Where are they now? Ireland's side which faced Spain in World Cup 2002 featuring Gary Breen, Niall Quinn & Steve Staunton

A decade on from the heartbreaking defeat to La Roja, Goal.com Ireland discovers what the heroes and villains of Suwon are up to in 2012
ANALYSIS
By Patrick Reilly

Ten years or a moment ago, Ireland's dramatic World Cup exit to Spain remains a seminal occasion seared into the sporting consciousness. Played in the wake of Saipan, the Boys in Green did the nation proud by emerging from their group to take on a dangerous La Furia Roja in the last 16.

Memories of the game abound; the early Spanish goal from Morientes, Ian Harte's missed penalty and bizarre rebound miss from Kevin Kilbane, Jose Antonio Camacho's sweat patches, another late equaliser from Robbie Keane and the inevitability of Gaizka Mendieta's winner in the shootout. No wonder it was voted game of the tournament.

A quick glance at the stats reveals Ireland had more shots, corners and tellingly, more possession than the eventual winners of the epic battle in Suwon. This was a match that had everything and ended in that most Irish of manners - heroic failure.

Almost exactly a decade on from the the defeat Ireland face Spain again in a major tournament as both sides prepare for their Eurp 2012 Group C clash on Thursday. We remember what has happened since to the 14 players and manager who represented the nation on that fateful day of June 16 2002. 

  Shay GIVEN
Had long been established as Ireland's number one by the time he made his major tournament bow in 2002.

Failed to save any of Spain's penalties in the shootout in which only five of the 10 spot kicks were converted.

Still going strong at 36 and overcame a recent injury scare to be between the sticks again at Euro 2012.
Steve FINNAN
Finnan was an ever-present for the Boys in Green at the World Cup. He was one of just two Irish players to score in the shootout. Earned a move to Liverpool in 2003 and had a brief stint with Espanyol before ending his playing days with Portsmouth in 2010.

Quit the international scene in early 2008 but came out of retirement to play in a handful of games at the start of the Trapattoni era. Currently taking a break from football after making his last appearance in 2010 FA Cup final for Pompey.
Gary BREEN
A free agent at the World Cup after being released by Coventry City, Breen popped up with a goal against Saudi Arabia in the 3-0 group victory. Beaten in the air by Fernando Morientes for Spain's goal, he was nonetheless linked with a move to Barcelona that summer. Revealed in 2009 that he agreed to join Inter after the World Cup but failed a medical with the Serie A giants.

A favourite of then Irish manager Mick McCarthy he linked up with him again later at Sunderland and Wolves. Ended his playing days at Barnet where he was player coach before leaving the club in 2010. Now dabbling in media work appearing as an expert for Newstalk.
  Steve STAUNTON
Made the last of his 102 appearances for Ireland in this contest but soldiered on at club level for three more years with Aston Villa, Coventry City and Walsall before being being named as national manager in 2006.

A disastrous 21 months followed with Staunton at the helm for some notable results including a 5-2 hammering in Cyprus. Became an assistant at Leeds United for 10 months in 2008 and was later sacked by Darlington in 2010 after 17 defeats in 23 games led to their relegation from the Football League.

Now works in media.

Ian HARTE
Will be best remembered for missing a penalty in normal time before being withdrawn for David Connolly late in the match. Another Irish player who had a spell in Spain where he served Levante for three years.

Returned to England in 2007 and is currently enjoying an Indian summer with Reading who he helped return to the Premier League last season. Hasn't been involved with the international set up since 2005 and made headlines pre Euro 2012 by suggesting that Il Trap did not know he was Irish.

Gary KELLY
One of the original 'Three Amigos' from USA 1994, Kelly featured in all of Ireland's games playing in defence and against Spain on the wing. Was on hand to console nephew Ian Harte for missing his penalty.

Remained loyal to Leeds United and quit the game in 2007 after 15 years at Elland Road. Now back living in his native Louth, he is involved in charitable work with the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre in his hometown of Drogheda.
  Matt HOLLAND
Rescued a point for Ireland in opening game of the tournament with a goal against Cameroon but missed his penalty in the Spanish shootout.

