Daniel O'Shaughnessy

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Daniel O'Shaughnessy
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O'Shaughnessy training with Finland U21 in 2015.
Personal information
Full name Daniel Michael O'Shaughnessy[1]
Date of birth (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Riihimäki, Finland
Height 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Central defender, 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)
2015Braintree Town (loan) 1 (0)
2016Midtjylland (loan) 1 (0)
2016–2018 Cheltenham Town 37 (3)
2018– HJK 17 (2)
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 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:25, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:00, 24 January 2018 (UTC)

Daniel Michael O'Shaughnessy (born 14 September 1994) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays for HJK as a defender. He began his career in the youth systems at Honka, HJK and Metz and has represented Finland at international level.

Playing career[edit]

Youth years[edit]

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.[2] Both brothers joined Veikkausliiga side HJK in early 2009.[3] O'Shaughnessy broke into the club's reserve team the following year, making 23 appearances and scoring two goals during the 2011 Kakkonen season,[4] missing out on promotion to the Ykkönen after a playoff semi-final defeat to BK-46.[5] After trials at Premier League sides Liverpool, Manchester United, Sunderland and Scottish Premier League side Celtic,[2][6] O'Shaughnessy moved to French Ligue 2 side Metz on a two-and-a-half-year deal in early January 2012.[2] He made 40 appearances and scored one goal for the club's reserve team, helping the side to the 2013–14 Championnat de France amateur 2 Group C title.[4] O'Shaughnessy departed Metz at the end of the 2013–14 season,[7] having failed to receive a call into the first team squad.[4]

Brentford[edit]

O'Shaughnessy joined Championship side Brentford on trial in July 2014, making a 30-minute cameo in a 4–0 pre-season friendly defeat to Osasuna on 29 July.[8] On 1 August, it was announced that O'Shaughnessy had signed a two-year professional contract.[7] He remained an unused substitute during Brentford's two League Cup ties in August 2014,[9] but instead spent the campaign in the Development Squad, making 23 appearances and scoring one goal.[10] O'Shaughnessy began the 2015–16 season in the Development Squad,[11] making 13 appearances and scoring one goal before leaving on loan for the rest of the season in late January 2016. He was released in May 2016, having failed to make a first team appearance during two seasons at Griffin Park.[12]

Braintree Town (loan)[edit]

On 22 September 2015, O'Shaughnessy joined National League side Braintree Town on a one-month loan.[13] 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.[14]

Midtjylland (loan)[edit]

On 28 January 2016, O'Shaughnessy joined Danish Superliga side Midtjylland on loan for the rest of the 2015–16 season.[15] 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.[4] After four further substitute appearances, O'Shaughnessy made his debut in the final match of the season versus Nordsjælland, replacing Kian Hansen after 59 minutes of the 4–1 victory.[4]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

On 12 July 2016, O'Shaughnessy joined League Two newcomers Cheltenham Town on a one-year contract.[16] During a 2016–17 season in which the Robins narrowly avoided being relegated straight back into non-league football,[17] he made 36 appearances and scored four goals.[18] O'Shaughnessy signed a new one-year contract in June 2017,[19] but was down the defensive pecking order during the first half of the 2017–18 season and he departed the club on 2 January 2018.[20][21] O'Shaughnessy made 49 appearances and scored four goals during 18 months at Whaddon Road.[22]

Return to HJK[edit]

On 2 January 2018, O'Shaughnessy returned to Finland to rejoin reigning Veikkausliiga champions HJK on a two-year contract, with the option for a further year.[23] He scored his first goal for the club on his third appearance, with the opener in a 4–1 Finnish Cup quarter-final victory over VPS on 18 March.[4]

International career[edit]

O'Shaughnessy represented Finland at all age-groups from U15 up to U21 level.[4] He won his maiden call into the senior side for a friendly versus Estonia on 9 June 2015, but remained an unused substitute during the 2–0 defeat.[24] 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.[25][26] He made his first start three days later versus Iceland and played the full 90 minutes of a 1–0 defeat.[27] 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.[28]

