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The 2011 Nations Cup (also known as the Carling Nations Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the round-robin football tournament between the Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales national teams.[1]

2011 Nations Cup
Nations Cup (football) logo.jpg
Tournament details
Host country Republic of Ireland
City Dublin
Dates 8 February – 29 May 2011
Teams 4
Venue(s) Aviva Stadium
Final positions
Champions  Republic of Ireland (1st title)
Runners-up  Scotland
Third place  Wales
Fourth place  Northern Ireland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Goals scored 18 (3 per match)
Attendance 74,867 (12,478 per match)
Top scorer(s) Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane (3)

The first set of two games were played in Dublin in February, with the remaining four games played in May 2011.[2][3] It was won by the Republic of Ireland, who won all three of their games without conceding a goal.[4][5]

Contents

HistoryEdit

The tournament was initially proposed by then Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez in 2006.[6] On 18 September 2008, the national football associations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland announced plans to hold an international tournament in 2011.[7] The tournament was due to start in 2009, but was delayed until 2011 due to 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixtures already being in place.[8]

It was announced on 12 August 2010, that the tournament would be sponsored by brewing company Carling, and known for sponsorship reasons as the Carling Nations Cup.[1][9] The inaugural tournament was played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in February and May 2011, and won by the Republic of Ireland. A second tournament was provisionally scheduled to take place in Wales in 2013.[10] After the first tournament, which attracted some small attendances, there was a dispute about the division of revenues between the four associations.[10] Jim Shaw, the president of the Irish Football Association, said in January 2012 that he did not envisage a second tournament being staged.[10]

The 2011 Nations Cup began in February 2011 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The Republic of Ireland won the inaugural tournament after winning all three of their matches, culminating with a 1–0 win over Scotland on the final matchday. It was originally intended to be a biennial tournament, but poor attendance at the first tournament meant that it was discontinued.[2][11][12]

FormatEdit

The Nations Cup was structured as a round-robin, with each team playing each of the others once, resulting in a total of six games in each season of the competition.[1][2] Three of the teams involved (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) had formerly competed in the now defunct British Home Championship, along with England.[6] The Football Association of Wales stated its belief in 2007 that England might have joined at a later date if they could have been convinced that there were "practical solutions" to problems like fixture congestion.[13]

In early 2011, it was reported by BBC Sport that there was a possibility of the British Home Championship being revived in 2013,[14][15] but no tournament was held. The matches in the 2011 tournament were played in February and May, with the location due to rotate on a tournament-by-tournament basis.[16] Brittany also expressed an interest in taking part.[17]

VenueEdit

The newly rebuilt Aviva Stadium was chosen to host all six games of the 2011 tournament.

Dublin
Aviva Stadium
Capacity: 51,700
 

RefereesEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Republic of Ireland 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9 9
2   Scotland 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
3   Wales 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
4   Northern Ireland 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0
Source: rssssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored;

All times are local.

FixturesEdit

Republic of Ireland v WalesEdit

Republic of Ireland   3–0   Wales
Gibson   60'
Duff   67'
Fahey   83'
Report
Attendance: 19,783
GK 1 Shay Given (c)
CB 2 Sean St Ledger
LB 3 Ciaran Clark
RB 4 John O'Shea   85'
CB 5 Richard Dunne
CM 6 Glenn Whelan   76'
RM 7 Séamus Coleman   59'
CM 8 Darron Gibson   81'
CF 9 Kevin Doyle   46'
CF 10 Jonathan Walters
LM 11 Damien Duff   71'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Shane Long   46'
MF 18 Keith Fahey   59'
MF 13 Andy Keogh   71'
MF 12 Paul Green   76'
MF 14 Marc Wilson   81'
DF 19 Darren O'Dea   85'
Manager:
  Giovanni Trapattoni
GK 1 Wayne Hennessey
RB 2 Neal Eardley   46'
LB 3 Sam Ricketts   83'
CB 4 Danny Collins
CB 5 James Collins (c)
CM 6 Andrew Crofts
CM 7 David Vaughan   61'
CM 8 Andy King
RF 9 Simon Church
CF 10 Robert Earnshaw   80'
LF 11 Hal Robson-Kanu   68'
Substitutions:
DF 13 Chris Gunter   46'
MF 16 Joe Ledley   61'
MF 15 Freddie Eastwood   68'
FW 14 Jermaine Easter   80'
DF 21 Lewin Nyatanga   83'
Manager:
  Gary Speed

