The special guest of the scouting course organized by IPSO, which was take place 14-15 November at the Wroclaw Stadium, was the legendary Irish footballer Steve Staunton.
This renowned defender played for the Ireland national team 102 times and participated in three World Cups – 1990 (Italy), 1994 (USA) and 2002 (South Korea and Japan). He did this as the only Irish player in history, in addition to playing all the matches of his national team in the World Cup finals at full-time. In South Korea and Japan he held up the role of captain. When he finished his career in 2006-07, he became the coach of the national team.
However, he had greater achievements in football clubs. Most matches in his career, a total of 28, were played for Aston Villa Birmingham. Between 1994 and 1996 the team won the League Cup.
He also played seven years in Liverpool. With the “Reds” he won in 1990 the last in the history of the club championship of England, being a fairly strong point of a team full of stars. At that time players like John Barnes, Ian Rush, Glen Hysen and Peter Beardsley among others were faces of Liverpool.
A year earlier he won the national cup and he won the Charity Shield match twice with the club.
“The career of a footballer is long behind me, now I’m trying to find my place in football otherwise. That is why I have gladly accepted an invitation from IPSO and flew into Poland.” Steve Staunton said.