Republic of Ireland set up two 'Three' International Friendlies

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Republic of Ireland set up two 'Three' International Friendlies

Aviva Stadium to host Bulgaria and New Zealand
17th Jan 2019

The Republic of Ireland have added two more home games at Aviva Stadium to their 2019 schedule with the 'Three' International Friendly games against Bulgaria and New Zealand.

Ireland will welcome Bulgaria to Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, September 10, which will be five days after Mick McCarthy's team will have faced Switzerland at home in their UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier.

The game against New Zealand will be at Aviva Stadium on Thursday, November 14, which is four days before Ireland complete their fixtures in Group D with a home clash against Denmark.

The two friendly games bring the total of internationals in 2019 up to 10 - six of which will be played on home soil - as McCarthy aims to lead his team to qualification for EURO 2020, which will also have four games at Aviva Stadium.

Bulgaria, who are currently 46th on the FIFA World Rankings, finishing second in their 2018 UEFA Nations League group following wins over Slovenia, Norway and Cyprus. They last visited Dublin in March 2009 and this will be the 10th meeting between the teams.

Ireland have never played against New Zealand at senior level and they will be the 80th different country that Ireland will have faced since 1926.   

Tickets for these games will be released in due course. Meanwhile, a duo package for the opening EURO 2020 Qualifiers at Aviva Stadium is available now by clicking here

Pre-sales for Ireland v Georgia will commence on Wednesday, January 23 with general public tickets going on sale on Monday, January 28.


The FAI are awaiting a final decision from UEFA on confirmation of the venue for Ireland's EURO 2020 Qualifier away to Gibraltar on Saturday, March 23. The Gibraltar FA had selected the Victoria Stadium before the UEFA deadline but are currently in discussions with UEFA to assess the suitability of the stadium to host EURO 2020 Qualifiers.

Ireland supporters are advised to wait until UEFA officially confirms the venue for this fixture before amending any of their travel plans as the FAI expects a final decision by early next week.