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 Carling Nations Cup

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.

Carling Nations Cup

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.”

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