FAI pays its respects to Liam Miller

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FAI pays its respects to Liam Miller

The Football Association of Ireland is saddened to learn of the passing of former Republic of Ireland international Liam Miller.
10th Feb 2018

Hailing from County Cork, the 36-year-old passed away following illness and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

The former midfielder enjoyed a distinguished career that saw him line out for 12 professional clubs in seven different countries, including Celtic, Manchester United, Leeds United, Sunderland, Hibernian, Perth Glory and Cork City.

A star player at underage level for Ireland, he was part of the Ireland Under 16 squad that won the UEFA European Championships in 1998.

Miller went on to earn 21 senior caps after making his debut on March 31, 2004 against Czech Republic. He scored his only senior goal in a 3-0 victory over Sweden on March 1, 2006.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, who gave Liam his senior debut for Celtic, praised the midfielder as he recalled his fond memories of him.

"I remember the impact that Liam had in a big Champions League match against Lyon. We were pressing strongly and trying to find the breakthrough when Liam scored a magical goal that gave us momentum to win the game," said O'Neill.

"At the end of that season, Liam moved on to Manchester United but had already made a strong mark at Celtic Park and the players were extremely disappointed to see him go.

"Liam's passing is very sad and he will be greatly missed. He was an excellent footballer and a fantastic man."

FAI CEO John Delaney paid tribute to Miller by saying: "It is very upsetting to learn of the passing of Liam Miller at such a young age. I only visited with Liam in Cork very recently and he was still fighting bravely against his illness.

"A gifted midfielder, Liam helped the Ireland Under 16s win the UEFA European Championships in Scotland and went on to forge a fine senior career that saw him pull on the green jersey for Ireland at senior level - and we will all remember his superb goal against Sweden.

"While Liam achieved a lot as a player, he still had a lot more to give and that is the most tragic aspect of his passing. We send our deepest condolences to Liam's family at this difficult time."

The FAI will remember Liam with a tribute in the coming months.