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#25: Christmas Selection Box

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Nostalgia Ultras! To celebrate our first year as a podcast and somehow reaching 25 episodes, Ste McGovern and Colm Boohig bring you the first annual Christmas Selection Box.

Rather than focus on one subject as we usually do, we talked about a number of things for which we didn’t have to do any research, and for that, we are truly grateful this holiday season.

We each revealed our favourite Irish footballers of the Premier League era, talked about Ireland’s footballing diaspora, our favourite sports books of the year, some choice moments from our first few months in podcasting, and gave our unpopular opinions.

Intro: Dead Trees by The Shaker Hymn
Outro: Inter Bells by FC Internazionale

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13 Reasons Why We Absolutely Love Brian Kerr

There’s only one Brian Kerr.

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#11: The Madness And Mysticism Of Diego Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona is not only one of the greatest sports people to have ever lived. He is an enigma who has lived every day of his life to the […]

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#9: The Last Great Tears Of An Irish Fan

Little did we know when Spain eliminated the Irish on penalties from the World Cup in Suwon back in 2002, it would be our last appearance at the tournament.

Ste McGovern (Balls.ie), Conor Clancy (Forza Italian Football) and Colm Boohig (Storyful) reminisce on Ireland vs Spain, Damien Duff’s best game in an Irish jersey, and why Ireland would have won with Roy Keane in the squad.

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#8: Celebrating England’s Glorious History Of Failure

The World Cup is here! You know what that means: it’s time to watch English fans get ridiculously excited before it all comes crashing down, of course!

England’s failure to make any sort of impact at a major tournament in the past twenty years has been a great source of amusement for Irish football fans, and beyond.

Ste McGovern (Balls.ie), Colm Boohig (Storyful) and Conor Clancy (Forza Italian Football) run through each English exit since France 98 to see which one they find the funniest.

The Ultras also chat about their first World Cup memories, Wes Hoolahan’s goal vs Sweden two years ago, and Anthony Bourdain.

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#24: Liberty, Egality, Thierry

One of, if not the, greatest strikers in the history of the Premier League, Thierry Henry revolutionised the forward position.

We talk about the Frenchman’s special qualities, why Arsene Wenger was the perfect manager for him at the right time in his career, and the fourth evolution of his career at Barcelona.

There’s also an extended chat on why great players like Henry struggle to adapt to punditry, and how athletes and sports personalities are allowed to get away with reprehensible actions and behaviour.

Brought to you by: Ste McGovern (Balls.ie, Football.London, MARCA), Maurice Brosnan (Balls.ie, Irish Examiner, Irish Times) and Kevin Beirne (Football.London, UK Independent, BBC)

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#23: Paddy McCourt And The Decline Of Old School Wingers

There’s nothing quite like the sight of an out-and-out winger taking on man after man before dispatching the ball into the net.

Paddy McCourt did this on many an occasion, and we talk about his career, flashes of brilliance for Celtic, and why his lifestyle held him back from being the next Lionel Messi.

We discuss why the old school winger has become virtually redundant, the value of entertainment v results, Ste’s local team Ballybrack FC, and a new documentary about FC Barcelona.

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#22: Poppygate and Swindon Town with David Squires

David Squires joined us on the latest episode of the Nostalgia Ultras podcast to talk about his new book, Goalless Draws.

The Guardian’s resident football cartoonist speaks on why self-doubt can be a healthy tool a creator, the insanity of Poppygate, James McClean, the death of satire, Emo Jos√© Mourinho, the unintentional hilarity of LinkedIn, and his beloved Swindon Town.

(Disclaimer: audio is patchy in parts. Thanks a lot, Skype)

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#21: The Essence of Eric Cantona

Few men have had such a demonstrable effect on British football in the past thirty years as Eric Cantona did during his time in England.

Ste McGovern and Colm Boohig discuss why this is so, his complex and often contradictory nature, and how that was reflected in his style of football.