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Thursday 22 February 2018

World Cup 2014: Ireland welcomes Kazakhstan in opening qualifier

IRELAND open and close their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign with games against lowly Kazakhstan.

But in between they face some very serious challenges on the road to the finals in Brazil.

Following a meeting in the German financial capital of Frankfurt, the FAI announced that agreement has been reached over their fixture schedule with opponents Germany, Austria, Sweden, Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men begin their campaign with a trip east on September 7 and follow that by the visit of Germany to the Aviva Stadium on October 12 next year..

Ireland travel to Sweden in March of next year, hosting the return game in September 2012.

Said Trap: "This is a good fixture schedule for our team with a good balance to the matches.

"We finish the campaign at home and start with a single away match against Kazakhstan, which was important, given the long distances involved.

"I am also happy with the balance obtained in the double-headers and the timing of what we would expect to be some of the key matches in the group."

The Group C schedule:

7 September, 2012

Kazakhstan v Republic of Ireland

12 October, 2012

Republic of Ireland v Germany

16 October, 2012

Faroe Islands v Republic of Ireland

22 March, 2013

Sweden v Republic of Ireland

26 March, 2013

Republic of Ireland v Austria

7 June, 2013

Republic of Ireland v Faroe Islands

6 September, 2013

Republic of Ireland v Sweden

10 September, 2013

Austria v Republic of Ireland

11 October, 2013

Germany v Republic of Ireland

15 October, 2013

Republic of Ireland v Kazakhstan

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