Erin’s Isle GAA Club pays touching tribute to Gianluca Vialli

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The Finglas club paid their respects to the Italian great on Twitter.

Tributes poured in for the former Italian striker after it was announced that he had sadly passed away at the age of 56.

Among them was a touching post from Erin’s Isle GAA Club in Finglas, Vialli took over as coach of the team in 2018 as part of AIB’s The Toughest Rivalry series.

Vialli sang the praises of GAA athletes and their fitness levels in 2018, comparing the size of the pitch to an airport.

“You need to be unbelievably fit for Gaelic football,” he said.

“The pitch is huge, it looks like an airport to me! And there are not that many players to cover it so it really is a physical game with a lot of physical contact and the pace of the game is very fast and furious.

“It really takes your breath away.

“Tactically it is also very different and you need to be an all-rounder.

“You need to be fast but able to run for 60 to 70 minutes so it’s like sprinting continuously. You need to able to take the blows, need to be courageous and pass the ball with your feet and fist so it really takes a lot of skill to play this game.”

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