David Shonfield - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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.

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.

Michel Platini

DAVID SHONFIELD: The year whipping boys hit back

It was said that the euros would be devalued. Not the currency, the football.

Adam Nawalka: Switched to 4-4-2.

DAVID SHONFIELD: New-look Poland must prove credentials away from home

Kick-off for Friday’s European qualifier between Georgia and Poland in Tbilisi is 9pm, one hour and a quarter later than the match in Glasgow.


DAVID SHONFIELD: Things are about to get serious

Tonight is when the Champions League starts to get serious.

HIGH FLYER: AC Milan striker  Fernando Torres stretches for a volley during the Serie A claash with Fiorentina at the San Siro Stadium  on Sunday.

DAVID SHONFIELD: Italy’s climate of uncertainty

The crisis in Italian football is a bit like climate change.

Carlo Ancelotti

DAVID SHONFIELD: With Barca on Real’s mind, Pool can spring a surprise

Winning in Europe at the same time as winning at home is an art, and even experience does not guarantee success.


DAVID SHONFIELD: Germany attack unlikely to be as a wasteful two games on the trot

German football is like the German economy. Both are normally so strong that an upset can be magnified into a potential crisis, writes David Shonfield.


DAVID SHONFIELD: Homegrown approach boosts Germany and Spain

International breaks in football usually are a source of frustration, this one more than most.