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Ireland's World Cup qualifying fixtures agreed

Updated: Friday, 18 Nov 2011 15:32

Republic of Ireland - Start their World Cup qualifying campaign away to Kazakhstan
Republic of Ireland - Start their World Cup qualifying campaign away to Kazakhstan

The Republic of Ireland will start and end their qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with games against Kazakhstan.

Following a meeting at the headquarters of their German counterparts in Frankfurt, the Football Association of Ireland announced today that agreement has been reached over their fixture schedule.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men begin their campaign with a trip to Kazakhstan on 7 September and follow that by welcoming Germany to the Aviva Stadium on 12 October.

With Germany heavy favourites to top the group, Trapattoni may realistically be hoping to beat Sweden to second place for a play-off spot.

Ireland travel to Sweden in March of next year before hosting the return game in September.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni, who this week guided his side to the Euro 2012 finals after a play-off victory over Estonia, said: "This is a good fixture schedule for our team with a good balance to the matches.

"We finish the campaign at home and start with a single away match against Kazakhstan, which was important given the long distances involved.

"I am also happy with the balance obtained in the double-headers and the timing of what we would expect to be some of the key matches in the group."

Trapattoni's current contract expires at the end to the Euro 2012 campaign, however talks over an extension to cover the World Cup qualifying campaign are expected to take place in the coming weeks.

In an unusual turn, the participating teams agreed to play one match, Faroe Islands v Austria, in early June 2012. This proposal was supported by UEFA.

Republic of Ireland World Cup Qualifying Group C schedule:

7 September, 2012

Kazakhstan v Republic of Ireland

12 October, 2012

Republic of Ireland v Germany

16 October, 2012

Faroe Islands v Republic of Ireland

22 March, 2013

Sweden v Republic of Ireland

26 March, 2013

Republic of Ireland v Austria

7 June, 2013

Republic of Ireland v Faroe Islands

6 September, 2013

Republic of Ireland v Sweden

10 September, 2013

Austria v Republic of Ireland

11 October, 2013

Germany v Republic of Ireland

15 October, 2013

Republic of Ireland v Kazakhstan