David Shonfield - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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DAVID SHONFIELD: Memphis Depay’s move a sign of the French evolution

Is Ligue 1 becoming fashionable again? France Football asked its readers in an internet poll last week.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: New proposals mean no rest for players

“There is too much football,” said Brian Clough — and that was almost 40 years ago.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Africa Cup of Nations lacks lustre for clubs

The Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in Gabon next weekend, and if that’s a shrug I detect, then you are not alone.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Managers under microscope

By profession Arrigo Sacchi was a shoe salesman, and not a very good one, before becoming manager of Milan and winning back-to-back European Cups.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Chinese firepower shakes up market

There has always been a case for abolishing the winter transfer window, except for genuine emergencies.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Testing times for elite French clubs

French football packs up for its two-week winter break tomorrow with its flagship clubs in a mini-crisis. The super-rich are no longer having things entirely their own way.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Bayern Munich not quite the brilliant force they once were

After a lacklustre group stage the Champions League draw has pulled out a couple of plums.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: How football brings out our best — and worst

Football has a great capacity to bring out good things in people, and also some of the worst. In the last week we’ve seen both.

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