Thursday 23 October 2014

Euro 88 revisited


The 1988 European Championships was the first major international football finals that Ireland qualified for. A World Cup winner with England, Jack Charlton led them to qualification on his first attempt, having been appointed manager less than two years earlier.
The tournament was held in the former West Germany and involved just eight teams in a league knock-out format. The winners of each group would face the runners-up of the other in the semi-finals.
Euro 88 goes down in the history books as Ireland's first appearance in a major international football finals. But without doubt the memory that will last longest in the hearts of Irish football fans is that goal by Ray Houghton and the famous victory over England in Stuttgart.

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