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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
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)
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.
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.
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.
Paul Gascoigne signed for Lazio in 1992 for a then-British record fee, despite having spent the previous year on the sidelines following a serious knee injury sustained in the 1991 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer deadline day always brings a surprise or two, so we decided to talk about some of the most surprising deals in recent memory.
From Robinho’s shock move to Man City, to Claudio Caniggia settling in Scotland, there are countless examples of player moves that no one saw coming. Ste, Colm and the prodigal son Conor sit down to discuss.
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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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