Friday 22 September 2017

Liam Brady

Liam Brady
Liam Brady

He has been part of the furniture for so long as a member of RTE's football panel that it is easy to forget that Liam Brady's career in England and Italy place him in the top ranks of Irish footballing greats.

The defiance which, as a student, saw him defy the wishes of his school by choosing to captain Ireland's U-15 side against Wales rather than play a Gaelic football match stood to him, and continues to stand to him to this day.

This was most evident when his close relationship with Giovanni Trapattoni - which dated back to his time in Italy - meant that he was often a lone voice as an RTE pundit in defending the Italian during his time in charge of the Republic of Ireland.

Brady, though, is remembered fondly by the supporters of the clubs he starred with, not least Arsenal.

As a measure of his quality, he spent seven seasons in Italy, with three different clubs - Juventus, Sampdoria and Inter Milan - at a time when Italian club football was looked on with envy.

Sunday Independent

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