Ireland take on Bosnia and Hungary in Euro 2012 warmup games
The Republic of Ireland will play friendlies against Hungary and Bosnia & Herzegovina as part of their preparation for Euro 2012.
The FAI has confirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland side will take on Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday May 26th, before they travel to their training camp in Florence. Following a week in Italy, the squad will travel to Budapest to face Hungary on Monday June 4th.
Bosnia finished runners-up to France in Euro 2012 qualifying Group D, but fell at the final hurdle as they were once again drawn to face Portugal in the playoffs. A credible 0-0 draw at home was followed by a thrilling 6-2 encounter in Lisbon, which knocked Bosnia out of the competition. They are currently ranked 19th in the world, their highest ever FIFA ranking.
Fourth seeds Hungary performed above expectations in qualifying, finishing third in Group E behind the Netherlands and Sweden, beating the Swedes 2-1 in Budapest, and playing out a 5-3 loss with Holland in Amsterdam. They are 37th in the world, but the away friendly should be a good test for Trapattoni’s players.
Ireland take on Czech Republic at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday February 29th, with tickets prices €20 for adults and €10 for children available from January 26th.