, 2016

Ireland ? – ? Holland, 27th May, 2016


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So the Irish Jersey that will grace the green fields of France this summer has been revealed and honestly we love it. It’s a classic design and a collar that will make it stand out as the boys face off against the cream of the continent.

Already it has grabbed a lot of attention so we said we’d take a look at how it shapes up against the versions that were worn on the occasions of the Republic’s previous tournaments.

Euro 88 

An absolute classic retro kit that is still highly prized amongst Irish fans, this one saw Ireland explode onto the international stage for the first time in tournament action and will therefore always be considered a favourite.

World Cup 1990

Simply perfect. The boomerang design, the detail on the colour, the run to the quarter-finals against the hosts. The Italia 90 vintage will forever be one of the best tournament jerseys ever in our eyes.

USA 94

There was a lot more going on with this kit but considering the victory over the Italy in the above game it will always be cherished by Irish supporters. Interestingly this was the only one of the four games in the 1994 World Cup that Ireland wore green – against Norway, Mexico and Holland they changed into the predominantly white away kit.

Japorea 2002

A pared back design but no less loved for that. Against Saudi Arabia Ireland went with an all green kit but otherwise they sported white shorts as against the eventual finalists Germany when Robbie Keane netted his last minute leveller.

Euro 2012

A very different design to previous Irish jerseys and a new departure in the socks. The placement of the numbers was another innovation but sadly this jersey will always be associated with a less than stellar campaign.

Euro 2016

So what fate lies in wait for the Irish team in France this summer? Well whatever may occur against Sweden, Belgium and Italy at least we know the boys will be togging out in a jersey that will go down as one of the coolest at the tournament!

Grab the 2016/17 Republic of Ireland home jersey now at Elverys Intersport in long or short sleeve version! http://bit.ly/1KQbJMz