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.”
england should be there
joke that they can have Northern Ireland and not England there. Even more of a joke that it’s in EIRE and England aren’t there.
Should be a good tournament and without the threat of the English rioting we can get on with enjoying the atmosphere and football.
england declined to join, i guess they think its beneath them huh
might be a bit of a problem being played at the end of the season, not sure how that’ll go down with club teams