David Shonfield - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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DAVID SHONFIELD: Reborn Radamel Falcao big threat to City prospects

The Champions League scripts department has been doing some clever rewrites lately.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Can Arsenal scupper Lahm’s swansong plans?

Bayern Munich against Arsenal has become a Champions League hardy perennial. Tomorrow night’s match takes on added significance following Philipp Lahm’s announcement that he will retire at the end of the season.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: The Italian view - ‘There’s a lot of talent here, it’s just creating a culture of winning’

This is a more significant match for Italy than the game against Wales last Sunday, writes David Shonfield.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Juventus retain their edge over bitter rivals Inter

Italians are cannier about their football than the Spanish, or maybe they’re just more cynical.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Bas Dost: An unlikely contender

The Golden Shoe is a little like the Golden Cleric award, which, if you remember, is a tremendous honour although unfortunately there is no cash prize attached.

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