2011 Nations Cup

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2011 Nations Cup
Nations Cup (football) logo.jpg
Tournament details
Host countryRepublic of Ireland
City Dublin
Dates8 February – 29 May 2011
Venue(s) Aviva Stadium
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland (1st title)
Runners-upFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Third placeFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Fourth placeUlster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored18 (3 per match)
Attendance74,867 (12,478 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Ireland.svg Robbie Keane (3)

The 2011 Nations Cup (also known as the Carling Nations Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the round-robin football tournament between the Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales national teams. [1]

A round-robin tournament is a competition in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn. A round-robin contrasts with an elimination tournament, in which participants are eliminated after a certain number of losses.

Association football team field sport

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Northern Ireland national football team mens national association football team representing Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland in international association football. From 1882 to 1920, all of Ireland was represented by a single side, the Ireland national football team, organised by the Irish Football Association (IFA). In 1921, the jurisdiction of the IFA was reduced to Northern Ireland following the secession of clubs in the soon-to-be Irish Free State, although its team remained the national team for all of Ireland until 1950, and used the name Ireland until the 1970s. The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) organises the separate Republic of Ireland national football team.


The first set of two games were played in Dublin in February, with the remaining four games played in May 2011. [2] [3] It was won by the Republic of Ireland, who won all three of their games without conceding a goal. [4] [5]

Dublin capital and largest city in Ireland

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Republic of Ireland national football team Mens national association football team

The Republic of Ireland national football team represents Ireland in association football. It is governed by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and stages its home fixtures at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.


The tournament was initially proposed by then Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez in 2006. [6] On 18 September 2008, the national football associations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland announced plans to hold an international tournament in 2011. [7] The tournament was due to start in 2009, but was delayed until 2011 due to 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixtures already being in place. [8]

Lawrence Philip "Lawrie" Sanchez is a Northern Irish football manager and former international football player.

It was announced on 12 August 2010, that the tournament would be sponsored by brewing company Carling, and known for sponsorship reasons as the Carling Nations Cup. [1] [9] The inaugural tournament was played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in February and May 2011, and won by the Republic of Ireland. A second tournament was provisionally scheduled to take place in Wales in 2013. [10] After the first tournament, which attracted some small attendances, there was a dispute about the division of revenues between the four associations. [10] Jim Shaw, the president of the Irish Football Association, said in January 2012 that he did not envisage a second tournament being staged. [10]

Aviva Stadium football and rugby stadium in Dublin

The Aviva Stadium is a sports stadium located in Dublin, Ireland, with a capacity for 51,700 spectators. It is built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road stadium, which was demolished in 2007, and replacing it as home to its chief tenants: the Irish rugby union team and the Republic of Ireland football team. The decision to redevelop the stadium came after plans for both Stadium Ireland and Eircom Park fell through. Aviva Group Ireland signed a 10-year deal for the naming rights in 2009.

Irish Football Association governing body of association football in Northern Ireland

The Irish Football Association (IFA) is the governing body for association football in Northern Ireland. It organised the Ireland national football team which, after 1921, became the Northern Ireland national football team.

The 2011 Nations Cup began in February 2011 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The Republic of Ireland won the inaugural tournament after winning all three of their matches, culminating with a 1–0 win over Scotland on the final matchday. It was originally intended to be a biennial tournament, but poor attendance at the first tournament meant that it was discontinued. [2] [11] [12]


The Nations Cup was structured as a round-robin, with each team playing each of the others once, resulting in a total of six games in each season of the competition. [1] [2] Three of the teams involved (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) had formerly competed in the now defunct British Home Championship, along with England. [6] The Football Association of Wales stated its belief in 2007 that England might have joined at a later date if they could have been convinced that there were "practical solutions" to problems like fixture congestion. [13]

The British Home Championship was an annual football competition contested between the United Kingdom's four national teams: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Starting during the 1883–84 season, it is the oldest international football tournament and it was contested until the 1983–84 season, when it was abolished after 100 years.

Football Association of Wales governing body of association football in Wales

The Football Association of Wales is the governing body of association football in Wales, and controls the Wales national football team and its corresponding women's team. It is a member of FIFA, UEFA and the IFAB.

