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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

Chile vs. Peru: Copa America semi-final preview and TV times

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Chile

When Jorge Sampaoli took over the Chilean team back in 2013, La Roja were everyone’s favorite international team. The South Americans played with ambition, tenacity and variety, bringing things to the soccer scene that were refreshing and vibrant. But they … Continue reading

Brazil vs. Paraguay: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

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Brazil

Four years on from their elimination at the hands of Paraguay in the 2011 Copa America, Brazil have the opportunity to exact some revenge. But there are some stark similarities between each team in 2015 as they bid to book … Continue reading

Argentina vs. Colombia: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

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Messi

Talk about a star-studded quarter-final! Argentina, in possession of some of the world’s finest attacking players and arguably the greatest natural talent of all time, going up against Colombia, a team who thrilled us all with some dynamic displays at … Continue reading

Peru vs. Bolivia: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

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Bolivia 2

For all the glamor that accompanies the Copa America, one of the most enjoyable facets of the tournament’s crazy set up is how it enhances the possibility for less illustrious sides to put together a prosperous run. This quarter-final clash … Continue reading

Everton sign Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona for £4.25 million

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Gerard Deulofeu of Everton celebrates his goal, 1-1

Gerard Deulofeu possesses many rare skills. The young winger can render opposition players ornamental with his array of attributes: quick feet, searing pace and a brash soccer arrogance that so often accompanies those that have had their game refined at Barcelona’s … Continue reading

Chile vs. Uruguay: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

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Uruguay Chile

There may well be a backdrop of festering smog in Santiago for the first Copa America quarter-final on Wednesday, but there’s little gloomy about the mood of the Chilean public as their team gear up for the last eight showdown … Continue reading

Top 5 players at Copa America 2015 so far

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Alexis

Up to this point, the Copa America has delivered on its reputation for chaotic soccer. Already we’ve seen shocks, last-gasp winners, brawls, stunning displays of fandom and one of the competition’s star attractions banned for the duration of the Copa. … Continue reading

4 players to watch at Copa America that would be an ideal fit for Premier League

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Firmino

Major tournaments can often be a treasure trove of unheralded or undiscovered talents; managers from some of the game’s most illustrious club sides will have a keen eye on the Copa America this summer with that in mind. Running a … Continue reading

Everton must do their utmost to keep James McCarthy at the club this summer

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McCarthy

Usually, defensive midfielders are some of the easiest players to replace in soccer.  While the role has become increasingly defined in recent years, if a man deployed to bring energy in the middle of the pitch is struck down with injury, loses … Continue reading

Copa America 2015 preview: Key players, squads and TV schedules

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copa-america

The Copa America’s propensity for springing surprises was thrillingly prevalent in 2011 when Uruguay beat Paraguay in the final. Four years on, soccer supporters from across the globe will be hoping for comparable drama as the 2015 edition of competition … Continue reading

The history of the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy

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Champions-League-trophy

If Barcelona have enough to edge past Juventus in Berlin on Saturday evening, it’ll be the fifth time this storied club has won European soccer’s most coveted prize. In seasons gone by they would have been able to keep this … Continue reading

Luis Suarez is the key to Barcelona victory in Champions League final

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Barcelona's Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal against Real Madrid during their Spanish first division "Clasico" soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

For the reams of positive words that have been penned about Barcelona in the build-up to Saturday’s Champions League final, Luis Enrique’s team aren’t totally immaculate. They’ve actually slipped up in recent weeks. After going 2-1 ahead against Bayern Munich … Continue reading

Juventus are the best equipped team in Europe to halt Barcelona’s attacking quality

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Real Madrid CF v Juventus  - UEFA Champions League Semi Final

There’s an opinion building that Juventus, pursuing the third European Cup win in their history, are destiny’s team this season. The Italian champions’ run to the Berlin final has rightly been lauded and there’s no denying that along the way … Continue reading

If not Qatar then where? Where should the 2022 World Cup go?

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FIFAQatar

When Loretta Lynch and Richard Weber addressed the watching world following the launch of the federal investigations into FIFA corruption, they were clear to emphasize that this process would be a long one. But in the wake of Sepp Blatter’s … Continue reading

Rejuvenated Mesut Ozil will be key to Arsenal’s title challenge in 2015/16

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Ozil

Some players need to be watched in detail to get an appropriate grasp of their impact. It’s not easy to do either; matches are typically taken in tackle-by-tackle, pass-by-pass, shot-by-shot, but if you consciously detach yourself from that pattern, sometimes other … Continue reading

Copa del Rey Final Preview: Odds stacked in Barcelona’s favor against Athletic Club

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copa-del-rey-final

Athletic Club have always held a reputation for being the romanticists’ team in Spanish soccer. The Basque club are an illustrious, decorated outfit, with a rich history and a unique cantera selection policy. But the disparity between their eight league … Continue reading

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa FA Cup Final Preview: Last chance of glory to rescue disappointing season

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Ars Villa

The song Abide With Me, the Wembley arch, a military guard for the trophy, the royal box; there’s an enamoring tradition and pageantry that accompanies the FA Cup final (live on FOX at Noon ET on Saturday for viewers in … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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FA Cup

It’s the final weekend of domestic action in Europe, but with crucial league matches and major cup finals to sample, it’s probably the most intriguing round of matches we’ve had this season. Saturday will see the final of three major … Continue reading