Monday 27 February 2017

Ireland's opponents

World ranking: 3

Manager: Joachim Loew

Euro 2012 status: Marched to next summer's finals with a frightening 100pc record and they are hotly fancied to win the competition outright.

Sweden

World ranking: 14

Manager: Erik Hamren

Euro 2012 status: Qualified as best runners-up after stopping the Dutch from going through the campaign with a 100pc success rate. In Pot 3 for the draw in Kiev.

Austria

World ranking: 72

Manager: Marcel Koller

Euro 2012 status: Finished fourth in Germany's group, losing four out of their 10 games, with Turkey and Belgium also ahead of them in the final standings.

Faroe Islands

World ranking: 122

Manager: Lars Olsen

Euro 2012 status: Performed credibly under Brian Kerr, registering a win over Estonia and a draw with Northern Ireland. Still finished bottom of Group C though.

Kazakhstan

World ranking: 129

Manager: Miroslav Beranek

Euro 2012 status: The whipping boys of Germany's group landed rock bottom with four points from 10 matches, scoring just six goals and conceding 24.

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