England national football team Mens association football team representing England

The England national football team represents England in senior men's international football and is controlled by The Football Association, the governing body for football in England.

In early 2011, it was reported by BBC Sport that there was a possibility of the British Home Championship being revived in 2013, [14] [15] but no tournament was held. The matches in the 2011 tournament were played in February and May, with the location due to rotate on a tournament-by-tournament basis. [16] Brittany also expressed an interest in taking part. [17]


The newly rebuilt Aviva Stadium was chosen to host all six games of the 2011 tournament.

Aviva Stadium
Capacity: 51,700
Aviva Stadium(Dublin Arena).JPG



1Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 330090+99
2Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 320162+46
3Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 31023633
4Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 3003010100
Source: rssssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored;

All times are local.


Republic of Ireland v Wales

Republic of Ireland  Flag of Ireland.svg3–0Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Gibson Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Duff Soccerball shade.svg 67'
Fahey Soccerball shade.svg 83'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 19,783
Referee: Mark Courtney (Northern Ireland)
GK1 Shay Given (c)
CB2 Sean St Ledger
LB3 Ciaran Clark
RB4 John O'Shea Sub off.svg 85'
CB5 Richard Dunne
CM6 Glenn Whelan Sub off.svg 76'
RM7 Séamus Coleman Sub off.svg 59'
CM8 Darron Gibson Sub off.svg 81'
CF9 Kevin Doyle Sub off.svg 46'
CF10 Jonathan Walters
LM11 Damien Duff Sub off.svg 71'
FW17 Shane Long Sub on.svg 46'
MF18 Keith Fahey Sub on.svg 59'
MF13 Andy Keogh Sub on.svg 71'
MF12 Paul Green Sub on.svg 76'
MF14 Marc Wilson Sub on.svg 81'
DF19 Darren O'Dea Sub on.svg 85'
Flag of Italy.svg Giovanni Trapattoni
GK1 Wayne Hennessey
RB2 Neal Eardley Sub off.svg 46'
LB3 Sam Ricketts Sub off.svg 83'
CB4 Danny Collins
CB5 James Collins (c)
CM6 Andrew Crofts
CM7 David Vaughan Sub off.svg 61'
CM8 Andy King
RF9 Simon Church
CF10 Robert Earnshaw Sub off.svg 80'
LF11 Hal Robson-Kanu Sub off.svg 68'
DF13 Chris Gunter Sub on.svg 46'
MF16 Joe Ledley Sub on.svg 61'
MF15 Freddie Eastwood Sub on.svg 68'
FW14 Jermaine Easter Sub on.svg 80'
DF21 Lewin Nyatanga Sub on.svg 83'
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Gary Speed

Northern Ireland v Scotland

Northern Ireland  Ulster Banner.svg0–3Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Report Miller Soccerball shade.svg 19'
McArthur Soccerball shade.svg 31'
Commons Soccerball shade.svg 51'
GK1 Jonathan Tuffey (c)
RB2 Rory McArdle Sub off.svg 46'
LB3 Chris Baird
CM4 Gareth McAuley
CB5 Stephen Craigan Sub off.svg 66'
CB6 Corry Evans
RM7 Paddy McCourt
CM8 Steven Davis Sub off.svg 58'
CF9 Rory Patterson
CF10 Grant McCann Sub off.svg 46'
LM11 Niall McGinn Sub off.svg 72'
DF13 Lee Hodson Sub on.svg 46'
FW15 David Healy Sub on.svg 46'
MF17 Oliver Norwood Sub on.svg 58'
MF14 Adam Thompson Sub on.svg 66'
FW16 Liam Boyce Sub on.svg 72'
Ulster Banner.svg Nigel Worthington
GK1 Allan McGregor
RB2 Alan Hutton
LB3 Phil Bardsley Sub off.svg 58'
CB4 Christophe Berra
CB5 Steven Caldwell
CM6 Charlie Adam Sub off.svg 58'
AM7 James Morrison Sub off.svg 79'
RM8 Steven Naismith Sub off.svg 58'
CF9 Kenny Miller (c)Sub off.svg 87'
LM11 Kris Commons Sub off.svg 72'
CM13 James McArthur
MF15 Barry Bannan Sub on.svg 58'
DF16 Mark Wilson Sub on.svg 58'
MF20 Robert Snodgrass Sub on.svg 58'
MF17 Craig Conway Sub on.svg 72'
FW19 Chris Maguire Sub on.svg 79'
DF14 Danny Wilson Sub on.svg 87'
Flag of Scotland.svg Craig Levein

Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland  Flag of Ireland.svg5–0Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
Ward Soccerball shade.svg 24'
Keane Soccerball shade.svg 37', 54' (pen.)
Cathcart Soccerball shade.svg 45' (o.g.)
Cox Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 15,083
Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)
GK1 Shay Given Sub off.svg 72'
RB2 Paul McShane
CB4 Stephen Kelly
CB5 Damien Delaney
LB3 Stephen Ward
CM6 Kevin Foley Sub off.svg 70'
RM7 Séamus Coleman Sub off.svg 55'
CM8 Keith Andrews
CF9 Simon Cox
CF10 Robbie Keane (c)Sub off.svg 62'
LM11 Keith Treacy
MF13 Liam Lawrence Sub on.svg 55'
MF12 Andy Keogh Sub on.svg 62'
MF17 Stephen Hunt Sub on.svg 70'
GK16 David Forde Sub on.svg 72'
Flag of Italy.svg Giovanni Trapattoni
GK1 Alan Blayney
RB2 Adam Thompson Red card.svg 54'
LB3 Lee Hodson
CB4 Craig Cathcart
CB5 Gareth McAuley (c)
RM6 Sammy Clingan
CM7 Josh Carson Sub off.svg 72'
CM8 Steven Davis Sub off.svg 76'
CF9 Josh McQuoid Sub off.svg 46'
CF10 Warren Feeney Sub off.svg 72'
LM11 Johnny Gorman Sub off.svg 56'
MF14 Oliver Norwood Sub on.svg 46'
DF13 Colin Coates Sub on.svg 56'
MF15 Niall McGinn Sub on.svg 72'
FW16 Liam Boyce Sub on.svg 72'
MF17 Robert Garrett Sub on.svg 76'
Ulster Banner.svg Nigel Worthington

Wales v Scotland

Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg1–3Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Earnshaw Soccerball shade.svg 36' Report Morrison Soccerball shade.svg 55'
Miller Soccerball shade.svg 63'
Berra Soccerball shade.svg 70'
GK1 Boaz Myhill
RB2 Neal Eardley Sub off.svg 61'
LB3 Neil Taylor Sub off.svg 46'
CM4 Owain Tudur Jones Sub off.svg 72'
CB5 Craig Morgan
CB6 Darcy Blake
CM7 Andy Dorman Sub off.svg 61'
CM8 Andy King Sub off.svg 61'
CF9 Sam Vokes Sub off.svg 72'
CF10 Robert Earnshaw (c)
CF11 Jermaine Easter
DF13 Chris Gunter Sub on.svg 46'
MF17 Aaron Ramsey Sub on.svg 61'
DF18 Adam Matthews Sub on.svg 61'
MF19 David Cotterill Sub on.svg 61'
MF16 David Vaughan Sub on.svg 72'
FW20 Steve Morison Sub on.svg 72'
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Gary Speed
GK1 Allan McGregor
RB2 Steven Whittaker Sub off.svg 81'
LB3 Stephen Crainey Sub off.svg 81'
CB4 Christophe Berra
CB5 Gary Caldwell Sub off.svg 84'
LM6 James Morrison Sub off.svg 74'
CF7 Ross McCormack Sub off.svg 74'
CM8 Scott Brown
CF9 Kenny Miller (c)
CM10 Charlie Adam Sub off.svg 88'
RM11 Steven Naismith
MF16 Barry Robson Sub on.svg 74'
MF18 Barry Bannan Sub on.svg 74'
DF14 Phil Bardsley Sub on.svg 81'
DF20 Russell Martin Sub on.svg 81'
DF22 Grant Hanley Sub on.svg 84'
MF13 James McArthur Sub on.svg 88'
Flag of Scotland.svg Craig Levein

