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List of the best soccer players from Ireland. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Ireland, along with photos when available. This list of best Irish soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Irish soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

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Roy Keane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder Roy Maurice Keane is an Irish football manager and former professional football player. He is the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team. In his 18-year-long playing ...more

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Paul McGrath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender Paul McGrath is a retired Irish footballer, who played as a defender from 1981 until 1998. McGrath is widely recognised as one of the greatest players to have ever come out of Ireland. In a ...more

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Robbie Keane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward Robert David "Robbie" Keane is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a striker and is captain of both Los Angeles Galaxy and the Republic of Ireland national football team. ...more

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Liam Brady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder Liam Brady is an Irish former football player, and former assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team. In his playing days, Brady was a midfielder renowned for his ...more

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Denis Irwin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender Denis Joseph Irwin is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a full-back from 1983 to 2004. Born in Cork, Ireland, he is best known for his long and successful stint at Manchester ...more

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Shay Given is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Goalkeeper Shay John James Given is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Aston Villa. He plays at international level for the Republic of Ireland national football team. As he ...more

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Johnny Giles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder Michael John "Johnny" Giles is a former association footballer and manager best remembered for his time as a midfielder with Leeds United in the 1960s and 1970s. Since retiring from ...more

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Johnny Carey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender John James "Johnny" Carey, also known as Jackie Carey, was an Irish professional footballer and manager. As a player Carey spent most of his career at Manchester United, where he was ...more

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Jimmy Dunne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Charlers added Forward James "Jimmy" Dunne was an Irish footballer who played for, among others, Shamrock Rovers, Sheffield United, Arsenal and Southampton. Dunne was also a dual internationalist and played ...more

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Billy Whelan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Charlers added Forward, Inside forward William Augustine Whelan, also known as Billy Whelan or Liam Whelan, was an Irish footballer and one of the eight Manchester United players who were killed in the Munich air disaster. He was 22 ...more

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Damien Duff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender, Forward, Midfielder Damien Anthony Duff is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Melbourne City. Duff has previously played for Blackburn Rovers, with whom he won the Football League Cup; ...more

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John Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward John William Aldridge is a former Republic of Ireland international footballer and football manager. He was a prolific record-breaking striker best known for his productive time with Liverpool ...more

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Ronnie Whelan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder Ronald Andrew "Ronnie" Whelan is a former Irish association football midfielder, and sometimes defender, who was an integral part of the dominant Liverpool side of the 1980s. He was at ...more

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Séamus Coleman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender, Midfielder Séamus Coleman is an Irish footballer who plays for Everton and the Republic of Ireland. Originally a Gaelic footballer, Coleman started his association football career with Sligo Rovers ...more

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Kevin Moran is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender Kevin Bernard Moran is a former Irish footballer who excelled at the top levels in both Gaelic and soccer. In Gaelic football, he is known for his time as a Dublin senior team player, winning ...more

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David O'Leary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender David Anthony O'Leary is an Irish football manager and former player. His managerial career began at Leeds United and later he managed Aston Villa. He most recently worked as the manager of ...more

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Frank Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward Francis Anthony "Frank" Stapleton is an Irish former football player and manager, and current assistant manager to Ray Wilkins with Jordan. He is best remembered for his time at ...more

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Ray Houghton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder Raymond James "Ray" Houghton is a retired football player, and current analyst and commentator with RTÉ Sport. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Houghton played international football ...more

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Packie Bonner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Goalkeeper Patrick Joseph "Packie" Bonner is an Irish former football goalkeeper for Celtic. He earned 80 caps for the Republic of Ireland national football team after making his debut on his ...more

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John O'Shea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender, Midfielder John Francis O'Shea is an Irish footballer, who plays as a defender for Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland national football team. He is known for his versatility in playing several ...more

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Steve Staunton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender Stephen "Steve" Staunton is an Irish association football manager and former professional footballer, who was most recently manager of Darlington. He earned 102 caps for the Republic ...more

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Niall Quinn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward Niall John Quinn is an Irish former professional footballer and businessman, and the ex-chairman of Sunderland A.F.C.. Quinn continued as Sunderland's director responsible for international ...more

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Richard Dunne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender Richard Patrick Dunne is an Irish footballer who plays as a defender and currently plays for Queens Park Rangers. He also played internationally for the Republic of Ireland national football ...more

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Steve Heighway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Stephen Derek "Steve" Heighway is an Irish former footballer who was part of the hugely successful Liverpool team of the 1970s.

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Noel Cantwell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
BobMowery added Noel Euchuria Cornelius Cantwell was an Irish cricketer and football player born in County Cork, Ireland. He was educated at the Roman Catholic Presentation Brothers College in Cork.

