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Author Archives: Matt Jones

About Matt Jones

Matt has been writing for World Soccer Talk for more than two years, contributing pieces about myriad topics and regularly lending his voice to the podcast. Matt has covered games live for the website from a host of venues, including Wembley, London and the ANZ Stadium, Sydney. He is a regular at Goodison Park where he watches his beloved Everton, but harbours an unyielding interest in all aspects of European soccer. You can get in touch with Matt via e-mail at mattjones@worldsoccertalk.com or on Twitter @MattJFootball

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester City v Manchester United - Etihad Stadium

The influx of investment into Manchester City has seen the Manchester derby become one of the biggest games on the continent, and ahead of this weekend’s clash between the age old rivals, there is plenty to get excited about. Aside … Continue reading

Eden Hazard Is Cementing His Status Amongst The Game’s Elite, But He Can Still Get Better

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Hazard

While Old Trafford may not emanate the same aura of intimidation these days, going up against Manchester United in their own back yard is a always difficult challenge. That’s a narrative that even applies to league leaders Chelsea, who will … Continue reading

Luis Suarez Is A Ferocious Soccer Enigma, And Must Start For Barcelona In el Clasico

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Luis-Suarez

There are some players and some games that are no stranger to intense speculation and raucous hyperbole. Players like Luis Suarez, who is line to make his first ever appearance for the Blaugrana this weekend. And games like Barcelona versus … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Classico

The match between Spain’s two most illustrious outfits is one of the most hotly anticipated spectacles on the footballing calendar, and all eyes will be on the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend for that one. Elsewhere, we’ve got the top two … Continue reading

Mario Balotelli Is A Concern, But There Are Much Bigger Problems At Liverpool

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mario-balotelli-apologise-sm

“APOLOGISE” read the headline on the back page of the Liverpool Echo, as the newspaper demanded that Mario Balotelli says sorry to the Liverpool supporters after swapping shirts with Pepe at half time against Real Madrid. It’s a sensationalist claim, … Continue reading

Dixie Dean’s Record Still Stands Even After Cristiano Ronaldo’s Remarkable Goalscoring Achievements

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Dixie Dean

Cristiano Ronaldo will rock up on Merseyside this week boasting a phenomenal strike rate for the 2013/14 season. The Portuguese sensation has 17 goals in nine appearances in domestic and European competition at the time of writing, and such is … Continue reading

Time For Juventus To Make Their Mark In Europe Once Again

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juventus

The early concerns that accompanied Juventus’ start to the campaign were understandable following the departure of Antonio Conte.  Under the former boss, the Bianconeri had evolved into the most dominant side in Serie A, reflected emphatically by a trio of … Continue reading

Alan Irvine Finally Showing His Managerial Mettle At West Brom

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Irvine

Despite only being appointed in the summer of 2014, Alan Irvine’s tenure at West Bromwich Albion was never expected to be one of longevity. The Baggies supporters greeted the his acquisition with a collective shrug of the shoulders; after all, … Continue reading

Everton’s Key Men Must Rediscover Form Amid Current Injury Crisis

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Howard Rom

As domestic and European football rolls back around, the upcoming block of fixtures is important for all those concerned with Everton Football Club. For the team it’s critical that results take a turn for the better after a difficult start and … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Dzeko

The international break yielded a much more tolerable set of fixtures than we’re used to, but there’s nothing quite like domestic competition to get the soccer senses stimulated. And this weekend we’ve got a host of different clashes to savor … Continue reading

Interview With Everton USA Supporters Group

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SoCalTHADMasks

Everton struck gold at the World Cup this summer. With the United States encapsulated by the performances of their national team in Brazil, the country tuned in for the second round clash with Belgium. It was in this game that Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard … Continue reading

Breaking Down Everton’s Turbulent Start To The Season

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Manchester United v Everton - Premier League

Typically, the international break is an unwanted blemish on the football calendar. But for Evertonians, this two-week hiatus will come as welcome solace. It’s not been a brilliant start for Roberto Martinez and his side to say the least. The … Continue reading

Premier League’s Game Abroad Proposal Will Be Met By A Fierce Backlash From Supporters

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FSF

After pleading with your boss to let you out a few minutes early, you just about make the train in time. Still uncomfortable in work attire on a jam-packed carriage, you occasionally wonder why you bother. Why not just go … Continue reading

John Stones Shining In Spite Of Everton’s Defensive Deficiencies

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liverpool-v-everton-570x400

It’s especially pleasing to see a young player given their chance in a team and grasping it with aplomb. There’s something innately refreshing about witnessing a fresh face make their mark and typically, when a youngster yields a positive contribution, the watching crowd stir and … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Fabregas

With the international break looming large, we implore you to immerse yourself in a fine set of domestic action weekend. And as luck would have it, there’s a quintet of wonderful fixtures to take in over the course of the next couple … Continue reading

Examining Why So Many Premier League Teams Are Defensively Poor in Europe

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Vidic Ferdinand

Although Chelsea sampled Champions League glory in 2012, it’s been a few years since English sides made a prolonged impression at the very pinnacle of European football. Between the years of 2005 and 2012, of the 16 European Cup Final spots available, English teams … Continue reading

Why It’s Critical That Everton Shed Their Anfield Complex

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Kev Campbell

It’s the Merseyside Derby at Anfield, March 26 2006. The infancy of the match is being played at a typically ferocious pace and as is commonplace for this volatile fixture, Phil Dowd has already dished out some yellow cards to the men donned in red … Continue reading

Everton’s Start To The Season Has Been Naive, Inept And Utterly Inexcusable

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Everton Palace

During his time as Swansea City manager in the second and third tiers of English football, Roberto Martinez will have witnessed myriad examples of poor defending. But you can bet that in all the matches he’s stood on the sidelines for at the Liberty … Continue reading