Euro 2012: Republic of Ireland

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The Republic of Ireland kick start their Euro 2012 Group C campaign against Croatia on Sunday June 10 at the Municipal Stadium in Poznań.

Ireland are making only their second appearance at the finals and if it goes anything like the first time it should be another memorable moment for their fans.

Before going out at the first hurdle in 1988 Ireland stunned England 1-0 before holding the Soviet Union to a one all draw.

However defeat to the Dutch sent Ireland to the exit door.

With Giovanni Trapattoni at the helm Ireland now return for a second crack at the whip but face a rough ride in a group full of talent.

But Ireland don’t head to Poland and Ukraine without their own pockets of flair.

Shay Given offers a safe pair of hands between the sticks.

Defensive stalwarts John O’Shea and Richard Dunne will be patrolling the rear with experience while if they bring their A-game Damien Duff, Aiden McGeady and Robbie Keane could present quite a handful for Ireland’s opponents.