Greece and Poland bound for Aviva


Soccer:Greece and Poland have been revealed as the Republic of Ireland’s next two friendly opponents. Greece, the 2004 European champions, will provide the opposition at the Aviva Stadium on November 14th, while Ireland’s Euro 2012 hosts Poland have been booked in for the February 6th.

The announcement comes days after the FAI confirmed a friendly with England in Wembley in May next year.

"These matches provide me with a very important opportunity to work with the squad and test ourselves against strong European opposition in preparation for the pivotal World Cup Qualification double header against Sweden and Austria in March 2013,” said Giovanni Trapattoni today.

Ireland have faced Greece only twice before, having lost one and drawn one. Poland have won 10 and lost five of 23 meetings with Ireland.

"For the record number of fans who travelled to Poland for Euro 2012, this encounter will be seen as something of a reunion with their Polish counterparts and an opportunity to relive the spirit of Poznan and Gdansk," added an FAI statement.

Trapattoni’s side will have faced Germany and the Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifiers by the time Greece come to town and the manager will hope to have at least seven points in Group C by then, after a fortunate opening 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan this month.

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