Daniel O'Shaughnessy

Daniel O'Shaughnessy
AUT U-21 vs. FIN U-21 2015-11-13 (163).jpg
O'Shaughnessy with Finland U21 in 2015
Personal information
Full name Daniel Michael O'Shaughnessy[1]
Date of birth (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 27)
Place of birth Riihimäki, Finland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre-back, left back
Club information
Current team
HJK
Number 5
Youth career
1998–2002 RiNS
2003–2008 Honka
2009–2011 HJK
2012–2014 Metz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Klubi-04 23 (3)
2012–2014 Metz B 40 (1)
2014–2016 Brentford 0 (0)
2015 Braintree Town (loan) 1 (0)
2016 Midtjylland (loan) 1 (0)
2016–2018 Cheltenham Town 37 (3)
2018– HJK 75 (5)
National team
2009 Finland U15 3 (0)
2009–2010 Finland U16 13 (0)
2010 Finland U17 7 (0)
2011–2012 Finland U18 14 (1)
2013–2014 Finland U20 2 (1)
2013–2016 Finland U21 14 (2)
2016– Finland 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:55, 31 August 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:21, 7 September 2021 (UTC)

Daniel Michael O'Shaughnessy (born 14 September 1994) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays for HJK and the Finland national team as a defender. He began his career in the youth systems at Honka, HJK and Metz and also played in England for Braintree Town and Cheltenham Town.

Early life

O'Shaughnessy was born in Riihimäki on 14 September 1994,[1] the son of a Finnish mother and an Irish father (Robert, a painter from Galway).[2] He holds dual Finnish-Irish citizenship.[2] His older brother Patrick is a former professional footballer.[3]

Club career

Youth years

A central defender, O'Shaughnessy began his career in Finland alongside his brother Patrick at Honka and was part of the youth team which made an impressive showing at the 2008 Nike Premier Cup.[4] Both brothers joined Veikkausliiga club HJK in early 2009.[5] O'Shaughnessy broke into the club's reserve team the following year, making 23 appearances and scoring two goals during the 2011 Kakkonen season,[6] missing out on promotion to the Ykkönen after a playoff semi-final defeat to BK-46.[7] After trials at Premier League clubs Liverpool, Manchester United, Sunderland and Scottish Premier League club Celtic,[4][8] O'Shaughnessy moved to French Ligue 2 club Metz on a two-and-a-half-year contract in early January 2012.[4] He made 40 appearances and scored one goal for the club's reserve team and helped the team to the 2013–14 Championnat de France amateur 2 Group C title.[6][9] O'Shaughnessy departed Metz at the end of the 2013–14 season,[3] having failed to receive a call into the first team squad.[6]

Brentford

O'Shaughnessy joined newly-promoted Championship club Brentford on trial in July 2014 and made a 30-minute cameo in a 4–0 pre-season friendly defeat to Osasuna on 29 July.[10] On 1 August, it was announced that O'Shaughnessy had signed a two-year professional contract.[3] He was an unused substitute during Brentford's two League Cup ties in August 2014,[11] but instead spent the 2014–15 season in the Development Squad, in which he made 23 appearances and scoring one goal.[12] O'Shaughnessy began the 2015–16 season in the Development Squad and made 13 appearances and scored one goal before leaving on loan for the rest of the season in late January 2016.[13][14] He was released in May 2016, having failed to make a first team appearance during two seasons at Griffin Park.[15]

On 22 September 2015, O'Shaughnessy joined National League club Braintree Town on a one-month loan.[16] His only appearance for the club came later that day as a half time substitute for Sam Habergham during a 2–1 win over Woking.[17]

On 28 January 2016, O'Shaughnessy joined Danish Superliga club Midtjylland on loan for the rest of the 2015–16 season.[14] He won his maiden first team call-up for a league match versus Copenhagen on 3 March and remained an unused substitute during the 1–0 defeat.[6] After four further substitute appearances, O'Shaughnessy made his debut in the final match of the season versus Nordsjælland and replaced Kian Hansen after 59 minutes of the 4–1 victory.[6]

Cheltenham Town

On 12 July 2016, O'Shaughnessy joined League Two newcomers Cheltenham Town on a one-year contract.[18] During a 2016–17 season in which the Robins narrowly avoided being relegated straight back into non-league football,[19] he made 36 appearances and scored four goals.[20] O'Shaughnessy signed a new one-year contract in June 2017,[21] but he was down the defensive pecking order during the first half of the 2017–18 season and he departed the club on 2 January 2018.[22][23] O'Shaughnessy made 49 appearances and scored four goals during 18 months at Whaddon Road.[24]

Return to HJK

On 2 January 2018, O'Shaughnessy returned to Finland to re-join reigning Veikkausliiga champions HJK on a two-year contract, with the option for a further year.[25] Despite missing the final three months of the 2018 season with a knee injury,[2] O'Shaughnessy made 24 appearances, scored three goals and in his absence,[6] HJK were crowned Veikkausliiga champions.[26] O'Shaughnessy was a near ever-present during the 2019 season and finished the campaign with 31 appearances and three goals.[6] During a period while he was conducting his national service,[2] O'Shaughnessy signed a new two-year contract in October 2019 and made 28 appearances during HJK's double-winning 2020 season.[6][27][28][29]

Karlsruher SC

On 30 August 2021, it was announced that O'Shaughnessy would join 2. Bundesliga club Karlsruher SC in December 2021, on a contract running until 2023.[30]

