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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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#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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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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#20: Charming Yet Inhospitable, Remembering The Old Lansdowne Road

As ancient as it was lovable, the old Lansdowne Road stadium was home for Irish football fans.

It was far from perfect, but it was the place where many a famous sporting memory was made before being demoilshed.

Ste McGovern, Colm Boohig and Peter Henry of Football Faithful, remember the old ground, its special qualities, and some of the best moments that it featured.

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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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#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.