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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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#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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