David Shonfield - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Olympiakos (file photo) are a bit like Barcelona: more than just a club. They dominate Piraeus and the surrounding region, just outside Athens, and the club has a major economic and political influence.

DAVID SHONFIELD: Greece’s Old Firm facing a genuine challenge

Football sometimes seems like politics in disguise but in Greece, the opposite is also true, writes David Shonfield.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Crusade to restore Serie A’s glory days

Italian football has its share of unusual characters, none more so than Renzo Ulivieri.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Can present era stand comparison with the Golden Age?

The Golden Age of Football...now when was that exactly?

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Marcelo Bielsa Caldera

DAVID SHONFIELD: Bielsa brings new passion to Marseille

The story goes about Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Marseille, that back in Argentina, he had a football pitch built next to his home in the country.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Lessons to be learned from flawed group stage

The Champions League group stage was due a knife-edge finale and it has duly arrived. Just four group winners have been decided and only one runner-up.

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Lionel Messi

DAVID SHONFIELD: Hard to get worked up about Messi, not so Chelo?

Lionel Messi is a household name, even for those who don’t follow football, whereas the chances are that even football anoraks would have to check the identity of Marcelo Estigarribia.

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