David Shonfield - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DAVID SHONFIELD: Will 2015 be year of the French?

Most seasons have a defining moment. In France, it came on Sunday night.


DAVID SHONFIELD: When a soccer friendly is not really a friendly

All friendly matches are equal but some are more equal than others, writes David Shonfield.


DAVID SHONFIELD: Belief the key for Arsenal and Man City in Champions League

English clubs are becoming so cushioned financially that they may be a softer touch in Europe, writes David Shonfield.


DAVID SHONFIELD: David Shonfield: PSG can thrive in midfield minefield against Chelsea

Paris Saint-Germain believe they can beat Chelsea in the Champions League tomorrow night, writes David Shonfield.


DAVID SHONFIELD: Iberian allies fight TPO axe

Fifa is facing a serious revolt within the ranks against its ban on third party ownership (TPO) of players which was imposed in December, writes David Shonfield.


DAVID SHONFIELD: Expect Arsene Wenger to enjoy happy return to Monaco

In a week that sees Barcelona in Manchester, Juventus taking on Dortmund and Liverpool’s return to Istanbul, tomorrow night’s match between Monaco and Arsenal might seem like a sideshow, writes David Shonfield.


DAVID SHONFIELD: Pierluigi Collina looks to simplify the rules for referees

Pierluigi Collina has probably been the most influential referee in world football, and certainly the most recognisable. Now Uefa’s man in charge of the men in charge, he has been explaining the challenges facing match officials as the Champions League and Europa League reach the knockout stage.

Pep Guardiola.

DAVID SHONFIELD: Bundesliga blip shows Bayern not out of sight just yet

How can a team go unbeaten for four months, conceding only four goals, and then manage to let in four in 69 minutes? writes David Shonfield

Robert Huth: one of the many players on the move.

DAVID SHONFIELD: Third party transfer ban has made big impact

Every transfer window is different; the one just closed has been unique. Not because of the deals that were done, but because of those which have been blocked. For the first time ever, third parties have been excluded from acquiring players’ economic rights, not just throughout Europe but worldwide.


DAVID SHONFIELD: China enters the ball game

Forget the London clubs. Forget Manchester. Forget Paris, Monaco and Rome. The most significant foreign investment in European football came last week and it’s not Russian, Arab or American but Chinese, writes David Shonfield.

Besiktas is a well known club. But it too faces difficulties.

DAVID SHONFIELD: Fans turn their backs on Turkish football

Turkish football has a turbulent history but no-one could anticipate the crisis unravelling this season, writes David Shonfield