Saturday 21 April 2018

Best losers ever - we prefer celebrating defeat rather than yearning for victory

Ireland fans salute the players after France defeat
Ireland fans salute the players after France defeat
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

What is about the Irish that we embrace defeat with such fervour? Both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland were knocked out of the European Championships before the quarter-finals, yet both returned to a hero's welcome in Dublin and Belfast.

Did they deserve it?

As someone whose only sporting accomplishment is an under-21 club medal, I often look back and wonder was it a complete lack of ambition that made me into the unsuccessful footballer I was.

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