Irleand news

Republic confirm Azzurri date

May 16, 2011

The Republic of Ireland have agreed to take on Italy in a friendly in Belgium next month.

Confirmation of the June 7 fixture came from the Football Association of Ireland on Monday.

Republic coach Giovanni Trapattoni will be taking on his native country, having coached the Azzurri from 2000 to 2004.

The match will take place at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne, home to Standard Liege, three days after the Republic take on FYR Macedonia in a Euro 2012 qualifier.