The Carling Nations Cup today moved one step closer to its February 2011 kick-off in Dublin with the announcement of the fixtures and dates for the matches along with the unveiling of the competition™s new logo.
The logo incorporates the colours of the four participating nations and highlights Carling™s long association with football throughout the UK and Ireland.
Managers of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland attended today™s event where it was announced that The Carling Nations Cup will kick off on Tuesday February 8 with a match between Giovanni Trapattoni™s Republic of Ireland and Wales.
The full list of fixtures are:
Tuesday February 8 Republic of Ireland v Wales
Wednesday February 9 Northern Ireland v Scotland
Monday May 23 Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland
Tuesday May 24 Wales v Scotland
Thursday May 26 Wales v Northern Ireland
Friday May 27 Republic of Ireland v Scotland
The Carling Nations Cup will be the first senior international tournament hosted in Ireland and will be played in a league format with six matches between the four neighbouring teams. Tickets will go on sale in November.
Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive, Football Association of Wales (FAW) said:
œIt will be fantastic to see these games taking place. We can all remember great matches in the past in the Home Internationals, Championship qualifiers and friendlies. I am sure they will be a huge success and we look forward to generating competitive matches but maintaining the friendly rivalry that exists between our respective countries.”