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Viewers Absolutely Loved 'Brilliant' Liam Brady Documentary On RTÉ

Viewers Absolutely Loved 'Brilliant' Liam Brady Documentary On RTÉ
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Liam Brady is one of the greatest footballers Ireland ever produced.

One of the top players in Europe during his prime, there was few things that the midfielder couldn't do on the ball. He was a class act, one that immediately improved any team he was part of.

Having worked on his craft as a teenager in Dublin, he would make the move Arsenal as a 16-year old in 1971. It was not long before he was a key member of the side, becoming an FA Cup winner, PFA Player of the Year, and three-time PFA Team of the Year member during his spell at Highbury.

By 1980, it was clear his time at the club was coming towards an end. Despite being one of the best players in the division, Arsenal were hesitant to make Brady one of the team's top earners. Having seen their contract offer and essentially telling them to 'shove it', it became apparent that a move to continent would be his next step.

That was a big decision to make at the time. Players from Ireland or the UK rarely went beyond the English channel to make a living in the game, but Brady showed little hesitation to move to Juventus.

While his time in Turin wasn't always easy, it ultimately proved to be quite the success. The Irishman won two Serie A titles in two seasons, going on to have spells at Sampdoria, Inter Milan, and Ascoli in Italian football.

Viewers absolutely loved Liam Brady: The Irishman Abroad

Plenty of time has passed since Liam Brady played in Italy, with his last appearance in Serie A coming in 1987. As a result, many of us are either too young or have simply forgotten much of what that spell entailed.


We were handed a reminder tonight with the airing of Liam Brady: The Irishman Abroad, on RTÉ 1. The documentary charted his journey in Italian football, one which featured plenty of lows to go along with the highs.

The 66-year old recalled some of those ups and downs, including his Ireland career, early struggles at Juventus, battles with some of the biggest stars in world football, and the relationships he developed along the way.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Marco Tardelli,Wojciech Szczęsny, and Max Allegri all embraced Brady over the course of the documentary, pointing to the regard he is held in in Italian footballing circles.


He also opened up on his relationship with Jack Charlton, saying he held no ill will towards the former Ireland boss despite the way his international career ended.

It was a fantastic watch, with viewers hugely impressed with Liam Brady and the documentary as whole.






A top class footballer and bloke.

He's certainly one of the greats from this part of the world.

SEE ALSO: When Liam Brady Was Expelled From A Dublin School For Choosing Soccer Over GAA


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