Here in Abbey Travel we are getting very excited about the upcoming Euro 2016 competition. For Euro 2012 we brought almost 2,000 fans on 23 flights to Poland and it was a great experience for us all, even if the results didn’t go our way. Who can ever forget the fans belting out the Fields of Athenry at the end of the match against Spain!
Memories from Euro 2012
We got great feedback from our clients including the following from Jacqui and Tom: ‘Just wanted to drop you a quick thank you for all your help and service with the trip to the Euros, my husband is still in seventh heaven and if I hear Fields of Athenry one more time I may just scream’ and from Tony: ‘This is just a short note to thank you all for your impeccable organisation and hosting of the day trip to Poznan last Monday for the Ireland -v- Italy match. I travelled with my father, who will be 80 shortly, and it was a trip I will always remember and cherish in years to come’.
We are looking forward to creating more great memories and friendships this summer in France.
But, of course how far we go in the competition depends a great deal on our opponents, so let’s have a look at how we have fared against those in Group E in the past.
1. Sweden 13 June, Paris
Ireland’s previous results: Euro P2 W0 D1 L1 Goals: F1 A2
World Cup P4 W0 D1 L3 Goals: F3 A8
Friendlies P4 W3 D0 L1 Goals: F9 A6 Ireland was drawn in the same qualifying group as Sweden for the 2014 World Cup. After a draw in Solna Sweden came from behind to win 2-1 in Dublin, with goals from Robbie Keane, Johan Elmander and Anders Svensson. Neither country made it to the finals in Brazil.
Their previous competitive meetings were in the Euro '72 qualifiers where the game in Dublin was drawn and Sweden won 1-0 in Solna with a goal from Tom Turesson.
Team-mates in the English Premier League include Martin Olsson and Wes Hoolahan at Norwich City; Sebastian Larsson, Ola Toivonen and John O'Shea at Sunderland; Jonas Olsson and James McClean at West Brom.
2. Belgium 18 June, Bordeaux
Ireland’s previous results: Euro P2 W0 D2 L0 Goals: F2 A2
World Cup P5 W0 D3 L2 Goals: F7 A9
Friendlies P6 W3 D0 L3 Goals: F11 A14 Matches against Belgium are usually tight affairs. Four of the last six fixtures were drawn and Belgium won the other two by just one goal. The most recent games took place in November 1997 when Belgium won 3-2 on aggregate (1-1 in Dublin and 2-1 in Brussels) in a play-off for the 1998 World Cup.
In 1988, when Ireland reached the UEFA European Championship finals for the first time they drew twice against Belgium in the qualifiers: 2-2 in Brussels, 0-0 in Dublin.
Team-mates in the English Premier League include Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady (currently on loan to Sheffield Weds.) at Everton; Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan at Norwich City; Sebastian Pocognoli and James McClean at West Brom; Obbi Oulare and Connor Smith at Watford.
3. Italy 22 June, Lille
Ireland’s previous results: Euro P3 W0 D0 L3 Goals: F1 A7
World Cup P4 W1 D2 L1 Goals: F4 A4
Friendlies P6 W1 D1 L4 Goals: F4 A9 Ireland met Italy for the first time at a Euro tournament in 2012 in Poznan. Italy beat Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland 2-0. It was the fourth time that Trapattoni had led Ireland against his home country and his first defeat after drawing home and away in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying and a 2-0 friendly win in Liege.
A Schillaci goal in the quarter-finals was enough for Italy to break Irish hearts and bring our 1990 World Cup dreams to an end. Revenge came in 1996 when Ireland beat the Azzurri during the group stages with a Ray Houghton goal. The countries also met during qualifiers for the 1972 UEFA European Championship when Italy won 3-0 at home and 2-1 away.
Team-mates in the English Premier League include Graziano Pelle and Shane Long at Southampton; Fabio Borini, Vito Mannone and John O'Shea at Sunderland; Alessandro Diamanti and Connor Smith at Watford.
If you are interested in supporting the ‘Boys in Green’ in France this summer check out our packages and day trips here or call Kevin or Robbie on 01 8047102.