David Shonfield - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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DAVID SHONFIELD: Leipzig now the German Leicester City?

It could only happen in England, they said, and of course it could never happen again.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Managing a break with tradition for Qatar World Cup is no easy task

League football returned with a bang at the weekend, and not a moment too soon.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Ireland and Poland send echoes around Europe

“It’s a scoreline that will echo around Europe,” Clive Tyldesley told viewers excitedly as England neared the final whistle at Wembley on Friday night. 

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Political turmoil in Greece reflected by on-field events

It was derby day in Greece on Sunday. The derby of the Eternal Enemies.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Predictable Champions League group stage plods on

Europe’s football hierarchy is not known for piety. Its devotion is mostly to something more tangible than God, in particular to the Swiss franc.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Marseille’s nouveau riche add spice to bitter PSG rivalry

Where would Luke Skywalker have been without Darth Vader? demanded France Football last week.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Time for keepers to suit up and be superheroes

“Even Superman is sometimes just Clark Kent” said the banner held up by Juventus fans on Saturday after a troubled 10 days for Gigi Buffon.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Ultras rise to the occasion for a worthy cause

A little bit of football history was made on Sunday when Salernitana played Benevento in Italy’s Serie B.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Barcelona and Real Madrid suffer pre-break slumps

Big clubs can sometimes struggle against weak opposition after their players have been away on World Cup duty. On Sunday, Barcelona and Madrid managed to break new ground by slipping up before the international break.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Spanish clubs concerned ahead of German clashes in Champions League

In a Champions League contest between Germany and Spain you would normally expect the Spanish clubs to come out on top.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Rich get richer in European football's ‘evolution not revolution’

There is a carve-up taking place at the top of European football and you don’t need to be a conspiracy theorist to see who is behind it.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Never a good time to play Barcelona, but not a bad one either for Celtic

Sunday was La Diada in Barcelona, the day when Catalan people celebrate their culture and identity, and the taste of defeat was in the air.

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