A look at the best, and worst, possible draws for Ireland at Euro 2016

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Will Martin O'Neill be smiling after the draw?
Will Martin O'Neill be smiling after the draw?

The Republic of Ireland will be in the draw for the Euro 2016 finals – but we may be to be in for a rough ride in France next summer.

After the euphoria of the magnificent play-off victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium, we are now facing up to the prospect of being among the bottom seeds at next summer’s finals.

That means Martin O’Neill’s heroes in green will not be draw against Northern Ireland or Wales in Euro 2016 and means we are certain to face a daunting test to navigate our through to the latter stages of the competition.

Here is how the Euro 2016 will shape up for the draw in Paris next month:

POT 1 – Germany, Spain, England, Portugal, Belgium, France

POT 2 – Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Ukraine

POT 3 – Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary

POT 4 – Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Wales, Albania, Northern Ireland

Two Zlatan Ibrahimovic goals eased Sweden into the Euro 2016 party as they saw off Denmark on Tuesday night, while Ukraine were confirmed as finalists as they overcame Slovenia in their play-off.

It means that Ireland could face a formidable group comparable to our Euro 2012 group that could look something like this:



Czech Republic

Republic of Ireland

A more favourable draw could see us paired with Roy Hodgson’s less than impressive England and these rivals:




Republic of Ireland

The draw for the finals will take place at the Palais des Congres de la Porte Maillot in Paris on Saturday, December 12th at 5pm Irish time.