Ireland through the Tournaments

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 

Chris Morris 15/6/1988

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

World Cup Republic of Ireland vs England 1990 Paul Gascoigne rubs Chris Morris' head Mandatory Credit ©INPHO

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

Ireland v Italy 1994 Paul McGrath of Ireland under pressure from Guisippe Signori of Italy © INPHO

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

World Cup 2002 Republic of Ireland vs Germany 5/6/2002 Kevin Kilbane of Ireland and Torsten Frings of Germany Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tom Honan

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

World Cup 2002 Republic of Ireland vs Saudi Arabia 11/6/2002 Gary Breen of Ireland celebrates his goal as goalkeeper Mohammed Al Deayea of Saudi Arabia looks on Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tom Honan

Euro 2012

EURO 2012 Group C, Municipal Stadium, Poznan, Poland 10/6/2012 Republic of Ireland vs Croatia Ireland's Keith Andrews, Richard Dunne, Stephen Ward, Robbie Keane and Glenn Whelan complain to referee Viktor Shvetsov after Croatia's second goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

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

Photo 10-03-2016, 13 03 53 (1) Photo 10-03-2016, 14 24 34 (1)

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! 


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