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Ireland announce friendly with Uruguay

18 September 2010 5,647 views No Comment Written by Ronan

In yet another massive money-spinner for the FAI, next March will see the Republic of Ireland taking on Uruguay in an international football friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. It’s a big pull for the Irish side, as Uruguay were World Cup semi-finalists earlier this year (albeit controversial Quarter Final winners – but we can relate to that after the Thierry Henry incident).

The friendly game against Uruguay will take place on Tuesday, March 29th, three days after Ireland face Macedonia in a Euro 2012 Group B Qualifier. Both matches are home games, which will result in less travelling for the players.

Giovanni Trapattoni said of the friendly announcement “After playing Brazil and Argentina this year, we now welcome another strong South American side. Having watched Uruguay in this summer’s World Cup, I was impressed by their performance, particularly against Holland in the semi-final, when they were narrowly beaten. This game will act as further good preparation for the June qualifier, before our return leg against Macedonia.”

Ireland have twice played Uruguay before, drawing 1-1 at Lansdowne Road in 1986, and losing 2-0 at Montevideo in 1974. That was back at a time where we played away friendlies, which is something we should be doing now, as they offer much more of a challenge.

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