This shirt was worn by midfielder Jason McAteer during the 0-0 draw with World Champions Brazil in February 2004. Brazil fielded a virtually full strength team including the likes of Ronaldo, Kaka, Roberto Carlos, Cafu and Ronaldinho but were unable to beat Ireland - however, of course, the 0-0 scoreline might have been different had it not been a friendly! It is also worth noting that this was McAteer's last ever appearance in an Ireland shirt; he won 52 caps for Ireland and this match was the last of those.
The shirt is a short-sleeved green number 15 shirt. McAteer wore this shirt during the match when he appeared as a second-half substitute. The shirt was auctioned at Christie's in London in November 2007 as part of the collection of Mario Cesar Zagallo - the son of the legendary Brazilian Mario Zagallo - which was being sold in a special sale there. I was fortunate enough to win the auction. The match details have been embroidered onto the front of the shirt. The shirt differs from replica shirts because there is no sponsor's logo on the front: all Ireland replica shirts from 1992 onwards had a sponsor logo written on the front; shirts without a sponsor logo could not be bought in shops from this period onwards.
The shirt came with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Mario Zagallo