Milk bottles and the other Italia 90-related things that will make you feel old

Our favourite World Cup is 25 years old this month.

Updated at 20.00

1. Robbie Brady wasn’t born until two years after it

Ireland Poland Euro Soccer Source: AP/Press Association Images

2. Milk doesn’t even come in glass bottles like this anymore


3. Robert Prosinecki, the man voted best young player at the tournament…


… now looks like this:

Serbia Red Star Coach Source: AP/Press Association Images

4. You wouldn’t have a hope in hell doing this at the Walkinstown Roundabout these days with all the traffic

Source: Daithi333/YouTube

5. All of this lot are now top managers:

Carlo Ancelotti 

Soccer - World Cup Italia 90 - Third Place Play-off - Italy v England Source: EMPICS Sport


World Cup 1990 Source: Mark Lennihan

Jurgen Klinsmann

Soccer - World Cup Italia 90 - Second Round - West Germany v Holland - Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan Source: EMPICS Sport

6. These were all number ones in Ireland that year:

Ireland No1s 1990 Source: Wikipedia

7. Danny Blind’s son plays for the Netherlands and Manchester United

The Blinds Source: Press Association

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8. Dances With Wolves and Kevin Costner won Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars that year

Dances with Wolves

9. Ireland finished second from bottom in the Five (not Six) Nations thanks to one win and three defeats

Richard Jones Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

10. Sky Sports weren’t around for another two years while England’s top flight was the First Division, not the Premier League

Source: Sky Sports/YouTube

11. And Liverpool were champions. Manchester United, meanwhile, hadn’t won a title in 23 years

Soccer - Barclay's League Division One - Liverpool v Derby County Source: EMPICS Sport

12. We’ve sadly lost the man who shared our elation on the RTE panel throughout the tournament

Billo Fantastic Meme

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Ben Blake

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