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 Des Lynam’s smooth delivery and an accent difficult to place made him universally liked. Photograph: Allsport

“Hello, it’s June 30th and we’re at Wembley for the European Championship final, England against Scotland. Well, we can dream can’t we?” So began the(...)

Luciano Pavarotti.  “His big hobby was horses. He loved horses, especially Irish horses.” Photograph: Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

We all know Luciano Pavarotti was one of the world’s greatest tenors. We know he brought opera to the masses through his memorable Nessun Dorma at the(...)

Diego Maradona of Argentina walking on the pitch to face Cameroon match at the 1990 World Cup in Milan. Photograph: Allsport

“Maradona and 10 others.” Argentina coach Carlos Bilardo on being asked before the tournament to name his preferred starting 11. That would have done (...)

Diego Maradona was fouled 53 times in the 1990 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts/Getty

Oh, come on, everybody remembers Italia 90. Do they, though? Yes. What, all of it? Well, not all of it, obviously. Go on then, what do you remember?(...)

The Upside: Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart. Photograph: David Lee

There is bad timing and then there was that occasion the vicar called round when you were hosting an interdenominational wife-swapping party. Neil Ber(...)

Pope Francis at the Croke Park celebrations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Pope Francis arrived in Croke Park to a rapturous welcome from more than 80,000 people on Saturday night and looked visibly relaxed as he travelled th(...)

England fans watch Sweden vs England wearing masks of England manager Gareth Southgate. Photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes/File Photo

“I want to be back home as I hear they are having street parties.” Bobby Robson, July 1st, 1990: Cameroon 2, England 3 So far, there is only one play(...)

George Hayworth of Bourgeois and Maurice at Kilkenny Cat Laughs

Since 1995, Kilkenny Cat Laughs has become Ireland’s essential comedy pilgrimage, and this year sees former festival director and Kilkenny man Naoise (...)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remonstrates with the fourth official during their FA Cup fifth round win over Sutton United. Photo: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

For all the talk of Cup magic this was in the end an orderly out-ground experience for Arsenal, a 2-0 fifth-round victory that felt by the end like a (...)

When Marco Tardelli put Italy 2-0 up against West Germany with just 21 minutes left to play in the 1982 World Cup Final, he broke into a semi-ci(...)

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