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Paul McGrath (footballer)

Personal information
Full namePaul McGrath
Date of birth4 December 1959(age 56)
Place of birthEaling, England
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionCentre back

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Paul McGrath (born 4 December 1959) is a retired Irish footballer, who played as a defender. McGrath is widely recognised as one of the greatest players to have ever come out of Ireland.

In a career greatly hampered by physical and off-the-field problems, he played 14 professional seasons with Aston Villa and Manchester United (seven apiece). A tough tackler, he often defied medical knowledge, due to the conditioning of his knees.

Also a long-time member of the Republic of Ireland national team, he appeared at the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups, as well as UEFA Euro 1988, the team's first-ever international tournament.

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