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Lineker's Verdict

Republic of Ireland Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Rep of Ireland star player, Damien Duff
World Cup record:
 1990    Quarter-finals
 1994   Second round
 2002   Second round

Did you know?
The Irish are renowned for their strong community spirit and close bonds within the family. Republic of Ireland defender Gary Kelly would not have to look far to find relative support as fellow international Ian Harte is his nephew.

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Coach:
Star player:

Mick McCarthy
Damien Duff
What a tournament for Mick McCarthy and his Republic of Ireland squad.

It was all doom-and-gloom when the Roy Keane affair hit the headlines, but fast-forward a month and an estimated 100,000 fans welcomed the squad back to Dublin.

When their captain was sent packing you had to question how far the squad could go as he was their one world-class player.

But every single player stepped up to the challenge and performed to their best and the fightbacks against Cameroon, Germany and Spain showed Ireland's team spirit.

I know the pain of losing in the World Cup on penalties, but every cloud has a silver lining.

McCarthy's squad is young but now has some major tournament experience. It all bodes well for the future.

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2002 World Cup results

Group E: v Cameroon 1-1; v Germany 1-1; v Saudi Arabia 3-0; Second round: v Spain 1-1 (lost 2-3 on pens).



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