David Shonfield - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DAVID SHONFIELD: New proposals mean no rest for players

“There is too much football,” said Brian Clough — and that was almost 40 years ago.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Africa Cup of Nations lacks lustre for clubs

The Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Gabon next weekend, and if that’s a shrug I detect, then you are not alone.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Managers under microscope

By profession Arrigo Sacchi was a shoe salesman, and not a very good one, before becoming manager of Milan and winning back-to-back European Cups.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Chinese firepower shakes up market

There has always been a case for abolishing the winter transfer window, except for genuine emergencies.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Testing times for elite French clubs

French football packs up for its two-week winter break tomorrow with its flagship clubs in a mini-crisis. The super-rich are no longer having things entirely their own way.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Bayern Munich not quite the brilliant force they once were

After a lacklustre group stage the Champions League draw has pulled out a couple of plums.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: How football brings out our best — and worst

Football has a great capacity to bring out good things in people, and also some of the worst. In the last week we’ve seen both.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Leipzig now the German Leicester City?

It could only happen in England, they said, and of course it could never happen again.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Managing a break with tradition for Qatar World Cup is no easy task

League football returned with a bang at the weekend, and not a moment too soon.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Ireland and Poland send echoes around Europe

“It’s a scoreline that will echo around Europe,” Clive Tyldesley told viewers excitedly as England neared the final whistle at Wembley on Friday night. 

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Political turmoil in Greece reflected by on-field events

It was derby day in Greece on Sunday. The derby of the Eternal Enemies.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Predictable Champions League group stage plods on

Europe’s football hierarchy is not known for piety. Its devotion is mostly to something more tangible than God, in particular to the Swiss franc.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Marseille’s nouveau riche add spice to bitter PSG rivalry

Where would Luke Skywalker have been without Darth Vader? demanded France Football last week.

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