DAVID SHONFIELD: What if Roma really fight back tonight?

Jim Pallotta is worried, writes David Shonfield.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Post-Moneyball business models go head-to-head

Pallotta’s backroom group is focusing more on computer analysis of players and opponents, using methods developed by an American data team, writes David Shonfield

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Football equivalent of the gunfight at the OK Corral

It has been billed as the Battle of Britain – or at least England. But tonight’s showdown in Manchester is more than simply a contest to decide the best English side in Europe, or even which of two rival cities has this season’s bragging rights, writes David Shonfield.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Can Italian nous match Spanish flair in Champions League?

There is always an edge to matches between the Spanish and the Italians, and football is only part of it.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Italian football struggles to come to terms with Davide Astori tragedy

Flags flew at half-mast in Italy yesterday: At the Italian football federation in Rome, and at other buildings and grounds, including the national coaching centre in Florence that overlooks the stadium where Davide Astori used to play. Professional football in Italy came to a halt on Sunday and teams will be wearing black armbands this week.

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