Wales v Northern Ireland

Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg2–0Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
Ramsey Soccerball shade.svg 36'
Earnshaw Soccerball shade.svg 69'
GK1 Wayne Hennessey Sub off.svg 74'
DF2 Chris Gunter Sub off.svg 72'
DF3 Neil Taylor
MF4 Jack Collison Sub off.svg 61'
DF5 Danny Collins
DF6 Danny Gabbidon
AM7 David Cotterill
CF8 Craig Bellamy Sub off.svg 61'
CF9 Steve Morison Sub off.svg 80'
MF10 Aaron Ramsey (c)Sub off.svg 89'
MF11 David Vaughan
CF17 Robert Earnshaw Sub on.svg 61'
MF16 Owain Tudur Jones Sub on.svg 61'
DF13 Adam Matthews Sub on.svg 72'
GK12 Lewis Price Sub on.svg 74'
CF18 Sam Vokes Sub on.svg 80'
MF19 Andy Dorman Sub on.svg 89'
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Gary Speed
GK1 Jonathan Tuffey
DF2 Lee Hodson
DF3 Colin Coates
DF4 Craig Cathcart Sub off.svg 61'
DF5 Gareth McAuley (c)
MF6 Oliver Norwood
MF7 Josh Carson
MF8 Robert Garrett Sub off.svg 75'
MF9 Niall McGinn Sub off.svg 80'
FW10 Warren Feeney Sub off.svg 72'
FW11 Johnny Gorman
MF15 Stuart Dallas Sub on.svg 61'
FW14 Liam Boyce Sub on.svg 72'
DF13 Carl Winchester Sub on.svg 75'
FW16 Jordan Owens Sub on.svg 80'
Ulster Banner.svg Nigel Worthington

Republic of Ireland v Scotland

Republic of Ireland  Flag of Ireland.svg1–0Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Keane Soccerball shade.svg 23' Report
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 17,694
Referee: Mark Whitby (Wales)
GK1 Shay Given
CB2 Paul McShane Yellow card.svg 42'
LB3 Stephen Ward
RB4 Stephen Kelly
CB5 Darren O'Dea Sub off.svg 66'
CM6 Keith Fahey Yellow card.svg 48'
RM7 Liam Lawrence Sub off.svg 62'
CM8 Keith Andrews Yellow card.svg 90'
CF9 Simon Cox
CF10 Robbie Keane (c)Sub off.svg 83'
LM11 Stephen Hunt
MF13 Séamus Coleman Sub on.svg 62'
DF12 Kevin Foley Yellow card.svg 73'Sub on.svg 66'
MF15 Keith Treacy Sub on.svg 83'
Flag of Italy.svg Giovanni Trapattoni
GK1 Allan McGregor
RB2 Steven Whittaker
LB3 Phil Bardsley
CB4 Christophe Berra
CB5 Grant Hanley
RM6 Barry Robson Sub off.svg 75'
LM7 James Forrest Sub off.svg 85'
CM8 Scott Brown
CF9 Kenny Miller (c)Yellow card.svg 76'
CM10 Charlie Adam Yellow card.svg 62'Sub off.svg 63'
CF11 Steven Naismith
MF16 Barry Bannan Sub on.svg 63'
MF19 Chris Maguire Sub on.svg 75'
FW17 Ross McCormack Sub on.svg 85'
Flag of Scotland.svg Craig Levein


3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 goal (own goal)

Media coverage

Every match of the tournament was shown live on Sky Sports (also on Sky 3D), with the Wales matches simulcasted live with Welsh language commentary on S4C. [18]


The Football Association of Ireland was criticised by the media, supporters and other football associations for setting high ticket prices. The 51,700-capacity Aviva Stadium was less than half-full for all of the games. [19] [20] The game between Wales and Northern Ireland was attended by only 529 fans, many of whom were Scots who happened to be in Dublin for their country's game two days later.

During the game between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Republic fans booed "God Save the Queen", and Northern Ireland fans booed the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, as she greeted players before the game. [21] [22] Northern Ireland fans were criticised for singing sectarian chants at games. [23] Scotland fans also booed "God Save the Queen", when playing Northern Ireland. [24]

Wales manager Gary Speed criticised the tournament organisers for scheduling Wales' games to be within three days of each other, the only team to suffer such timing. He also criticised the officiating in the game against Scotland, in which in his opinion several fouls on Welsh players went unpunished. [25] [26]

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