The Republic of Ireland will face Colombia in a friendly at Fulham's Craven Cottage on Thursday, May 29. The game will serve as new manager Giovanni Trapattoni's second in charge and will conclude an intense initial period spent with the players in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup qualifying programme. Trapattoni takes up the Republic reins on May 1 after seeing out the Austrian League season with Red Bull Salzburg, who currently lie third in a five-way scrap for the title. The veteran Italian will first conduct a week-long training camp in Portugal in the build-up to a friendly with Serbia at Croke Park on May 24. That will then be followed a few days later with the game against the Colombians, who are also due to play France in Paris on June 3.