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Liam Brady (born February 13, 1956 in Dublin, Ireland) is a former footballer, who is now a coach and television pundit.

Part of a footballing family (his uncle and two brothers having been players as well), Brady started his career as a midfielder at Arsenal, making his debut aged 17, on October 6, 1973 against Birmingham City F.C.. Renowned for his supremely elegant technical skills, most notably his famous left foot, his high-quality passing and close control, he gained the nickname "Chippy", although this was on account of his dietary habits rather than his ability to chip the ball.

By 1974 Brady was a first-team regular, at Arsenal; his passing providing the ammunition for Arsenal's front men such as Malcolm Macdonald and Frank Stapleton. With the Gunners, he won the 1979 FA Cup (helping set up Alan Sunderland's famous last-minute winner in the final against Manchester United), as well as being a runner-up in the 1978 and 1980 competitions. He was also a runner-up after Arsenal lost the 1980 Cup Winners' Cup final to Valencia on penalties. Brady, along with Graham Rix, missed in the shootout.

Brady was the most talented player in what was then a distinctly average Arsenal side, which was unable to challenge for serious honours like the Division One title. He was voted the club's player of the year three times, and PFA Player of the Year in 1979. In the summer of 1980 he signed for Italian giants Juventus, and spent two seasons there, picking up two Italian Championship medals, in 1981 and 1982; Brady scored the only goal (a penalty) in the 1-0 win against Catanzaro that won the 1982 title.

After the arrival of Michel Platini in summer 1982, Brady moved to Sampdoria, and went on to play for Internazionale (1984-1986) and Ascoli (1986-1987), before returning to London to play for West Ham (1987-1990). He won 72 international caps for the Republic of Ireland, scoring 9 goals, although he never played in a major tournament, thanks to injury and a suspension accrued before Euro 88.

After retiring from playing in 1990, he managed Celtic between 1991 and 1993, and then Brighton & Hove Albion between 1993 and 1995. Neither spell was particularly successful, at both clubs Brady's tenure was overshadowed by financial problems.

He is remembered as one of Arsenal's all-time greats, playing 307 matches for the Gunners, scoring 59 goals and setting up many more. He rejoined Arsenal in 1996, as Head of Youth Development and Academy Director, and has remained there since. He oversaw the club's FA Youth Cup wins in 2000 and 2001.

 

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