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The Republic of Ireland has brought us the likes of Roy Keane and Robbie Keane, Denis Irwin and David O’Leary – all serial champions and iconic players. Under Martin O’Neill, the national team have become consistent overachievers in Europe and beyond. The Irish women’s team is ranked ahead of Portugal and Argentina. Irish fans continue to bring passion and personality to every international tournament. And each week throughout the season, the League of Ireland Premier Division plays host to the kind of honest, no-frills football many English supporters would kill for in the era of Tunnel Cam, executive boxes and half-and-half scarves.
In 2016, Dundalk F.C. shocked the football establishment by coming a whisker away from qualifying for the Champions League group stage. And in 2020, Ireland will invite the watching world to Dublin for four games of the European Championship. And yet, Irish football remains a closed book to many. The majority of British football fans could tell you more about the Dutch Eredivisie or the Portuguese Primeira Liga than they could about a vibrant football culture taking place just a short ferry hop away. Glory magazine thought the time was right to pay their neighbours a visit, explore the beautiful Emerald Isle and get under the skin of one of the world’s oldest footballing nations.
Published by Glory
210 x 270 mm