David Shonfield - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DAVID SHONFIELD: Italy's lack of squad depth now clear to Antonio Conte

How much will Ireland’s historic victory affect the way Italy approach their showdown with Spain on Monday?

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Athletic Iceland look best-equipped outsider to reach last 16

Michel Platini is in disgrace, his career with Uefa apparently over, but his legacy to this tournament lives on.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Football politics in France: From there to here

It is 11am on the evening of July 12 1998. France have just beaten Brazil 3-0 to win the World Cup, and an entire city is going crazy.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Louis Van Gaal was never going to be a quick fix

A lot has changed in the two years since Manchester United appointed Louis Van Gaal, but one thing has not: The man himself.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Sevilla hoping for perfect away day in Basel

Has a team ever lifted a European trophy after going an entire season without winning an away game in their own league?

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Ajax get cake but lose Dutch title to PSV after final day shock result

No sporting event this week can quite compete with the crowning of Leicester City.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: How modest family man Claudio Ranieri pulled off a sporting miracle

Claudio Ranieri has always been a modest man, as well as a family man.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Will Real Madrid's dreams be haunted by Manuel Pellegrini?

Half the Real Madrid side have links with Manchester declared Marca yesterday, as always the voice of Madrid, cranking up the volume about tonight’s match against Manchester City.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Families show truth can have no boundary

Never give up.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Cesare Maldini: The Italian who turned defending into an art

A football match lasts 90 minutes but the memories can stay with you for a lifetime.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Still all to play for with a tasty Spanish dish to savour

Unexpectedly, all four of this week’s Champions League ties are still in the balance.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Antonio Conte one of the hardest taskmasters in football

When Antonio Conte checks in at Chelsea’s Cobham training centre sometime in early July he will be the latest in a unique management line.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Football needs its whistle blowers

Whatever you think of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, the world needs whistleblowers and leakers.

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