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Didi Hamann starts for RTÉ in the John Giles role tonight

The former Liverpool player lines up alongside long-time panellists Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady

Didi Hamann is a former Champions League winner with Liverpool.
Didi Hamann is a former Champions League winner with Liverpool.

DIDI HAMANN WILL feature in the first RTÉ Ireland soccer panel of the post-John Giles era tonight.

John Giles ended his 31-year association with the organisation last July amid the conclusion of Euro 2016.

Former Liverpool player Hamann lines up alongside long-time panellists Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady to assess Ireland’s opening World Cup qualifier against Serbia tonight.

Dunphy, Brady and Giles have been the consistent choices to analyse Ireland games for the station in recent years, though there was some rotation for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, most notably when Richie Sadlier stepped in for Giles for the Scotland game.

There is likely to be further panel rotation for the upcoming campaign, with an RTÉ spokesperson telling The42: “The panel is an ever-changing beast depending on availability, scheduling and editorial considerations — who the opposition are for instance.

“At this stage I can’t confirm the panel for the next game (Georgia at home on 6 October) as those decisions are not made this far out.”

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