Personal life[edit]

O'Shaughnessy was born in Riihimäki, Finland, to an Irish father (from Galway) and a Finnish mother and holds dual Finnish-Irish citizenship.[2][7] O'Shaughnessy's older brother Patrick is also a professional footballer.[7]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Metz B

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 2 September 2018
Club statistics
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[4] Kakkonen 23 2 23 2
Metz B 2011–12[4] CFA Group B 3 0 3 0
2012–13[4] CFA Group A 20 0 20 0
2013–14[4] CFA 2 Group C 17 1 17 1
Total 40 1 40 1
Brentford 2014–15[29] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Braintree Town (loan) 2015–16[14] National League 1 0 1 0
Midtjylland (loan) 2015–16[14] Danish Superliga 1 0 0 0 1 0
Cheltenham Town 2016–17[18] League Two 27 3 2 0 2 0 5[a] 1 36 4
2017–18[30] 10 0 0 0 1 0 2[a] 0 13 0
Total 37 3 2 0 3 0 7 1 49 4
HJK 2018[4] Veikkausliiga 17 2 5 1 2[b] 0 24 3
Career total 119 8 7 1 3 0 2 0 7 1 138 10
  1. ^ a b Appearances in EFL Trophy.
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Whose Registrations have been Cancelled by Mutual Consent Between 01/01/2016 and 31/01/2016". p. 15. 
  2. ^ a b c d Barry (30 December 2013). "The Emerald Exiles HJK Helsinki". Theemeraldexiles.com. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Aidan Fitzmaurice – 22 January 2009 12:00 AM (22 January 2009). "Who's playing where?". Herald.ie. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Finland – D. O'Shaughnessy – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Klubi-04 vs. BK-46 – 19 October 2011 – Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "HJK-lupaus Liverpoolin testattavaksi | Yle Urheilu". yle.fi. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d Chapman, Mark. "Daniel O'Shaughnessy Signs For Brentford". Brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Match report as Brentford play CA Osasuna in pre-season friendly at Griffin Park". Brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Daniel O'Shaughnessy Player Profile – ESPN FC". www.espnfc.com. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Brett, Ciaran. "2014/15 Development Squad Stats". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Deacon, Chris. "2015/16 Development Squad Stats". Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ FC, Brentford. "Daniel O'Shaughnessy joins Braintree Town on loan". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c "Games played by Daniel O'Shaughnessy in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Daniel O'Shaughnessy joins FC Midtylland on loan". Retrieved 12 August 2018. 
  16. ^ "Daniel O'Shaughnessy signs for the Robins!". Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  17. ^ "In Focus: Cheltenham Town". Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  18. ^ a b "Games played by Daniel O'Shaughnessy in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  19. ^ "Dan O'Shaughnessy signs a new contract with the Robins". Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  20. ^ "Daniel O'Shaughnessy Player Profile – ESPN FC". www.espnfc.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  21. ^ "O'Shaughnessy leaves Robins to join Helsinki". Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  22. ^ "Daniel O'Shaughnessy | Football Stats | Cheltenham Town | Age 23 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  23. ^ "HJK ja Daniel O'Shaughnessy sopimukseen". www.hjk.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  24. ^ "Internationals (Sky Sports)". SkySports. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "Finland vs. Sweden – 10 January 2016 – Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  26. ^ "Daniel O'Shaughnessy makes his Finland international debut as they lose 3–0 to Sweden". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  27. ^ "Finland vs. Iceland – 13 January 2016 – Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  28. ^ "Huuhkajat kaatoi Jordanian Abu Dhabissa". www.palloliitto.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 24 January 2018. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Daniel O'Shaughnessy in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  30. ^ "Daniel O'Shaughnessy | Football Stats | Cheltenham Town | Season 2017/2018 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 

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