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Ex-Irish Star Included On UEFA's List Of The Nicest Men In Football

Gavin Cooney
By Gavin Cooney
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Phillip Lahm announced his retirement yesterday, and in doing so managed to pull off something he rarely did during his career: piss somebody off. The pissed off people in question are his club, Bayern Munich, as he announced his retirement without consulting them. 

On this week's Football Show, we are joined by Richie Sadlier to talk about Brian Kerr, punditry, being confronted in Coppers by Steve Staunton, and why football is "rammed full of idiots". 

To recognise Lahm's career, UEFA have compiled a list of players not have been sent off throughout their careers, as the German defender achieved this feat throughout his glittering playing days.

One man included on the list is our own Damien Duff, whom UEFA describe as "a much-travelled winger, Duff made more than 700 outings for club and country in a career spanning 19 years".

Elsewhere, Gary Lineker unsurprisingly made the list, alongside Raul, Andrés Iniesta, and Karim Benzema.


Also there is Michel Platini, who decided to hold off on pissing off footballers and fans until he held the keys to UEFA HQ.


Other recognisable names include Aaron Hughes, the Northern Ireland defender, and Joao Moutinho, now at Monaco.

Also included are a couple of near-misses: namely Ryan Giggs and Leo Messi. Giggs was not sent off in any of his 963 games with United, but he was sent off in one of his 62 caps for Wales: against Norway in 2001.

Likewise, Messi has not been sent off for Barcelona, but did see red for Argentina in a game with Hungary in 2005, for retaliation:


The full list can be read here. 

See Also: The World's Wealthiest Man Was Asked To Take Over Liverpool FC

See Also: "If Ireland Had Have Come For Me First, I Definitely Would Have Gone"





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