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The Best Soccer Players from Ireland

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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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Irish footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Irish soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Ireland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Irish soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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    Robbie Keane

    Forward
    417
    103

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Robert David Keane (born 8 July 1980) is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a forward and is the current assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national team and  ...more
  • 2

    Ronnie Whelan

    Midfielder
    206
    37

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Ronald Andrew Whelan (; born 25 September 1961) is an Irish former soccer player who played as a midfielder and sometimes as a defender. He played an integral role in the dominant Liverpool side that  ...more
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    Paul McGrath

    Defender
    265
    69

    BirthplaceEaling, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

    Paul McGrath (born 4 December 1959) is an Irish former professional footballer, who played as a defender. Mainly a centre back, he also played as defensive midfielder. McGrath is widely considered  ...more
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    Steve Heighway

    153
    19
    Stephen Derek Heighway (born 25 November 1947) is an Irish former footballer who was part of the hugely successful Liverpool team of the 1970s. Regarded as one of the greatest ever Liverpool players,  ...more
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    Liam Brady

    Midfielder
    239
    63

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    William Brady (born 13 February 1956) is an Irish former footballer, and assistant manager, of the Republic of Ireland national football team. Brady was a talented offensive midfielder renowned for  ...more

    #94 of 102 Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked#20 of 117 The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time

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    John Aldridge

    Forward
    157
    25

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

    John William "Aldo" Aldridge (born 18 September 1958 in Liverpool, England) is a former Republic of Ireland international footballer and football manager. He was a prolific record-breaking striker  ...more

    #778 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#30 of 135 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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    Mark Lawrenson

    Defender
    138
    18

    BirthplaceCity of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom

    Mark Thomas Lawrenson (born 2 June 1957) is a former Republic of Ireland international footballer who played as a defender for Liverpool, among others, during the 1970s and 1980s. After a short  ...more
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    Steve Staunton

    Defender
    138
    19

    BirthplaceDrogheda, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Stephen Staunton (born 19 January 1969) is an Irish association football manager and former professional footballer who played as a defender. He earned 102 caps for the Republic of Ireland national  ...more
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    Ray Houghton

    Midfielder
    159
    34

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom

    Raymond James Houghton (born 9 January 1962) is a retired football player, and current analyst and commentator with RTÉ Sport. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Houghton played international football for  ...more
  • 10

    Packie Bonner

    Goalkeeper
    143
    26

    BirthplaceBurtonport, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Patrick Joseph "Packie" "Pat" Bonner (born 24 May 1960) is an Irish retired football goalkeeper who spent his entire career at Celtic. He earned a total of 80 caps for the Republic of Ireland  ...more
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    Shay Given

    Goalkeeper
    185
    52

    BirthplaceLifford, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Séamus John James Given (born 20 April 1976) is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is currently the goalkeeper coach at Derby County.Having surpassed the total of  ...more
  • 12

    Steve Finnan

    Defender
    138
    27

    BirthplaceLimerick, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Stephen John "Steve" Finnan (born 24 April 1976) is an Irish former international footballer who played as a right back. He is the only player to have played in the World Cup, UEFA Champions League,  ...more
  • 13

    Roy Keane

    Midfielder
    441
    208

    BirthplaceCork, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971) is an Irish football manager and former professional player. He is the joint-most successful Irish footballer of all time, having won 19 major trophies, 17 of  ...more

    #894 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#38 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s#27 of 201 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

  • 14
    Midfielder
    114
    16

    BirthplaceMaidstone, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom

    Andrew David Townsend (born 23 July 1963) is a former footballer and current co-commentator for BT Sport, who played in two World Cups for the Republic of Ireland. Starting his career at Welling  ...more
  • 15

    Michael Robinson

    Forward
    110
    14

    BirthplaceLeicester, England

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom

    Michael John Robinson (born 12 July 1958) is a retired footballer who played as a striker. He appeared in more than 300 official matches in England for five clubs, including Liverpool, and played the  ...more
  • 16

    Gary Breen

    Defender
    102
    15

    BirthplaceHendon, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityIreland, England

    Gary Patrick Breen (born 12 December 1973) 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,  ...more
  • 17

    Jim Beglin

    Defender
    103
    16

    BirthplaceWaterford, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    James Martin "Jim" Beglin (born 29 July 1963) is an Irish former professional footballer and current co-commentator for RTÉ, BT Sport and NBC Sports.   ...more
  • 18

    Matt Holland

    Midfielder
    97
    13

    BirthplaceBury, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

    Matthew Rhys Holland (born 11 April 1974) 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
  • 19

    Jason McAteer

    Midfielder
    107
    21

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

    Jason Wynne McAteer (born 18 June 1971) is a retired professional footballer, who represented the Republic of Ireland at international level. His primary position was in centre midfield, though he  ...more
  • 20
    Goalkeeper
    97
    16

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland, Republic of Ireland

    Elisha Scott (24 August 1893 – 16 May 1959) was a Northern Irish football goalkeeper who most notably played for Liverpool from 1912 to 1934 (still holding the record as their longest-serving player).  ...more
  • 21
    86
    9

    BirthplaceStratford, London, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

    Christopher William Gerard Hughton (born 11 December 1958) is a former professional footballer and football manager who was most recently manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. In 1979, he became the  ...more
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    Mick McCarthy

    Defender
    83
    8

    BirthplaceBarnsley, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

    Michael Joseph McCarthy (born 7 February 1959) is a professional football manager, pundit and former player who is currently the manager of the Republic of Ireland. Born in Barnsley, England with an  ...more
  • 23
    Defender, Forward
    141
    47

    BirthplaceBallyboden, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Damien Anthony Duff (born 2 March 1979) is an Irish professional football coach and former player who played predominantly as a winger and is currently the first team coach at Celtic. He began his  ...more
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    Jimmy Dunne

    Forward
    107
    24

    BirthplaceRingsend, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    For other people with the same name, see Jimmy Dunne (disambiguation).James Dunne (3 September 1905 – 14 November 1949) was an Irish footballer who played for, among others, Shamrock Rovers,  ...more
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    Midfielder
    88
    12

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Andy Reid (born 1958) is the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Andy or Andrew Reid may also refer to: Andy Reid (Irish footballer) (born 1982), Irish footballer Andrew Reid (lawyer),  ...more
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