Northern Ireland v ScotlandEdit

Northern Ireland   0–3   Scotland
Report Miller   19'
McArthur   31'
Commons   51'
Attendance: 18,742
GK 1 Jonathan Tuffey (c)
RB 2 Rory McArdle   46'
LB 3 Chris Baird
CM 4 Gareth McAuley
CB 5 Stephen Craigan   66'
CB 6 Corry Evans
RM 7 Paddy McCourt
CM 8 Steven Davis   58'
CF 9 Rory Patterson
CF 10 Grant McCann   46'
LM 11 Niall McGinn   72'
Substitutions:
DF 13 Lee Hodson   46'
FW 15 David Healy   46'
MF 17 Oliver Norwood   58'
MF 14 Adam Thompson   66'
FW 16 Liam Boyce   72'
Manager:
  Nigel Worthington
GK 1 Allan McGregor
RB 2 Alan Hutton
LB 3 Phil Bardsley   58'
CB 4 Christophe Berra
CB 5 Steven Caldwell
CM 6 Charlie Adam   58'
AM 7 James Morrison   79'
RM 8 Steven Naismith   58'
CF 9 Kenny Miller (c)   87'
LM 11 Kris Commons   72'
CM 13 James McArthur
Substitutions:
MF 15 Barry Bannan   58'
DF 16 Mark Wilson   58'
MF 20 Robert Snodgrass   58'
MF 17 Craig Conway   72'
FW 19 Chris Maguire   79'
DF 14 Danny Wilson   87'
Manager:
  Craig Levein

Republic of Ireland v Northern IrelandEdit

Republic of Ireland   5–0   Northern Ireland
Ward   24'
Keane   37'54' (pen.)
Cathcart   45' (o.g.)
Cox   80'
Report
Attendance: 15,083
GK 1 Shay Given   72'
RB 2 Paul McShane
CB 4 Stephen Kelly
CB 5 Damien Delaney
LB 3 Stephen Ward
CM 6 Kevin Foley   70'
RM 7 Séamus Coleman   55'
CM 8 Keith Andrews
CF 9 Simon Cox
CF 10 Robbie Keane (c)   62'
LM 11 Keith Treacy
Substitutions:
MF 13 Liam Lawrence   55'
MF 12 Andy Keogh   62'
MF 17 Stephen Hunt   70'
GK 16 David Forde   72'
Manager:
  Giovanni Trapattoni
GK 1 Alan Blayney
RB 2 Adam Thompson   54'
LB 3 Lee Hodson
CB 4 Craig Cathcart
CB 5 Gareth McAuley (c)
RM 6 Sammy Clingan
CM 7 Josh Carson   72'
CM 8 Steven Davis   76'
CF 9 Josh McQuoid   46'
CF 10 Warren Feeney   72'
LM 11 Johnny Gorman   56'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Oliver Norwood   46'
DF 13 Colin Coates   56'
MF 15 Niall McGinn   72'
FW 16 Liam Boyce   72'
MF 17 Robert Garrett   76'
Manager:
  Nigel Worthington

Wales v ScotlandEdit

Wales   1–3   Scotland
Earnshaw   36' Report Morrison   55'
Miller   63'
Berra   70'
Attendance: 6,036
GK 1 Boaz Myhill
RB 2 Neal Eardley   61'
LB 3 Neil Taylor   46'
CM 4 Owain Tudur Jones   72'
CB 5 Craig Morgan
CB 6 Darcy Blake
CM 7 Andy Dorman   61'
CM 8 Andy King   61'
CF 9 Sam Vokes   72'
CF 10 Robert Earnshaw (c)
CF 11 Jermaine Easter
Substitutions:
DF 13 Chris Gunter   46'
MF 17 Aaron Ramsey   61'
DF 18 Adam Matthews   61'
MF 19 David Cotterill   61'
MF 16 David Vaughan   72'
FW 20 Steve Morison   72'
Manager:
  Gary Speed
GK 1 Allan McGregor
RB 2 Steven Whittaker   81'
LB 3 Stephen Crainey   81'
CB 4 Christophe Berra
CB 5 Gary Caldwell   84'
LM 6 James Morrison   74'
CF 7 Ross McCormack   74'
CM 8 Scott Brown
CF 9 Kenny Miller (c)
CM 10 Charlie Adam   88'
RM 11 Steven Naismith
Substitutions:
MF 16 Barry Robson   74'
MF 18 Barry Bannan   74'
DF 14 Phil Bardsley   81'
DF 20 Russell Martin   81'
DF 22 Grant Hanley   84'
MF 13 James McArthur   88'
Manager:
  Craig Levein

