David Shonfield - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DAVID SHONFIELD: Austria enjoy success away from home

You could call this a breakthrough season for Austrian football, but it is a breakthrough with a catch, writes David Shonfield.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Grand masters Allegri and Zidane prepare for Cardiff chess match

Both come from old port cities beside the Mediterranean, but the two men arrived at the top of their profession by completely different routes, writes David Shonfield.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: David Shonfield: Ajax young bloods impress old Wesley Sneijder

There are men with a foot in both camps for tonight’s Europa League final. Daley Blind is one, another is Wesley Sneijder.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Time we saw through soccer’s dazzling numbers game

If ever Uefa should be minded to look for a more appropriate Champions League anthem, my nomination will be Liza Minnelli singing her Cabaret hit ‘Money Makes The World Go Round’.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Monaco not without hope of stunning the Old Lady

Tonight’s Champions League semi-final has the ingredients for a classic.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Sergio Ramos could be man to haunt Atletico again

The most intimate of enemies is how the Spanish commentator described Real Madrid and Atletico when they first met in the semi-final of the European Cup – and that was nearly 60 years ago.

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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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