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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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#26: The Best Premier League Title 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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#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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#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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#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.