Year: 2012

James Arthur’s X-Factor in Class

Whatever your thoughts about musicians taking part in talent shows, James Arthur has the X-Factor when it comes to class. The 24-year-old has called for ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,’ the Hillsborough victims tribute single, to reach the Christmas number one spot at the expense of his own song. Respect Mr. Arthur.

Video: 1920’s American Soccer

Rare footage has emerged of the U.S. Open Cup soccer final, played on March 30, 1924, in St. Louis, between winners Fall River Marksmen and St. Louis Vesper Buick.

Robbie: Is Maith Liom Kaka MLS

Rumours abound that Brazil’s Kaka is about to join Robbie Keane at LA Galaxy and Ireland’s skipper has said he would welcome the Real Madrid playmaker with open arms. While he was busy scoring a wonder goal in Madrid’s trashing […]

Prince of Rio, Heleno de Freitas

Heleno de Freitas was a Brazilian footballing superstar in the 1940’s whose fall from grace is featured in the movie ‘Heleno’ released in the USA this week. The Botafogo hero starred for Brazil at the 1948 World Cup but his personal life began to unravel soon after. Heleno developed dementia and attempted suicide. At one point, he ate newspaper clippings that had detailed his triumphs and he died at the age of just 39.

Brady: Face it, Our Twitter Kids Lack Hunger

John Giles famously lamented our young people’s distractions with ‘personal stereos.’ Eamon Dunphy said we needed poverty and dictatorships. Now Liam Brady has blasted social media’s influence on the ever-decreasing Irish talent pool.

Plat’s That, No Euros for Ireland

There’ll be no repeat of the scenes in Poland last summer on the cobbled streets of Temple Bar. Unless Dublin is included in Michel Platini’s Euro vision. Ireland’s joint bid with Wales and Scotland to host the 2020 European Championship […]