The fixture dates for Ireland’s games in the Euro 2008 Qualifiers have been agreed following a meeting between an FAI delegation and representatives of the other teams in Frankfurt today.
Under new manager, Stephen Staunton, Ireland will kick off the qualifiers with away games against Germany on September 2 and Cyprus on October 7, 2006.
Staunton’s first home games of the qualifiers will be against the Czech Republic on October 11, followed by the visit of San Marino on November 15, 2006.
The first matches to be played in Croke Park will be against Wales on March 24, 2007, Slovakia then provide the opposition on March 28. San Marino visit Lansdowne Road before that on February 7.
In the final qualifying games, Ireland face Slovakia and Czech Republic (both away) on September 8 and 12, 2007 respectively, Germany and Cyprus (both home) on October 13 and 17 respectively, before travelling to Wales on November 17, 2007.
Speaking after the fixtures meeting, Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton expressed himself satisfied with the fixtures.
“We achieved our key objectives in relation to these fixtures including no fixtures in June thus avoiding possible heat and end of season fixtures,” he said. “I am also delighted that we achieved our target of playing Germany in Dublin towards the end of the qualifying campaign.”
FAI chief executive officer John Delaney also expressed satisfaction with the fixtures list.
“Stephen and his backroom team gave us a very strong base on which to negotiate and I am delight with the outcome of those negotiations. The agreed fixtures list will also allow us to play four matches in Croke Park in 2007," he said.
The full fixtures for Group D are as follows:
September 2: Czech Republic v Wales, Germany v REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, Slovakia v Cyprus.
September 6: San Marino v Germany, Slovakia v Czech Republic
October 7: Czech Republic v San Marino, Cyprus v REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, Wales v Slovakia
October 11: REPUBLIC OF IRELAND v Czech Republic, Slovakia v Germany, Wales v Cyprus
November 15: Cyprus v Germany, REPUBLIC OFIRELAND v San Marino.
February 7: San Marino v REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
March 24: Czech Republic v Germany, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND v Wales, Cyprus v Slovakia
March 28: Wales v San Marino, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND v Slovakia, Czech Republic v Cyprus
June 2: Germany v San Marino, Wales v Czech Republic, Cyprus v Slovakia
June 6: Germany v Slovakia
August 22: San Marino v Cyprus
September 8: San Marino v Czech Republic, Wales v Germany, Slovakia v REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
September 12: Czech Republic v REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, Slovakia v Wales, Cyprus v San Marino
October 13: REPUBLIC OF IRELAND v Germany, Cyprus v Wales, Slovakia v San Marino
October 17: Germany v Czech Republic, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND v Cyprus, San Marino v Wales
November 17: Czech Republic v Slovakia, Germany v Cyprus, Wales v REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
November 21: Cyprus v Czech Republic, Germany v Wales, San Marino v Slovakia.