Stephen McPhail Reveals A Phone Call From Venus Williams Extended His Football Career


Stephen McPhail and Venus Williams

Former Irish International Football Player, Stephen John Paul McPhail hails American Tennis sensation, Venus Williams for extension of his football career. The current Shamrock Rovers sporting director Stephen McPhail says that Venus helps me to kick the ball for four more years in the Football Arena.  

Westminster born Stephen Mcphail still lives with Sjögren’s syndrome and Raynaud’s phenomenon. Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease. It means that your immune system attacks parts of your own body by mistake. In Sjogren’s syndrome, it attacks the glands that make tears and saliva. This causes a dry mouth and dry eyes.

In an interview with Phil Hay of The Athletic, “I had zero energy and no amount of sleep made any difference. When I hear people talking about suffering from fatigue I know exactly what they mean. I struggled big time to even get out of bed.” McPhail said.

Venus Williams

“She(Venus) Put Me In Touch With Her Specialist In LA”- Stephen McPhail

While Sjorgren’s started to affect Stephen’s football career at the same time, tennis legend Venus Williams had also been diagnosed with the syndrome in the United States.

Moreover, McPhail’s agents reached Venus Williams after reading her quote about Sjogren’s syndrome. Followed by Irish Footballer had a conversation with Former World No.01 Venus Willams in that she recommended her specialist for Stephen. 

Stephen McPhail

“She put me in touch with her specialist in LA, the top one in the world for Sjogren’s. I visited him for a week, he put me on this treatment and it really worked. I couldn’t train properly and I couldn’t get through a session without feeling knackered.

Without that treatment, I might have had no choice but to retire. I live with it every day but I’m able to have a normal life. I respond pretty well and I’ve got my head around the fact that I have to manage it.” Stephen McPhail concluded.

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After treatment for Sjögren’s syndrome in Los Angeles, Stephen McPhail continued his football career from 2011 to 2016. Eventually, McPhail retired from playing in October 2016.


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