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Italia 90 semi changed English and Irish football

The unforgettable Italia 90' semi-final clash between England and West Germany had a long-lasting effect on the game in both Britain and Ireland, writes Ger McCarthy.

The Great Danes of Mexico 1986

The Denmark team that competed in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico is still remembered with great affection as one of the most electrifying sides ever to grace the competition writes Ger McCarthy.

Schumacher the villain amid drama in Seville

Ger McCarthy remembers one of the most dramatic World Cup matches of all time, when West Germany and France clashed in the semi-finals of the tournament in 1982.

Road to Italia 90: Republic of Ireland put ’em under pressure

Ireland's first ever World Cup finals appearance in 1990 represented a golden period for Irish soccer, but the long road to Italy began four years earlier writes Ger McCarthy.

Rossi joins the Immortals

Ger McCarthy kicks off a new series looking back at memorable World Cup moments by reflecting on Paolo Rossi's hat-trick against Brazil in 1982

Shouting for the Germans – how times change.

Ger McCarthy finds himself in the unusual position of cheering Germany in the World Cup semi-finals.

R.O.C.K. in the USA – Part 1

In his latest World Cup lookback, Ger McCarthy recalls Ireland's qualification for World Cup 1994.

French artistry prevails in the Guadalajara heat

Brazil and France played out one of the finest matches in World Cup history in the searing heat of Guadalajara, Mexico, in front of 65,000 fans on June 21, 1986 writes Ger McCarthy.

World Cup Memories – Ireland in Italia 90

A four-year odyssey which began in 1986 with the appointment of Jack Charlton culminated in Ireland's first ever World Cup finals appearance at Italia 90. Ger McCarthy recounts that never to be forgotten summer.



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