Wales v Northern IrelandEdit

Wales   2–0   Northern Ireland
Ramsey   36'
Earnshaw   69'
Report
Attendance: 529
GK 1 Wayne Hennessey   74'
DF 2 Chris Gunter   72'
DF 3 Neil Taylor
MF 4 Jack Collison   61'
DF 5 Danny Collins
DF 6 Danny Gabbidon
AM 7 David Cotterill
CF 8 Craig Bellamy   61'
CF 9 Steve Morison   80'
MF 10 Aaron Ramsey (c)   89'
MF 11 David Vaughan
Substitutions:
CF 17 Robert Earnshaw   61'
MF 16 Owain Tudur Jones   61'
DF 13 Adam Matthews   72'
GK 12 Lewis Price   74'
CF 18 Sam Vokes   80'
MF 19 Andy Dorman   89'
Manager:
  Gary Speed
GK 1 Jonathan Tuffey
DF 2 Lee Hodson
DF 3 Colin Coates
DF 4 Craig Cathcart   61'
DF 5 Gareth McAuley (c)
MF 6 Oliver Norwood
MF 7 Josh Carson
MF 8 Robert Garrett   75'
MF 9 Niall McGinn   80'
FW 10 Warren Feeney   72'
FW 11 Johnny Gorman
Substitutions:
MF 15 Stuart Dallas   61'
FW 14 Liam Boyce   72'
DF 13 Carl Winchester   75'
FW 16 Jordan Owens   80'
Manager:
  Nigel Worthington

Republic of Ireland v ScotlandEdit

Republic of Ireland   1–0   Scotland
Keane   23' Report
Attendance: 17,694
Referee: Mark Whitby (Wales)
GK 1 Shay Given
CB 2 Paul McShane   42'
LB 3 Stephen Ward
RB 4 Stephen Kelly
CB 5 Darren O'Dea   66'
CM 6 Keith Fahey   48'
RM 7 Liam Lawrence   62'
CM 8 Keith Andrews   90'
CF 9 Simon Cox
CF 10 Robbie Keane (c)   83'
LM 11 Stephen Hunt
Substitutions:
MF 13 Séamus Coleman   62'
DF 12 Kevin Foley   73'   66'
MF 15 Keith Treacy   83'
Manager:
  Giovanni Trapattoni
GK 1 Allan McGregor
RB 2 Steven Whittaker
LB 3 Phil Bardsley
CB 4 Christophe Berra
CB 5 Grant Hanley
RM 6 Barry Robson   75'
LM 7 James Forrest   85'
CM 8 Scott Brown
CF 9 Kenny Miller (c)   76'
CM 10 Charlie Adam   62'   63'
CF 11 Steven Naismith
Substitutions:
MF 16 Barry Bannan   63'
MF 19 Chris Maguire   75'
FW 17 Ross McCormack   85'
Manager:
  Craig Levein

ScorersEdit

Media coverageEdit

Every match of the tournament was shown live on Sky Sports (also on Sky 3D), with the Wales matches simulcasted live with Welsh language commentary on S4C.[18]

  •   United Kingdom and   Ireland: Sky Sports
    •   Ireland: RTÉ (Highlights of all matches)
    •   Northern Ireland: BBC Northern Ireland (Highlights of Northern Irish matches only)
    •   Wales: S4C (Welsh matches only)

CriticismEdit

The Football Association of Ireland was criticised by the media, supporters and other football associations for setting high ticket prices. The 51,700-capacity Aviva Stadium was less than half-full for all of the games.[19][20] The game between Wales and Northern Ireland was attended by only 529 fans, many of whom were Scots who happened to be in Dublin for their country's game two days later.

Northern Ireland fans were criticised for singing sectarian chants at games.[21] During the game between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Republic fans booed "God Save the Queen", the national anthem of Northern Ireland, and Northern Ireland fans booed the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, as she greeted players before the game.[22][23] Scotland fans also booed "God Save the Queen", when playing Northern Ireland.[24]

Wales manager Gary Speed criticised the tournament organisers for scheduling Wales' games to be within three days of each other, the only team to suffer such timing. He also criticised the officiating in the game against Scotland, in which in his opinion several fouls on Welsh players went unpunished.[25][26]

ReferencesEdit

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  26. ^ "Wales are Carling Cup 'poor relations' says Gary Speed". BBC News. BBC. 25 May 2011. Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011.