Interview with Irish Soccer Star Keith Fahey
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 11:14 AM
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Ireland's 3-0 victory against Wales Tuesday night will have given manager Giovanni Trapattoni a few new faces to consider for future qualifiers. Youngsters Ciaran Clark and Seamus Coleman shone on their international debuts.
Coleman and Clark may be drawing most of the media's attention but it was a player who had been in and out of the starting that caused Eamonn Dunphy to declare that he "is a top class player that is a fact."
Keith Fahey may have been a late addition to the squad, due to a Sunday game with club Birmingham City, but still managed to score a magnificent freekick after coming off the bench against the Welsh.
It was Fahey's second goal in 8 International caps. Keith joins the Sports Central blog today to share a few of his thoughts on his career so far:
Sports Central-Keith, 2010 was a big year for you for many reasons. One of which is that you signed a new contract with Birmingham until 2013, how proud do you feel at earning that from Alex McLeish and how is life treating you as a Birmingham City player?
SC-Many people will remember watching you play for St. Pat's in the Irish league, how much do you take from your time there?
Fahey-I take great memories and experiences from the league back home, it helped me mature as a player and also as a person, I was given great responsibility at St. Pats and was looked after very well by all the staff there, Johnny McDonnell was a great manager for me personally.
SC-Your first cap for Ireland was obviously huge, but your premiership debut came in Old Trafford. Which was the bigger game for you personally?
Maybe even bigger than both was the fact that you scored your first goal for Ireland this year also. How did that feel?
The goal resulted in a vast amount of praise from the media and notably from Eamonn Dunphy on the RTE panel covering the game. As a player do you listen to the media and take on board what they say about you?
By my count you have taken 3 freekicks for Ireland. One of which was an assist, the other was a dangerous ball whipped in the box and the most recent was your goal against Wales. Have you been at the managers(Trappatoni and McLeish) about getting more opportunities? I'm sure all League of Ireland fans remember your impressive efforts for Pats, the most memorable being the extra time strike against Bohemians.
SC-Which freekick felt better? The Wales or Bohemians one?
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