Nations Cup launched
Beer brand Carling has been unveiled as the sponsor of the inaugural Carling Nations Cup which will see Northern Ireland take on the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales at the new state-of the-art Aviva Stadium in Dublin early next year.
The Carling Nations Cup, which kicks off on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, will be the first senior international tournament hosted in the Republic of Ireland and marks a significant investment by Carling. The new tournament will be played in a league format with six matches between the four neighbouring teams; the first two taking place at the Aviva Stadium on February 8 and 9 and the remaining four taking place the week commencing May 23.
Former Northern Ireland international Pat Jennings gave his support at the launch of the cup, alongside former internationals Packie Bonner of the Republic of Ireland, Craig Burley of Scotland and Ian Walsh of Wales. Pat Jennings said: “The Carling Nations Cup is a wonderful idea and a welcome addition to the international footballing calendar, harking back to the good old days of the ‘home internationals’ which were always very popular with local football fans.
“I’m sure fans of all four competing teams will be excited at the prospect of playing each other in what is a fantastic new stadium,” he added.