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Shay Brennan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
BobMowery added Defender Seamus Anthony "Shay" Brennan was an Irish footballer in the 1960s. He was a full back for Manchester United. His first game for the club came in an FA Cup match against Sheffield ...more

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Mark Lawrenson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender Mark Thomas Lawrenson is a former professional footballer, a defender in the Liverpool and Ireland football teams of the 1980s. After a short career as a manager, he has since been a radio, ...more

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Andy Townsend is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder Andrew "Andy" David Townsend is a retired footballer who played in two World Cups for the Republic of Ireland and is now a television and radio pundit Starting his career at Welling ...more

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Steve Finnan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender Stephen John "Steve" Finnan is a retired Irish international footballer who played as a right back. He is the only player to have played in the World Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA ...more

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Don Givens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Don Givens Forward Daniel Joseph "Don" Givens is a football player and coach, and former Republic of Ireland U21 team manager. He was part of the FAI's three-man selection committee in helping to select ...more

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Chris Hughton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender Christopher William Gerard "Chris" Hughton is a former professional football player and current manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. In 1979, he became the first mixed race player to ...more

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Peter Doherty is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward, Inside forward Peter Dermot Doherty was a Northern Ireland international footballer and manager who played for several clubs, including Manchester City and Doncaster Rovers. An inside left, he was one of the ...more

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Shane Long is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward Shane Patrick Long is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Southampton and the Republic of Ireland national team as a striker. He is known as "a powerful, no-nonsense ...more

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Tony Cascarino is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward Anthony Guy "Tony" Cascarino is a former footballer who played as a forward for various British and French clubs and internationally for the Republic of Ireland national team, with ...more

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Elisha Scott is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Goalkeeper Elisha Scott was an Irish football goalkeeper who most notably played for Liverpool from 1912 to 1934.

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Kevin Kilbane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender, Midfielder Kevin Daniel Kilbane is a former professional footballer who played as both a left back and a left winger. Born and raised in England but of Irish descent, Kilbane won 110 caps for the Republic ...more

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Jason McAteer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder Jason Wynne McAteer is a retired professional footballer, who represented the Republic of Ireland at international level. His primary position was in centre midfield, though he was an able right ...more

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Ian Harte is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender Ian Patrick Harte is an Irish footballer who plays as a defender and is currently playing for Bournemouth. He is best known for his spell at Leeds United and also his ability to score goals from ...more

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Mick McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
BobMowery added Defender Michael Joseph 'Mick' McCarthy is a football manager, pundit and former player who is the current manager of Ipswich Town. Born in Barnsley, England with an Irish father, he played for the ...more

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Robbie Brady is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
BobMowery added Defender, Midfielder Robert "Robbie" Brady is an Irish footballer who plays as a winger for English club Hull City and the Republic of Ireland national team. He has also played internationally for Ireland ...more

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Aiden McGeady is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward, Midfielder Aiden John McGeady is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for English club Everton and for the Republic of Ireland internationally. McGeady was born and brought up in Scotland but ...more

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Gary Kelly is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender Gary Oliver Kelly is an Irish former footballer who played his entire professional career with Leeds United. He played as a right back or a right midfielder from 1992 until 2007 and made 531 ...more

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Gerry Daly is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
BobMowery added Gerry Daly Midfielder Gerard Anthony "Gerry" Daly is an Irish former footballer who played in the Football League for Manchester United, Derby County, Coventry City, Leicester City, Birmingham City, ...more

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Matt Holland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder Matthew Rhys "Matt" Holland is a former professional footballer, who played as a central midfielder. He began his career at West Ham United and subsequently joined Bournemouth, before ...more

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James McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder James McCarthy is a professional footballer who plays for Everton and Republic of Ireland as a central midfielder. McCarthy made over 100 appearances for Hamilton Academical as a teenager, ...more

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Jim Beglin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Jim Beglin Defender James Martin "Jim" Beglin is an Irish former professional footballer.

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Gary Breen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Gary Breen Defender Gary Patrick Breen is a former footballer who made more than 500 appearances in the Football League and Premier League. He played for numerous clubs over a 20-year career, including more than ...more

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Kenny Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender Kenneth Edward "Kenny" Cunningham is an Irish former footballer who played as a defender. He played international football for the Republic of Ireland until his retirement in 2005. He ...more

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Kevin Doyle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward, Midfielder Kevin Edward Doyle is an Irish international footballer who plays as a forward for Wolverhampton Wanderers. With his contract with Wolves expiring at the conclusion of the current season, Doyle ...more

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Alan Kelly, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Goalkeeper Alan Kelly is a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Preston North End, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers, along with short loan spells at Stockport County and ...more