In 1990 the Republic of Ireland soccer played in their first ever world cup finals. RTE Sports, John Kenny re-lives the games at Italia 90 where Ireland began to believe in itself and perhaps laid the foundations for the Celtic Tiger that was to follow.
In 1990 the Republic of Ireland played in their first ever world cup finals, Italia 90 under manager Jack Charlton.
The Republic had, two years earlier, qualified for its first major finals, Euro 88 and the expectation was that they could take that forward through to the Italian world cup in 1990.
'Put em under pressure' was the phrase that was coined by Jack Charlton to exemplify the pressing football style of his team as they set out firstly on the qualification group which saw wins over both Spain and Northern Ireland and finally in Malta which would put the Republic through to the finals.
The Story of Italia 90, presented and complied by RTE Sports' John Kenny, whose has made two previous sports docs' for the series, begins with the opening qualifying game at Windsor Park in Belfast through to the quarter final in Rome and the massive homecoming celebrations where half a million people lined the streets of Dublin.
'Put em under pressure speaks to RTE commentator George Hamilton who explains just why he said "the Nation holds its breath" along with former International Niall Quinn and contains the voices of Charlton, Eamonn Dunphy David O'Leary, Mick McCarthy, Kevin Sheedy and the luckless Gary Waddock who was dropped from the Italia 90 squad at the airport.
John Kenny has delved into the RTE Radio and Television archives to blend together, with the best music of 1990 to bring a unique never to be forgotten story of the Republic of Ireland involvement at Italia 90 when Irish people at home and abroad went football crazy.
There are stories of rows about insufficient payments to players, Eamonn Dunphy's famous pen throwing incident, the visit of the squad to the Vatican to meet the pope and of Bernie Slaven speaking night to his dog down the phone.
Put em under pressure re-lives the Republic of Irelands games at Italia 90 where a country began to believe in itself and perhaps laid the foundations for the Celtic Tiger that was to follow.
Production credits - Narrated and Compiled by John Kenny Production Supervision by Ciaran Cassidy Sound Supervision by Mark MGrath
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