International career

O'Shaughnessy represented Finland at all age-groups from U15 up to U21 level.[6] He won his maiden call into the senior team for a friendly versus Estonia on 9 June 2015, but remained an unused substitute during the 2–0 defeat.[6] O'Shaughnessy made his full international debut as a late substitute for Ville Jalasto in a 3–0 friendly defeat to Sweden in Abu Dhabi on 10 January 2016.[31] He made his first start three days later versus Iceland and played the full 90 minutes of a 1–0 defeat.[31] Two years after his first call-up to the senior team, O'Shaughnessy won his third cap as a half time substitute in a 2–1 friendly win over Jordan on 11 January 2018.[31] He won his first competitive cap with a start in a 1–0 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B defeat to Wales on 3 September 2020.[31] O'Shaughnessy was named in the Finland squad for Euro 2020 and was the only domestic-based player in the selection.[32] He started in each of the Finns' three group stage matches,[31] prior to the team's elimination.[33]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 29 August 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Klubi-04 2011[6] Kakkonen Group A 23 2 23 2
Metz B 2011–12[6] CFA Group B 3 0 3 0
2012–13[6] CFA Group A 20 0 20 0
2013–14[6] CFA 2 Group C 17 1 17 1
Total 40 1 40 1
Brentford 2014–15[34] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Braintree Town (loan) 2015–16[17] National League 1 0 1 0
Midtjylland (loan) 2015–16[17] Danish Superliga 1 0 0 0 1 0
Cheltenham Town 2016–17[20] League Two 27 3 2 0 2 0 5[a] 1 36 4
2017–18[35] 10 0 0 0 1 0 2[a] 0 13 0
Total 37 3 2 0 3 0 7 1 49 4
HJK 2018[6] Veikkausliiga 17 2 5 1 2[b] 0 24 3
2019[6] 24 2 0 0 5[c] 1 2[d] 0 31 3
2020[6] 21 0 7 2 28 2
2021[6] 13 1 4 0 4[b] 0 21 1
Total 75 5 16 3 11 1 2 0 104 9
Career total 177 11 18 3 3 0 11 1 9 1 218 16
  1. ^ a b Appearances in EFL Trophy
  2. ^ a b Appearances in Champions League
  3. ^ 3 appearances and 1 goal in Champions League, 2 appearances in Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in Veikkausliiga European play-offs

International

As of match played 7 September 2021[31]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Finland 2016 2 0
2018 1 0
2020 5 0
2021 8 0
Total 16 0

Honours

Klubi 04

Metz B

HJK

References

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  2. ^ a b c d Lennon, Barry. "Meet the Irish-Finnish soldier who is aiming to make the Euro 2020 finals... after completing his national service". Independent. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Chapman, Mark. "Daniel O'Shaughnessy Signs For Brentford". Brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "The Emerald Exiles Ones to Watch in 2014: Patrick and Daniel O'Shaughnessy". Theemeraldexiles.com. 30 December 2013. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  5. ^ Fitzmaurice, Aidan (22 January 2009). "Who's playing where?". Herald.ie. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Daniel O'Shaughnessy at Soccerway. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Klubi-04 vs. BK-46 – 19 October 2011". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  8. ^ "HJK-lupaus Liverpoolin testattavaksi". Yle Urheilu. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Summary – National 3 – France". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Match report as Brentford play CA Osasuna in pre-season friendly at Griffin Park". Brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Daniel O'Shaughnessy Player Profile". ESPN FC. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  12. ^ Brett, Ciaran. "2014/15 Development Squad Stats". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  13. ^ Deacon, Chris. "2015/16 Development Squad Stats". Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Daniel O'Shaughnessy joins FC Midtylland on loan". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  15. ^ Brett, Ciaran. "Four young players will be leaving Brentford when their contracts expire at the end of the season". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Daniel O'Shaughnessy joins Braintree Town on loan". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  17. ^ a b c "Games played by Daniel O'Shaughnessy in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Daniel O'Shaughnessy signs for the Robins!". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  19. ^ "In Focus: Cheltenham Town". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Games played by Daniel O'Shaughnessy in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Dan O'Shaughnessy signs a new contract with the Robins". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Daniel O'Shaughnessy Player Profile". ESPN FC. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  23. ^ "O'Shaughnessy leaves Robins to join Helsinki". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  24. ^ Daniel O'Shaughnessy at Soccerbase
  25. ^ "HJK ja Daniel O'Shaughnessy sopimukseen". www.hjk.fi (in Finnish). Archived from the original on 3 January 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  26. ^ a b "Summary – Veikkausliiga – Finland". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  27. ^ "Daniel O'Shaughnessy jatkaa Klubissa". HJK Helsinki (in Finnish). 30 October 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  28. ^ a b "Summary – Veikkausliiga – Finland". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  29. ^ a b "Inter Turku vs. HJK – 3 October 2020". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  30. ^ "KSC verpflichtet Nationalspieler Daniel O'Shaughnessy". www.ksc.de (in German). Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  31. ^ a b c d e f "Daniel O'Shaughnessy". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  32. ^ "Tässä on Huuhkajien EM-kisajoukkue!". www.palloliitto.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  33. ^ "EURO 2020 review: Finland". UEFA.com. 24 June 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  34. ^ "Games played by Daniel O'Shaughnessy in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  35. ^ "Games played by Daniel O'Shaughnessy in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  36. ^ "Summary – Kakkonen – Finland". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 September 2019.

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