Broadcast Euro 2016 Belgium v ireland

Stade de Bordeaux - Bordeaux 18/06/2016 Group stage - Group E

Broadcast: Euro 2016 Belgium v Ireland

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 Euro 2016 Belgium vs Ireland

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Belgium v Ireland Line-ups


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Official squad list

Belgium

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Goalkeepers

# NAME AGE CLUB
1 Thibaut Courtois 24 Chelsea
12 Simon Mignolet 27 Liverpool
13 Jean-Francois Gillet 37 Mechelen

Defenders

# NAME AGE CLUB
2 Toby Alderweireld 27 Tottenham
3 Thomas Vermaelen 30 Barcelona
5 Jan Vertonghen 29 Tottenham
15 Jason Denayer 20 Galatasara
16 Thomas Meunier 24 Club Brugge
18 Christian Kabasele 25 Gen
21 Jordan Lukaku 21 Oostend
23 Laurent Ciman 30 Montreal

Midfielders

# NAME AGE CLUB
4 Radja Nainggolan 28 Rom
6 Alex Witsel 27 Zenit
7 Kevin de Bruyne 24 Man. Cit
8 Marouane Fellaini 28 Man. United
10 Eden Hazard 25 Chelsea
11 Yannick Carrasco 22 Atletico
19 Mousa Dembele 28 Tottenham

Forwards

# NAME AGE CLUB
9 Romelu Lukaku 23 Everton
14 Dries Mertens 29 Napoli
17 Divock Origi 21 Liverpool
20 Christian Benteke 25 Liverpool
22 Michy Batsuayi 22 Marseille

Republic Ireland

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Goalkeepers

# NAME AGE CLUB
1 Keiren Westwood 31 Sheff. Wednesday
16 Shay Given 40 Stoke
23 Darren Randolph 29 West Ham

Defenders

# NAME AGE CLUB
2 Seamus Coleman 27 Everton
3 Ciaran Clark 26 Aston Villa
4 John O'Shea 35 Sunderland
5 Richard Keogh 29 Derby
12 Shane Duffy 24 Blackburn
15 Cyrus Christie 23 Derby
17 Stephen Ward 30 Burnley

Midfielders

# NAME AGE CLUB
6 Glenn Whelan 32 Stoke
7 Aiden McGeady 30 Sheff. Wednesday
8 James McCarthy 25 Everton
11 James McClean 27 West Brom
13 Jeff Hendrick 24 Derby
18 David Meyler 27 Hull
19 Robbie Brady 24 Norwich
20 Wes Hoolahan 34 Norwich
22 Stephen Quinn 30 Reading

Forwards

# NAME AGE CLUB
9 Shane Long 29 Southampton
10 Robbie Keane 35 LA Galaxy
14 Jon Walters 32 Stoke
21 Daryl Murphy 33 Ipswich

Belgium have not lost to the Republic of Ireland in 50 years, but as they meet for a 14th time, the Red Devils know that victory in UEFA EURO 2016 Group E is far from certain.

Previous meetings

• Belgium’s record in 13 games against Ireland is W5 D5 L3, but they are yet to lose in seven competitive encounters (W2 D5). They are unbeaten in six matches against Ireland (W2 D4) since a 3-2 friendly defeat in Liege in May 1966.

• Contests between these countries have traditionally been tight, with four of the last six fixtures drawn and Belgium winning the other two by a one-goal margin.

• Two of those draws – 2-2 in Brussels, 0-0 in Dublin – came in qualifying for the 1988 UEFA European Championship as Ireland reached the finals for the first time. There have been no subsequent meetings in this competition.

• The most recent games took place in November 1997 as Belgium overcame Ireland 3-2 on aggregate in a play-off for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Luc Nilis scored in both legs for the Red Devils. Current Belgium coach Marc Wilmots played in the Dublin leg of that tie – a 1-1 draw – while his assistant Vital Borkelmans came on as a substitute in the return.

Belgium’s EURO star: Kevin De Bruyne

EURO facts – Belgium

• This is Belgium’s first UEFA European Championship final tournament since they co-hosted UEFA EURO 2000 with the Netherlands, and their fifth EURO in total.

• The Red Devils’ biggest achievement to date is reaching the final of the 1980 EURO, where they lost 2-1 to West Germany in Rome.

• Belgium’s only previous game in Bordeaux was a 2-2 draw against Mexico at the 1998 World Cup. Wilmots put them 2-0 ahead, but the North American team levelled in the second half, ending the Red Devils’ campaign in the group stage.

• Belgian clubs have played six UEFA games in Bordeaux, with the record W1 D1 L4. Most recently, Club Brugge lost 4-0 to Bordeaux in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage.

O’Neill on ‘tough’ Ireland draw

EURO facts – Republic of Ireland

• The Irish are competing at their third EURO finals but have yet to make it through the group stage. They lost all three of their games at UEFA EURO 2012.

• Ireland’s biggest achievement came at the 1990 World Cup, where they reached the quarter-finals.

• The two Irish clubs to have played UEFA fixtures in Bordeaux suffered heavy defeats. Waterford United lost 4-0 to Bordeaux in the 1986/87 European Cup Winners’ Cup first round and Bohemians went down 5-0 at the same stage of the 1993/94 UEFA Cup.

Coach and player links

• Play together:
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) & Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady, (Ireland) – Everton

• Have played together:
Christian Benteke (Belgium) & Ciaran Clark and Shay Given (Ireland) – Aston Villa, 2012–15

Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) and Seamus Coleman (Ireland) – Everton, 2008–13

Simon Mignolet (Belgium) & James McClean and David Meyler (Ireland) – Sunderland, 2011/12

Simon Mignolet (Belgium) and John O’Shea (Ireland) – Sunderland, 2012

• Belgium goalkeeper Mignolet played under Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at Sunderland from 2011–13.

• O’Shea (2001) played in Belgium while on loan from Manchester United FC at Royal Antwerp.

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