More

    1990 FIFA World Cup™ – News – Bonner: That one save changed my life forever

    • Pat Bonner was the Republic of Ireland’s penalty hero 30 years ago today
    • He is still stunned by the impact of his save against Romania
    • He believes Republic of Ireland’s Italy 1990 campaign brought the nation together

    Throughout the world, there are footballers destined to be forever remembered for one solitary moment.

    For the unlucky ones, that can mean an otherwise glittering career being completely overshadowed by an embarrassing own-goal or a costly penalty miss. Fortunately for Pat Bonner, he belongs to another, more auspicious breed. That’s because, for the rest of his days and doubtless beyond, the name of this beloved Irish goalkeeper will always be synonymous with one very special save.

    It was by no means his best: he had made and would go on to make many better in a career that spanned 80 caps and 642 appearances for Celtic, his one and only club.

    Yet none were more significant, nor more fondly remembered, than the diving lunge that blocked a penalty from Romania’s Daniel Timofte and sent Republic of Ireland into the quarter-finals at the FIFA World Cup Italy 1990™.

    To this day, in fact, many consider it to be the nation’s ‘JFK moment’, with every Irishman able to tell you where he was when ‘Packie’ took his place in history.

    “It still amazes me, the impact that save has had,” Bonner told FIFA.com. “Every day, I have people coming up to me to talk about it and thank me.

    NFL Betting

    “It really wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that that one save changed my life forever, certainly in terms of recognition. It’s lovely, although sometimes you do feel like saying, ‘I did make some other saves, you know!’

    “But I do feel very fortunate because one thing that whole World Cup experience achieved, which was unique and very special, was to bring everyone in the country together.

    “Our economy was very weak at the time, there was a bit of pessimism there, and I really believe that seeing us out there in Italy, taking on the world, fighting our corner against the very best, changed the mindset of the nation. Football can be that important, I genuinely believe that.”

    When Jack Charlton’s team returned to Dublin, an estimated 500,000 people packed the streets to let the players know just how important their efforts had been. Italy 1990 had changed a country. As Bonner would discover over the coming days, months and years, it had also changed his life.

    Source link news

    Related articles

    Comments

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Betting on Soccer

    Share article

    Latest articles

    Ghanaian youngster Kingsley Asante Ofori joins Finnish club SJK Seinajoki from EUAfrica academy

    Ghanaian youngster Kingsley Ofori signs for Finnish club SJK Seinajoki from EUAfrica academy. The 19-year-old has signed a six-month contract with Finland club SJK Seinajoki...

    Newcastle United fan MP has tabled Early Day Motion in Parliament

    Ian Mearns has tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament.The Newcastle United fan and Gateshead MP making the move on Thursday morning.Ian Mearns doing...

    Remembering Messi’s wonderous solo goal against Athletic Bilbao

    Lionel Messi made headlines across the football world last weekend following a wonderful individual display to secure Barcelona Copa del Rey success. Messi’s mesmerising performance...

    Juventus could pay a big price with UEFA over Super League fiasco -Juvefc.com

    UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin says Juventus and the rebel teams who formed the suspended European Super League will pay for their rebellion.The Bianconeri and...
    Betting on Soccer

    Newsletter

    Subscribe to stay updated.

    Get all the Soccers update on your hand. Always touch with Soccer