University College Dublin AFC, a student team from the second tier of Irish football, is a club unlike any senior club elsewhere in Europe.
They’ve been world champions, started riots in Sudan and had the Archbishop of Dublin deem it a mortal sin to play for their main rivals. For those who play for the club, career success is more likely to mean a Government Ministry or a high-ranking CEO position than a move to a Premier League club.
And in 2015, the club embarked on their biggest adventure yet, when they were unexpectedly catapulted into the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League. As a result, the college’s team of Arts students, Actuary Master’s and Theoretical Physics grads went from playing intervarsity competitions to World Cup stars in the space of six months. Scouting opposition on YouTube, arranging matches 3,000 miles away which would never take place, and players who wouldn’t be recognised on their own campus making headlines across Europe in an unforgettable summer – One Night in Dudelange reveals what it’s really like to prepare for and play in the single biggest day in the UEFA calendar.
One Night In Dudelange
- Publisher: Vision Sports Publishing
- Year: 2019
- ISBN 13: 9781909534988
- Number of Pages: 216
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 2019-09-25
- Availability: 2-3 Days