David Shonfield - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DAVID SHONFIELD: Time we saw through soccer’s dazzling numbers game

If ever Uefa should be minded to look for a more appropriate Champions League anthem, my nomination will be Liza Minnelli singing her Cabaret hit ‘Money Makes The World Go Round’.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Monaco not without hope of stunning the Old Lady

Tonight’s Champions League semi-final has the ingredients for a classic.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Sergio Ramos could be man to haunt Atletico again

The most intimate of enemies is how the Spanish commentator described Real Madrid and Atletico when they first met in the semi-final of the European Cup – and that was nearly 60 years ago.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Magical Messi revives title race

Big matches often fail to live up to their billing, but Real Madrid and Barcelona produced a belter on Sunday night that genuinely deserved the title of El Clasico.

 

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Monaco gamble all on Euro glory

Monaco are three points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and next week fly the flag for France in Europe against Borussia Dortmund.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Where now for Dutch football?

There was a moment during the last World Cup finals when it seemed the Dutch might be about to write a new chapter in their glorious football history, writes David Shonfield

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Monitoring of young players can be improved

Ryan McBride wasn't a household name across Europe, but now his passing is being marked, much like those of footballers who have died in similarly inexplicable circumstances, writes David Shonfield

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Goals are flowing but Uefa have some official concerns

Fifty-five goals in 12 games is a goal glut by any standards, including the Champions League, and there is a strong chance that trend will continue tonight, and especially tomorrow in Monaco. 

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Can Arsenal do a Deportivo on Carlo Ancelotti?

A four-goal comeback in the Champions League sounds like fantasy football, and maybe it is — but Carlo Ancelotti has been on the receiving end.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Curious case of Fabio Quagliarella

Naples is a city that worships footballers; it can also be a city that comes to haunt them.

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