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Former Cliftonville man Chris O’Loughlin on his wild and emotional ride in football as he prepares to take on Rangers in Europe

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Chris O’Loughlin (right) talks to Harry Kewell during his time as assistant coach at Melbourne Victory

Chris O’Loughlin (right) talks to Harry Kewell during his time as assistant coach at Melbourne Victory

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Chris O’Loughlin (right) talks to Harry Kewell during his time as assistant coach at Melbourne Victory

From Cliftonville reserves to taking on Rangers in the Champions League and coaching in South African townships, hairy and scary experiences in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and an Australian adventure with Jim Magilton in between, Chris O’Loughlin’s football journey is an extraordinary one.

Today Limerick-born O’Loughlin, the son of west Belfast native Charlie, is the highly respected Sporting Director at Belgium club Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, who next week will play for the first time in the most prestigious club competition in the world.


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