Johnny Giles predicts World Cup winner as he looks forward to watching it in peace

It's World Cup time. You excited? Johnny Giles is.

The Irish football legend is looking forward to watching the tournament from the comfort of his own home for the first time in over 30 years.

Johnny, who has been a mainstay on the RTÉ TV football panel since Mexico 1986, has plans to put the feet up and enjoy one of the biggest spectacles in sport.

With Liam Brady and Eamon Dunphy being joined by the likes of Damien Duff for this year's tournament, Johnny can relax.

Johnny said: “I’m really looking forward to the World Cup. This is the first time since 1986 that I haven't been working as a pundit for the World Cup so this time around, I hope I can enjoy it as a fan."

Johnny gave his view on who he thinks will triumph in Russia in the video below.

What's more, the father of four also has Father's Day on Sunday to look forward to, in between watching three World Cup games – and having lunch with his family.

He said: "Most importantly, I will be able to enjoy Father’s Day surrounded by all of my family which I might not have been able to do if I was working on the television.”

John joined his son Chris for a National Lottery kick-about at Dalymount Park Stadium.

Chris, a former footballer who followed in his father’s footsteps by playing for Shamrock Rovers, said that plans are underway to ensure that the Giles family will be going above and beyond this year to ensure that their dad has a Father’s Day to remember:

Chris said: "Father's Day is always a very special occasion in our house but our dad may be a little distracted this year with all of the World Cup matches on the TV.

"Without giving away too many surprises, we will have a lot of family home from England to spend time with him so we'll have a nice family meal and exchange some gifts.

"After that, we'll have to leave him alone and get out of his way so he can watch all of the football matches in peace.”

Chris also spoke of his happy childhood and regular upbringing despite being the son of one of Ireland's greatest ever football players.

He said: "It was never really a big deal to us that our dad was the great Johnny Giles. I've seen very little of dad play football live but of course we've all watched the tapes and DVDs of his time with Leeds United and the Republic of Ireland and we are all very proud of him.

Even though he was a world-famous footballer, it just seemed like a regular job to us at the time.

"Growing up as a child in that environment, he was always very normal and a very level-headed, loving father.

"We all had a great childhood and we were very well looked so we will be forever grateful for that."


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