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18 reasons why John O'Shea is Ireland's greatest national treasure

Who put the ball in the German’s net?
Oct 15th 2014, 11:39 AM 19,658 24

AT THE RISK of getting a little bit too over-excited about a point in qualification, the 1 – 1 thrashing we dished out to Germany last night was probably the greatest sporting moment ever.

So it’s time to salute the man who gave us such unbridled joy last night. Big John O’Shea: Centurion, Deise boy, hero, clinical finisher, legend.

1. What, this old thing?


2. A true professional, always willing to give the photographers the shot they want

No matter what.

John O'Shea 9/10/2002 DIGITAL Source: INPHO

3. And play wherever the team needed him

Soccer - FA Barclays Premiership - Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - White Hart Lane Source: EMPICS Sport

4. ‘He scores when he wants…’

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5. He’s even taller than reknowned Big Fella Michael Collins

Kevin Doyle, Kevin Kilbane, Gary Breen and John O'Shea Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

6. This death stare could kill

But it’s Tim Sherwood and Emmanuel Adebayor so who could blame him?

7. Paolo Di Canio rated his tactical nous

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The Italian said: “Sometimes when I talk about tactical situations I see the young players just shut their mouths and look to the sky. John O’Shea always listens -  if you have one or two players that deliver the message it’s crucial, because the others are maybe going to forget.”

8. Though the feeling probably wasn’t mutual

This was six months later.

paolo d Source: The Sun

9. ‘He scores when he waa-aaants…’

osheagoalkaz Source: Balls

10. He still has a proper culchie accent

It wouldn’t be hard to lose your accent after living half your life in the north of England, but Big John is still the same lad he ever was.

11. He loves his county just as much (but probably more) than Mullane

John O'Shea 7/6/2006 Just a regular Premier League superstar, checking in on Waterford's u21 hurlers. no Biggie. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO

12. He celebrates like a boss

He reminds us of LeBron in so many ways.

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13. When Manchester United needed somebody to make sure young lads learned skills from the best, they called Sheasy

Young Jesse Lindgard’s Cruyff turn is now flawless as a result.

Source: dogan1721/YouTube

14. ‘…He’s Big John O’Shea…’

James McClean took his life into his own hands here.

Soccer - UEFA Euro 2016 - Qualifying - Group D - Germany v Republic of Ireland - Veltins-Arena Source: Joe Giddens

15. Look at him there, what an athlete!

And a great touch for a big man too.

John O'Shea Source: INPHO

16. 100 caps don’t come easy

Davor Suker and John O'Shea 15/8/2001 There's John making his debut in 2001 against old Davor Whatshisface. Source: INPHO

17. He rocks

John O'Shea 5/4/2000 Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

18. ‘…He scores when he wants!’

‘It was a fairytale ending’ – O’Shea bags injury-time equaliser and 100th cap

‘What’s the point of sitting in, losing 1 – 0 and feeling as if you’ve a moral victory?’ – O’Neill

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