Liam Brady

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The big screen at Wembley displays a message for Christian Eriksen. Photo: Justin Tallis - Pool/Getty Images

After what we witnessed in Copenhagen on Saturday afternoon it was hard to imagine anyone ever getting worked up about a football-related matter again(...)

Gareth Southgate: “I understand that on this island, we have a desire to protect our values and traditions – as we should – but that shouldn’t come at the expense of introspection and progress.” Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate was lying on a beach in Greece thinking about Eddie McGoldrick. It was June 1994 and Ray Houghton had just scored against Italy in Ne(...)

 Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs Nessun Dorma inside the Stadio Olimpico in Rome during the Euro 2020 opening ceremony. Photograph:  Claudio Villa/Getty Images

It could be argued that football fans have found the last 15 months or so more manageable than most because they’ve long since mastered the art of soc(...)

Ireland coach Anthony Barry during training in Estadi Nacional, Andorra, last week. Photograph: Bagu Blanco/Inpho

On a global scale Anthony Barry is considered the gold standard of football coaches. That is the instant reward for helping Chelsea win a second Champ(...)

 Stephen Kenny: Far from apologetic or deflated, just six months in and he  emerged fighting from the drawn Qatar game strafing the room with defiance. Not at all the empty husk of a defeated manager.   Photograph: Trenka Attila/PA

Irish football manager Stephen Kenny may have just experienced what the financials call a dead cat bounce. That is a short-term recovery in a declin(...)

George Best taking the long walk  to the dressing room at Windsor Park after being sent off in the  game with Scotland in April 1970. Photograph: Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

There’s a time and place for everything. Across Ireland, people are tired and battered and a bit weepy because we’re not sure when the government is g(...)

Liverpool celebrate winning the 1965 FA Cup in their famous all red kit. File photograph: PA

Ian St John was six years old and his father, Alex, was being carried down the stairs of their Motherwell tenement wrapped in a blanket, a red blanket(...)

Arsenal celebrate their 1979 FA Cup final win over Manchester United. Photograph: Getty

‘Fever Pitch’ is the best book ever written about Arsenal and possibly the best book ever written about football. Somewhat unusually the book is not a(...)

A mural is seen on the side of a building featuring an image of Leeds United’s Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

There is a section in Tim Rich’s engrossing recent biography of Marcelo Bielsa, The Quality of Madness, where the former Barcelona manager Gerardo Mar(...)

Michael Pentland aged 10 from Belfast watches the  Carling Nations Cup match between Wales and  Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in 2011, where the attendance was 529. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I blame Liam Brady. As a soccer-obsessed child I was desperate to attend an Ireland match but faced one insurmountable problem. The old Lansdowne Road(...)

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