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The Best Soccer Players from Ireland

Updated September 22, 2021 10.4k votes 1.2k voters 73.9k views88 items

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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    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    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

    #85 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s#3 of 76 The Best MLS Players Of All Time#12 of 84 The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time

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    Defender
    259
    68

    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
  • 3
    Midfielder
    233
    59

    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#22 of 117 The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time

  • 4
    Midfielder
    433
    185

    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

    #921 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#27 of 200 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom#6 of 30 The Best Athletes Who Wore #16

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    135
    25

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    NationalityIreland, 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

    #758 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#35 of 135 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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    Goalkeeper
    178
    53

    BirthplaceLifford, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    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
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    116
    19

    BirthplaceDrogheda, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    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
  • 8
    Midfielder
    139
    35

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityIreland, Scotland, 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
  • 9
    Defender
    117
    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
  • 10
    Defender, Forward
    139
    48

    BirthplaceBallyboden, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    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
  • 11
    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
  • 12
    Defender
    82
    15

    BirthplaceWaterford, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    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
  • 13
    Defender, Midfielder
    124
    47

    BirthplaceKillybegs, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Séamus Coleman (born 11 October 1988) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a right-back for and captains both Premier League club Everton and the Republic of Ireland national...  more
  • 14
    Midfielder
    86
    20

    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
  • 15
    Midfielder
    179
    93

    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
  • 16
    Defender
    76
    17

    BirthplaceDrogheda, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Ian Patrick Harte (born 31 August 1977) is an Irish football agent and former footballer who played as a defender and was best known for his ability to score goals from long range, including being a...  more
  • 17
    54
    0

    BirthplaceBirmingham, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

    David Kelly may refer to:...  more
  • 18
    Defender
    80
    20

    BirthplaceLambeth, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

    Philip Andrew Babb (born 30 November 1970) is a former professional footballer who played as a central defender. He made over 370 league appearances during his career, most notably spending six...  more
  • 19
    Defender, Midfielder
    67
    11

    BirthplaceKingston upon Thames, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

    Steven John Reid (born 10 March 1981) is a retired footballer who played as a right back, having previously played most of his career in midfield. He is currently a part of the backroom staff at the...  more
  • 20
    BobMowery addedDefender, Midfielder
    71
    15

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    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 at under-17,...  more
  • 21
    Forward, Midfielder
    84
    24

    BirthplaceAdamstown, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Kevin Edward Doyle (born 18 September 1983) is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a forward. He played for St Patrick's Athletic, and Cork City in his homeland before he moved to...  more
  • 22
    91
    30

    BirthplaceTallaght, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Richard Patrick Dunne (born 21 September 1979) is an Irish former footballer and current television pundit for BT Sport, who played as a defender. He made 431 Premier League appearances, including...  more
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    84
    25

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Niall John Quinn, (honorary MBE born 6 October 1966) is an Irish former professional footballer and businessman, and the ex-chairman of Sunderland. Quinn continued as Sunderland's director...  more
  • 24
    77
    19

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Kenneth Edward Cunningham (born 28 June 1971) 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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    117
    50

    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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