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#30: Barcelona, Guardiola and the legacy of the 2009 Champions League final

We’re back with a new episode of the podcast and this time we’re talking about one of the most dominant teams in football history: Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. I was delighted […]

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#29: Atalanta and Italian football culture

Just like the bus, you wait ages for a Nostalgia Ultras podcast and two come along in quick succession. Well, quick for us anyway.

This is a special edition of the podcast, as it signals the return of the original trio: Ste McGovern, Colm Boohig and the immaculate emigrant himself, Conor Clancy.

In celebration of the return of The Artist Formerly Known As Concalcio, we’ve decided to talk about his favourite team (other than the mighty Bray Wanderers, obviously) Atalanta and Italian football culture, his raison d’etre.

We ask Conor how he even began supporting this provincial club from Bergamo, what makes it so special, the reasons for their recent surge these past few seasons, what makes Italian football good (and bad), why it’s different from British and Irish football, and the worst type of fans in the country he now calls home.

Yeah, this basically turned into an AMA with Conor.

We also discuss the four players that mean something to us, Colm’s adoration of the “high octane Lee Trundle”, otherwise known as Ronaldinho, classic football boots, retro video games and Ludo.

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#28: Bielsa at Bilbao and beyond with Ben Jarman

Marcelo Bielsa is one of the most influential football managers in the modern era, shaping many of the tactical trends that pervade the game today.  Ste McGovern is joined by Ben […]

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#27: Where have all the hard bastards gone?

Your typical hard man of football — the no-nonsense, hard tackling, kick-it-into-Row-Z, tough bastard of a footballer — used to be a staple of the game. Every team in England […]

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#26: The Best Premier League Titles Races Ever

What was the greatest title race of all time?

Was it 1996 when Manchester United and Newcastle United went head to head? Perhaps it was Arsenal overcoming an 11 point deficit in 1998 to win their first league title under Arsene Wenger? Or maybe it was Liverpool slipping up to Manchester City in 2014?
In light of the insanely close battle between Liverpool and City for this year’s title, Ste McGovern, Peter Henry and Maurice Brosnan discuss some of the most entertaining, thrilling and dramatic title races over the years.

Intro theme: The Shaker Hymn
Logo: Michael Raisch

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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 José 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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13 Reasons Why We Absolutely Love Brian Kerr

There’s only one Brian Kerr.

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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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#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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#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.

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#18: Giovanni Trapattoni and the Problem With Irish Football

Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign as Republic of Ireland manager is generally regarded as a failed experiment, but there were some great moments in between the depressing style of play and weird team selections. 

Ste, Colm and Brian remembered the good times with Trap on the latest podcast, but the conversation inevitably turns to the bad times, and a wider debate on the state of Irish football and what the Italian’s hiring represented for the game on this island. 

There’s also some chat on the Liam Miller Tribute Match, dad bods in nineties football, and the 1998 Tour De France. 

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#17: The Short But Spectacular Shinawatra Era of Man City

The era of Thaksin Shinawatra was as crazy as it was curt, but should be recognised as the first step in Man City’s journey towards Premier League glory in the coming decade.
 
On the latest podcast, Ste, Colm and Maurice discuss the Thai businessman’s ownership at City, his questionable past, their derby wins over Man United, and how it all came apart by the end. To top it all off, the affable Sven Goran-Eriksson was at the helm. 

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#16: The Day Ireland Crushed The Netherlands’ World Cup Dreams

When Holland came to Lansdowne Road on September 1st, 2001, they brought with them a mighty squad full of world-class talent; a master tactician and Champions League winning manager; a reputation as one of international football’s greatest forces; and the overbearing weight of expectation of a nation on their shoulders. 

The Dutch left that day with nothing. 

So how did a team featuring Ruud van Nistelrooy, Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars, Jaap Stam, Mark van Bommel and Edwin van der Sar fail to get a result against the Irish? How exactly was it possible that a nation that could leave Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Giovanni van Bronckhorst on the bench, couldn’t beat a ten-man Ireland?

Ste McGovern, Colm Boohig and special guest Brian Wyse sit down to
discuss how Ireland’s famous 1-0 victory over Netherlands happened.

We also talk about the Declan Rice situation, whether he will play for Ireland again, and our favourite Granny Rule players.

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#15: How Atletico Madrid Broke Up LaLiga’s Duopoly

How did Atletico Madrid, a club eternally in the shadow of their city rivals, win LaLiga and reach two Champions League finals?

Euan McTear, author of Hijacking LaLiga, talks to our host Ste McGovern about the significance of Atleti’s league title in 2014, why they should have five Champions League titles instead of Bayern Munich, and how they broke the Spanish football duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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#14: The Patron Saint Of Wasted Talent

Stephen Ireland was his country’s great white hope when he came on the scene as a prodigious young talent in 2005.

Through a combination of injuries, controversies and poor form, his creative skill and footballing talents have gone to waste.

Ste, Colm and a departing Conor wonder what constitutes a wasted talent in football, who are the best examples and is Stephen Ireland the biggest one of them all.

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#12: The Grandfather Of Irish Football

Brian Kerr is one of the most influential figures in Irish football, producing some of the country’s best talent as the FAI’s youth manager in the nineties.

Yet, he’s not only out in the cold from the game, but he also divides opinion among football fans in Ireland. Some see Kerr as a legend, others as a jackeen fool.

Ste McGovern and Colm Boohig discuss his legacy as a manager and why he’s now performing a public service as a TV pundit.

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