|Host country||Republic of Ireland|
|Dates||8 February – 29 May 2011|
|Goals scored||18 (3 per match)|
|Attendance||74,867 (12,478 per match)|
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.
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The first set of two games were played in Dublin in February, with the remaining four games played in May 2011.It was won by the Republic of Ireland, who won all three of their games without conceding a goal.
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The newly rebuilt Aviva Stadium was chosen to host all six games of the 2011 tournament.
All times are local.
| Republic of Ireland ||3–0|
| Gibson |
| Northern Ireland ||0–3|
|Report|| Miller |
| Republic of Ireland ||5–0|
| Ward |
| Wales ||1–3|
| Earnshaw ||Report|| Morrison |
| Wales ||2–0|
| Ramsey |
| Republic of Ireland ||1–0|
| Keane ||Report|
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.
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.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.Northern Ireland fans were criticised for singing sectarian chants at games. Scotland fans also booed "God Save the Queen", when playing Northern Ireland.
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