David Shonfield - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DAVID SHONFIELD: Tax furore puts new cloud over Serie A

Rule one of Italian football is that whenever Italy are due to compete in a major tournament, a big scandal will break in the previous six months.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: January lull before summer transfer frenzy begins

The winter transfer window is like an appointment with the dentist. 

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DAVID SHONFIELD: A sporting revolution as China fast becoming a global football powerhouse

The most significant football event of the year may have been a meeting in Shanghai last week.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Fifa’s transfer watchdog gets teeth into Madrid’s two giants

The transfer bans against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid announced last week show both the strengths and the weaknesses of Fifa’s regulations.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Derby night divides Catalonia

Barcelona and Lionel Messi are again the centre of admiration in the football world and rightly so.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Europe’s hottest seat too much for Rafa Benitez

Football management has always been a precarious business, but never more so than now.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: FIFA's corruption web is gradually unravelling

Traditionally it is the Mounties who always get their man, but in pursuing and bringing down Sepp Blatter and now Michel Platini the FBI has done something that for a long time seemed impossible: the web of corruption in world football is gradually being unravelled.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Hint of the predictable for familiar Champions League rivals

As a rule there is nothing more predictable than the Christmas TV schedules. Except the draw for the Champions League knockout round.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Special omens as Chelsea face Porto

Fate has a way of setting up enticing Champions League encounters and Chelsea’s showdown against Porto tomorrow is up there with the best, writes David Shonfield.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: PSG dominate in France as rivals can’t keep up — on or off the pitch

Thirteen points separate Paris Saint-Germain from the rest of Ligue 1, and it might as well be 130, given the chance of any of their rivals making a sustained challenge this season.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Terror threat a big test for football

Gallows humour is much the same among football fans the world over. So the sight of snipers high up in the stands of the Bernabeu stadium for Real Madrid’s match against Barcelona on Saturday inevitably prompted questions about whether they were protecting Florentino Perez against the fans.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Symbolism important for France after Paris attacks

You could sense that Giovanni Trapattoni was close to tears on Friday night even before the two teams walked out on to the pitch in Brussels.

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