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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.