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Top Football teams in the Republic of Ireland

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Dundalk Football Club

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Nicknamed the Lilywhites due to its long time use of white jerseys, Dundalk Football Club is located in Dundalk, which is found in the Louth County – South Ireland. The Irish club was formed in 1903 and quickly rose to glory as being the first runners-up in terms of the most successful club in professional football within Ireland. This is evident through the high number of trophies won as well as its impressive record in League of Ireland (eleven times winner of the League of Ireland and ten times winner of FAI Cup). Oriel Park is the club’s home ground where home matches take place and has a capacity of 4500 spectators. Currently, the professional football club plays in the country’s top tier league, League of Ireland Premier Division where they emerged champions of the 2015/2016 season. Dundalk Football Club is currently managed by Stephen Kenny with the assistance of the first team captain, Stephen O’Donnell.

Cork City Football Club

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This football club was formed in 1984 as a professional football club, being amongst the first elected clubs into the Ireland League and the first in Cork. Turners Cross serves as the clubs ground where all home matches take place; it has a capacity of 7,364 fans. Taking part in the League of Ireland Premier Division, this club successfully played through the 2015/2016 season, emerging 2nd. Following advances in the club’s professionalism, the Rebel Army saw several developments in their stadium. This drove the club to become amongst the largest and optimally supported clubs in Ireland. The Leesiders traditional colours are white blended with some red trim and green. The Crest found in the club’s logo symbolizes Cork coat of arms. Cork City Football Club is nicknamed Rebel Army as well as The Leesiders and is supporter-owned currently under FORAS. Cork City FC is currently under the chairmanship of Pat Lyons, with John Caulfield as the manager.

Shamrock Rovers Football Club

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This Irish football club, nicknamed Hoops or Rovers, was established in 1901 and is located in Ringsend, Dublin. The club’s home ground is known as Tallaght Stadium that can accommodate up to 6,000 occupants. Rovers FC is under Jonathan Roche as the chairperson, with Pat Fenlon serving as the manager. Hoops are top-tier competitors in the League of Ireland Premier Division, where they emerged 3rd in the previous 2015 /2016 season. Shamrock Rovers Football Club possesses the best winning record in the country that constitutes of record victories of both the League of Ireland FAI Cup (17 times and 24 times respectively). Besides,  this club is the powerhouse of the country’s national team within. Also, considering All-Ireland competitions that include the highly competitive Intercity Cup, Shamrock Rovers bears the most victorious club title following its record seven cups overall. Before the club’s adoption of the green jerseys that have a white hooped strip up to today, green and white stripped ones had been in use up to 1926.

Longford Town Football Club

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This club is nicknamed Town or De Town and is located in Longford – Longford County, Southern Ireland. Having been formed in 1924, the club was later elected into the League of Ireland Premier Division in 1984 as a professional football club. The club’s home ground is located in Longford and is known as City Calling Stadium with a capacity of 4,500 fans. Longford Football Club is under the chairmanship of Jim Hanley with Tony Cousins as the first team manager. The club participates in the League of Ireland Premier Division, where it recently emerged in the 6th position in the 2015 /2016 season. Longford Football Club had however slipped into the First Division League where it took it seven years before being promoted again to the League of Ireland Premier Division in 2014. The club’s colours are usually Red and Black.