Adrian to play key role in RTE's broadcasting
Sligo born broadcaster, Adrian Eames, will be a key member of the RTE team covering the World Cup.
He will commentate on ten games at the tournament, starting with the Chile v Australia clash on Friday.
As the competing teams went through intensive preparation for the world's biggest soccer tournament over the last few months, Adrian, pictured, has also had to do a lot of homework.
"Fairly extensive research was required," he points out.
"It was hard work but very enjoyable.
"I've a great interest in world soccer so it was a labour of love.
"Now all the preparation is done and we're ready to roll.
"It promises to be a great tournament and I'm really looking forward to it."
This will be Adrian's second World Cup.
He also worked for RTE at the South Africa tournament four years ago.
"The World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events on the planet.
"It attracts huge audiences and generates massive interest right across the globe.
"I really enjoyed covering the last World Cup in South Africa and I think this one could be even better."
He admits to having a soft spot for Argentina.
"I remember watching the 1978 World Cup as a young boy and I was fascinated by Argentina.
"I've been a huge fan ever since.
"I think they've got a great chance this year, especially if Lionel Messi performs on the biggest stage of all."
He nominates Brazil as the biggest threat to Argentina and feels Chile could be the surprise packets.
And he has a notion that England co do better than expected.
"There are so many quality teams involved that you could make a case for quite a few countries.
"That's what makes it so fascinating," says Adrian.