Richard Dunne

  • Date of birth : 21/09/1979
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
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Richard Dunne

Richard Dunne

A robust, no-nonsense central defender with 15 years of English Premier League experience, Richard Dunne was one of the chief contributors to the Republic of Ireland's successful UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign. He was an unused substitute at Ireland's last major finals, the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

• Born in the Dublin satellite town of Tallaght, he crossed the Irish Sea to join Everton FC at 15 and won the FA Youth Cup before making his senior debut at 17 under manager Joe Royle.

• Made just 60 Premier League appearances in four seasons for Everton before rejoining Royle at Manchester City FC in 2000; relegated at the end of his first season, he helped the club make an immediate return to the top flight and went on to become a defensive stalwart, serving five different managers over a nine-year sojourn and accumulating 296 league appearances.

• Won his first international cap, while still at Everton, in a Dublin friendly against Greece in April 2000 and scored his first goal a few weeks later in a 2-2 draw against Mexico; went to the 2002 World Cup but played no part and made no competitive appearances for his country over a four-year stretch before re-establishing his credentials under Stephen Staunton and then Giovanni Trapattoni.

• Won his 50th cap in a 2010 World Cup qualifier and was an ever-present in that ultimately doomed campaign, scoring home and away against Bulgaria; kept his place for UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying, making ten appearances, scoring one goal and starring in a memorable 0-0 draw away to group winners Russia.

• Left Manchester City for Aston Villa FC in August 2009 and enjoyed an excellent debut season, finishing sixth in the Premier League − the highest placing of his career − and earning a runners-up medal in the League Cup; he was also voted into the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the first time.

UEFA honours
UEFA European Under-18 Championship:
winner 1998

Last updated: 20/01/12 13.33CET

Match log

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11.08.2010Friendly matchesFirst roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland0-1 (L)ArgentinaArgentina9000
03.09.2010UEFA EUROQualifying roundArmeniaArmenia0-1Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000
07.09.2010UEFA EUROQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland3-1AndorraAndorra9000
08.10.2010UEFA EUROQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland2-3RussiaRussia9000
12.10.2010UEFA EUROQualifying roundSlovakiaSlovakia1-1Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000
08.02.2011Friendly matchesFirst roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland3-0 (W)WalesWales9000
26.03.2011UEFA EUROQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland2-1FYROMFYROM9000
10.08.2011Friendly matchesFirst roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland0-0 (D)CroatiaCroatia9000
13.08.2011English Premier LeagueFulhamFulham0-0Aston VillaAston Villa9000
20.08.2011English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa3-1BlackburnBlackburn9000
23.08.2011English League CupSecond roundAston VillaAston Villa2-0HerefordHereford9000
27.08.2011English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa0-0WolvesWolves9000
02.09.2011UEFA EUROQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland0-0SlovakiaSlovakia9000
06.09.2011UEFA EUROQualifying roundRussiaRussia0-0Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000
10.09.2011English Premier LeagueEvertonEverton2-2Aston VillaAston Villa9000
17.09.2011English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa1-1NewcastleNewcastle9000
20.09.2011English League CupThird roundAston VillaAston Villa0-2BoltonBolton9000
25.09.2011English Premier LeagueQPRQPR1-1Aston VillaAston Villa9000
01.10.2011English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa2-0WiganWigan9000
11.10.2011UEFA EUROQualifying roundRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland2-1ArmeniaArmenia9010
15.10.2011English Premier LeagueMan. CityMan. City4-1Aston VillaAston Villa9000
22.10.2011English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa1-2West BromWest Brom9000
29.10.2011English Premier LeagueSunderlandSunderland2-2Aston VillaAston Villa9010
05.11.2011English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa3-2NorwichNorwich9000
11.11.2011UEFA EUROPlay-off for Final TournamentEstoniaEstonia0-4Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland9000
15.11.2011UEFA EUROPlay-off for Final TournamentRepublic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland1-1EstoniaEstonia9000
21.11.2011English Premier LeagueTottenhamTottenham2-0Aston VillaAston Villa9000
27.11.2011English Premier LeagueSwanseaSwansea0-0Aston VillaAston Villa9000
03.12.2011English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa0-1Man. UnitedMan. United9000
10.12.2011English Premier LeagueBoltonBolton1-2Aston VillaAston Villa9000
18.12.2011English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa0-2LiverpoolLiverpool9000
21.12.2011English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa1-2ArsenalArsenal9000
26.12.2011English Premier LeagueStokeStoke0-0Aston VillaAston Villa9000
31.12.2011English Premier LeagueChelseaChelsea1-3Aston VillaAston Villa9000
02.01.2012English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa0-2SwanseaSwansea9000
07.01.2012English FA CupThird roundBristol RoversBristol Rovers1-3Aston VillaAston Villa9000
14.01.2012English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa1-1EvertonEverton9000
21.01.2012English Premier LeagueWolvesWolves2-3Aston VillaAston Villa9000
29.01.2012English FA CupFourth roundArsenalArsenal3-2Aston VillaAston Villa9010
01.02.2012English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa2-2QPRQPR9000
05.02.2012English Premier LeagueNewcastleNewcastle2-1Aston VillaAston Villa9000
12.02.2012English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa0-1Man. CityMan. City9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Richard Dunne
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (age): 21/09/1979 (32)
  • Country: Republic of Ireland
  • Club: Aston Villa (England ENG)

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2010/12

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (Qualifying round)
    28/08/03: TNS 0-2 Man. City
  • National team: UEFA European Under-16 Championship (Qualifying round)
    26/09/95: Republic of Ireland 3-0 Iceland

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Republic of Ireland192
Republic of Ireland U-2130
Republic of Ireland U-18140
Republic of Ireland U-1660

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Europa League
Man. City180
Last updated: 13/04/2012 13:46 CET