French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac admits he has a real fondness for Croke Park.
The Toulouse striker, who is in line to start the World Cup qualifying play-off on Saturday, admits he is no stranger to the Dublin venue.
Gignac indeed spent time in Ireland as a youngster and fell in love with Gaelic football - whose home is Croke Park - where France will meet Ireland on Saturday.
"When I was younger, I went to Ireland in summer camp at Fermoy, close to Cork. There, I discovered Gaelic Football," said Gignac.
"Croke Park is a wonderful stadium. It is fantastic to play there for World Cup qualification.
"Indeed, that match is maybe the most important moment of my whole career.
"You don't know what the future will be. World Cup qualification is an opportunity you could have just once in your whole career.
"When I am in French team, I am learning every day and from everyone. During training sessions, I am watching Thierry Henry work very closely."
Eric Abidal is also looking forward to the game, and he knows that Ireland may try their best to upset France.
"They try to tickle your ankles, but that's part of football," he said.
"It will require a lot of self-control from our part.
"We must make sure we hold our nerve in order not to hamper the team."