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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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Drogba

There have been a host of burgeoning sides in European soccer this season and a lot will face difficult litmus tests this weekend. In Spain, England and Italy, various emerging outfits have come to the fore in the second half of … Continue reading

Jurgen Klopp is the perfect candidate to push Manchester City towards a new era

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Klopp

There was an understandably uncomfortable angst in Jurgen Klopp’s voice as he announced that this season would be his last as Borussia Dortmund manager. After all, this is a man who had fashioned a sentimental affinity with all associated with BVB, … Continue reading

Conquering Atletico can be a catalyst to glory for Real Madrid

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Ronaldo Atleti

Despite a stunning 2014, there have been criticisms aplenty since the turn of the year coming the way of Real Madrid’s players. Selfish, meek and lazy are the sorts of terms used to describe Carlo Ancelotti’s men as of late, … Continue reading

Brendan Rodgers must add stronger foundations for this Liverpool team to grow

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Brendan Rodgers

The runs enjoyed by Liverpool under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers have been some of the most enthralling in the Premier League era. Last season’s 11-game winning sequence pushed the Reds to within touching distance of the Premier League title. … Continue reading

Bayer Leverkusen making big strides under Roger Schmidt’s leadership

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Leverkusen

It’s been a tough month for Bayer Leverkusen. In the German Cup, they held the German champions for 120 minutes, in the Champions League they held Spanish champions Atletico Madrid over two legs, but on both occasions, the Bundesliga outfit were … Continue reading

Louis van Gaal enjoying renaissance at Manchester United ahead of derby

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Van Gaal

After Manchester United sagged back into the pack last season following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, it was wholly apparent they were going to have many obstacles to conquer before surging back to the forefront of English football. Not … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Sergio Aguero

We’re edging ever closer to a thrilling climax in a host of European leagues, with titles, spots in Europe and survival all to play for in the remaining weeks on the calendar. The Premier League is set for a typically … Continue reading

Why Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez must win the PFA Player of the Year award

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Alexis

The factors behind who ends up with the PFA Player of the Year award have been varied down the years. Some winners have been obvious, others have triumphed in closer races, with various tangible and intangible factors considered in determining the … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Skrtel

It’s always wonderful when domestic soccer returns after the international break and the fixtures to sample this weekend have whetted the soccer appetite further as the end of season approaches in various division across Europe. Coming up, we’ve got a … Continue reading

Why Kevin de Bruyne should stay at Wolfsburg despite interest from bigger clubs

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De Bruyne

For most players in Kevin de Bruyne’s position, a move to a European juggernaut would be a natural step in his progression as a blossoming footballer. The Belgian international has been magnificent for Wolfsburg this season, racking up a frankly … Continue reading

Louis van Gaal bringing the best out of Marouane Fellaini

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Fellaini

His ragged mane, flailing arms and rangy somatotype make Marouane Fellaini one of the most outwardly complex-looking players around. But—those sharp elbows aside—there’s something fundamentally endearing about the manner in which the Manchester United midfielder plays the game. The Belgian … Continue reading

Brazil 1-0 Chile: Brazil improving under Dunga but still searching for their swagger

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Brazil Chile

As far as recoveries go, on the back of a humiliation at your home World Cup, Brazil’s has been rather emphatic. After re-appointing iconic World Cup-winning skipper Dunga as boss—not a popular choice for all, it must said—they’ve won eight games … Continue reading

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Exclusive interview with Guillem Balague about el Clasico

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guillem-balague

With today’s momentous el Clasico looming, I had the distinct pleasure of discussing the game with esteemed pundit and writer Guillem Balague. Guillem has penned some superb books on some iconic figures in the Spanish game and opened up about how … Continue reading

Iconic el Clasico Moments: Fans throw pig’s head at Luis Figo in Camp Nou [VIDEO]

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luis-figo

Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid, November 23, 2002 For a supporter, there aren’t many greater acts of treachery a player can commit than leaving for a massive rival. But there are few more high profile than when Luis Figo swapped the iconic … Continue reading

Iconic el Clasico Moments: Barcelona humiliate Real Madrid to set up 2009 treble glory [VIDEO]

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Barcelona

Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona, May 2, 2009 Throughout the storied history of Clasico matches, the number five is symbolic. There’s a host of occasions when one of the sides has scored an quintuple of goals—a manita—in a show of resounding … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Barca

There are some soccer rivalries that go beyond what occurs on the field. The needle between some of the game’s most illustrious names spans across various cultural and historical demographics, with deep-rooted factors contributing to the angst between those out … Continue reading

Iconic el Clasico moments: Di Stefano shows Barcelona what they missed out on [VIDEO]

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Di Stefano

Real Madrid 5-0 Barcelona, 5 October 1953 The transfer wrangle between Barcelona and Real Madrid for the signature of Alfredo di Stefano was one of the most complex in the history of the game. Indeed, both of the illustrious Spanish … Continue reading

Iconic el Clasico moments: Ronaldinho bewitches the Santiago Bernabeu [VIDEO]

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Barcelona's Ronaldinho celebrates goal against Real Madrid during Spanish first division soccer match in Madrid

Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona, Nov. 19 2005 We’ve all seen how tough it can be to appease the crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Real Madrid supporters have immaculately high standards for their own players and should they fall short … Continue reading