Retired from international football in early 2006, despite pleas from Steve Staunton that he had another tournament in him, to extend club career with Charlton Athletic.

Hung up his boots for good in 2009 and now has a prolific media career penning columns for newspapers and working for radio stations.
  Mark KINSELLA
Played every single minute of the 2002 finals bar one as he was withdrawn in the dying seconds against Saudi Arabia. Injuries blighted his spells with Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion over the next two years.

He dropped down the divisions before retiring in 2008. Got a taste of management as a caretaker with Walsall andr eturned to former club Charlton as coach of their reserves. Took over as boss of Southern League Premier side Daventry Town last year
Kevin KILBANE
Was in the midst of his 66 consecutive games for his country at this finals in a run which stretched from 1999 - 2011. Was another who failed to score in the shootout as Casillas parried away his drive. Clocked up 110 appearances for his country but injury and the emergence of Stephen Ward ended his Euro 2012 dreams.

Remains on the books of Hull City but is considering retirement. Covering Ireland for BBC Radio 5 Live and the Irish Daily Mail and plans to work in the media when he quits playing after obtaining a degree in sports writing.
Damien DUFF
Had an outstanding game for his country against Spain skinning Juanfran and Puyol on numerous occasions in Suwon. World Cup 2002 put Duff on the map and despite inking a new contract with Blackburn that year he was snapped up by Chelsea 12 months later where he went on to win two Premier League titles.

A disappointing spell with Newcastle featured his second experience of relegation but has rediscovered his form with a return to London with Fulham. An regular in qualifying for Euro 2012 'Duffer' remains a key man for Trapattoni at 33.
  Robbie KEANE
A fresh faced Robbie Keane had netted 10 goals for the Boys in Green from his then-tally of 33 caps. Added three more goals in the finals and showed a cool head against Spain scoring a dramatic late penalty and, along with Finnan, converting his spot-kick in the shootout.

Has since gone on to become Ireland's record goalscorer with 53 strikes and at just 31 looks likely to add a few more in the coming years.
Substitute: Kenny Cunningham
A stalwart of the international set-up for a decade, the Dubliner made his most significant contribution against Spain after a cameo appearance in the Germany game. Signed with Birmingham City after the World Cup where he was hailed as an 'awesome free transfer' by then Blues boss Steve Bruce.

Captained Ireland under Brian Kerr but quit wearing the green shirt after goalless draw with Switzerland in 2005 ended hopes of reaching the World Cup. Quit playing in 2007 and now has a successful media career where he is a regular panelist for RTE.


Substitute: Niall QUINN
Laid on the assist for Robbie Keane's equaliser against Germany, played 45 minutes in the contest with Saudi Arabia and was used to great effect against Spain. In his final international appearance Quinn created havoc in the box and earned the dramatic late penalty, which brought the game into extra time.

Quit club football in November 2002 but remained with Sunderland in variety of roles including manager, director of international development and chairman. Severed his ties with the Black Cats in February to focus on media work, his satellite broadband business, a sport treatment clinic and horse racing interests.
Substitute: David CONNOLLY
Fired a tame penalty straight at Casillas in the shootout after coming on for Ian Harte late in normal time for his only tournament appearance.

The journeyman striker has been in the international wilderness since 2004 but was called up by Giovanni Trapattoni in his preliminary 40-man squad to face Serbia and Colombia in 2008.

Connolly is currently seeking a new club after being released by Championship winners Southampton at the end of last season.
Manager: Mick McCARTHY
After the division and fury of Saipan the Irish manager departed World Cup 2002 with his reputation enhanced, albeit briefly.

They Roy Keane issue was never going to go away and after a poor start to qualifying for Euro 2004 and with his popularity in decline he resigned in November 2002.

Led Sunderland and Wolves back to the Premier League but was sacked from both positions leaving the latter last February. Continually linked with several jobs he is currently a columnist for the Irish Daily Mail.