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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

Vincent Kompany’s poor form a product of Manchester City’s overall malaise

Posted on by Matt Jones
Kompany

The display turned in by Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany against Manchester United during a 4-1 win last season at the Etihad Stadium is not one you forget in a hurry. At the heart of Manuel Pellegrini’s back-four, the Belgian was … Continue reading

Europa League Round of 16: Draw, preview and predictions

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europa-league-round-of-16-draw

The UEFA Europa League is a competition that gets a lot of stick, but the last-32 of the tournament did plenty to endear itself to the watching soccer stratosphere. And the draw for the last-16 of the tournament has stirred anticipation … Continue reading

Why the Premier League needs to fix deteriorating atmospheres in English stadiums

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Empty

One thing that stood out when tuning into the UEFA Champions League matches over the last couple of weeks was the thunderous atmosphere conjured by a plethora of sides involved. Teams like Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus, Schalke, Paris Saint-Germain and Shakhtar … Continue reading

Romelu Lukaku’s goalscoring record makes criticism of the forward extremely harsh

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romelu-lukaku-100-goals

When it comes to Romelu Lukaku, the narrative amongst many supporters and pundits reads that he isn’t having a good time of things at Everton since his £28 million move from Chelsea last summer. On the back of a disappointing World … Continue reading

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s potential is in danger of fizzling out at Arsenal

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Chamberlain

In amongst the carnage of Arsenal’s loss to Monaco in the UEFA Champions League, one curious facet of their display was the cameo appearance of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England midfielder was brought on in place of Francis Coquelin at the … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Bonucci

The destination of the first piece of domestic silverware in English soccer will be decided this weekend with the League Cup final set to be played at Wembley on Sunday. That clash between two local rivals is just one of a … Continue reading

Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini made familiar errors in naive display against Barcelona

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Suarez

Manchester City looked as though they’d turned a corner in the Stadio Olimpico during their 2-0 win against AS Roma. Manuel Pellegrini and his team were happy to relinquish some initiative against a fine Giallorossi side, remained compact and when … Continue reading

Juventus looking to banish memories of 1997 match with Borussia Dortmund

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BVB

When the draw for the UEFA Champions League last-16 was made, the tie between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund is one that immediately stood out for a plethora of reasons. Not only is this a game that harbors some historical significance—these … Continue reading

Roberto Martinez is setting dangerous precedent by persisting with Tim Howard

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Howard

There seems to be something quite taboo when it comes to dropping high-profile players in the current age. The power players have in the game means the slightest discrepancy or disagreement can prompt some unrest, a few public quotes and … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Spurs

The Premier League takes center stage once again this weekend and there are three standout matches to sample. While the race for the title in England’s top flight is becoming increasingly one-sided, there’s still an outside chance of a fightback. … Continue reading

Europa League Round of 32: Preview and TV schedule

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Sevilla

A quick look at the teams involved in the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League this season and you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a Champions League draw. While the top tier of European soccer will rightly hog the … Continue reading

Wayne Rooney proves that simulation is more entrenched than ever in English soccer

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Rooney

England manager Roy Hodgson had a chance to make a stance of sorts on diving during his television appearance for the BBC during Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Preston North End in the FA Cup last night. Granted, not an … Continue reading

Understated Olivier Giroud giving Arsenal a vital edge to their attacking play

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Olivier Giroud

At first glance, Olivier Giroud’s stylistic make-up means he probably shouldn’t be flourishing in this Arsenal team. The Gunners’ clutch of elusive, incisive attacking midfield players would typically be suited to a sharp, nippy centre-forward; a player who can loiter … Continue reading

Win up to $20,000 in the Draft11.com Champions League fantasy game

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draft11-website

After a break of 69 days, the UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday, February 17 with the prospect of several exciting number of Round of 16 1st leg games to be played through February 25. Take your pick from Chelsea … Continue reading

Champions League preview, predicted lineups, TV schedule and predictions

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Real

The knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League typically churns out some of the most dramatic soccer matches of the entire campaign and we don’t have to wait long until the last-16 gets underway. This season’s competition is packed with … Continue reading

Parma’s road to ruin and how the once proud Italian club were sold for $1

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Parma

During some of my very early interactions with Italian soccer during the late 1990s and early 2000s, it quickly became clear that Parma was a team well worth watching. With players like Lilian Thuram, Gianluigi Buffon, Hernan Crespo and Juan Sebastian … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Jedinak

The previous round of the FA Cup was fantastic to watch, and supporters across the globe will be on alert again for upsets when the competition gets back underway again this weekend. There are two intriguing ties to savor from … Continue reading

Atletico Madrid’s emerging dominance is turning them into everyone’s second favorite team

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Atl

There was an unmistakeable arrogance about Atletico Madrid as they took apart city rivals Real Madrid 4-0 at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.  It wasn’t the kind of flash haughtiness that’s  associated with Los Blancos either. Instead, Diego Simeone’s side … Continue reading