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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

Rating all of the Premier League’s summer signings so far this transfer window

Posted on by Matt Jones
Transfer-Window

With pre-season friendly matches getting into swing, the transfer window has settled down over the past seven days. But there has still been some astute business conducted by Premier League teams. In the top 20 of our complete rankings this … Continue reading

Arturo Vidal can inspire Bayern Munich to Champions League glory

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arturo-vidal

Genuine all-rounders are rare in soccer. Second strikers, No. 10s, inverted wingers and holding midfielders; trequartistas, registas and liberos; positions are specific and players are bracketed by increasingly defined criteria. But some bespoke players do possess those multifaceted traits, like … Continue reading

David Ospina would be an astute signing at Everton to replace Tim Howard

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Ospina

Goalkeepers have been a hot topic this summer. Iker Casillas being bombed out of Real Madrid, Manchester United’s David De Gea potentially replacing him, Arsenal finally signing a top-class No. 1 in Petr Cech; there’s been a fair share of … Continue reading

Rating all of the Premier League’s summer signings so far this transfer window

Posted on by Matt Jones
Transfer Window

The transfer window burst into life this week, with some of the most significant deals in Premier League history being struck, stirring excitement levels amongst supporters ahead of the big kick off. In case you missed it last time out, … Continue reading

Rating all of the Premier League’s summer signings so far this transfer window

Posted on by Matt Jones
transfer-window

The transfer window has only just opened and already there has been a flurry of business conducted by Premier League teams. Here at World Soccer Talk we’ll be keeping you in the loop when it comes to the major deals, … Continue reading

Chile vs Argentina: Copa America final preview and TV times

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argentina-chile

The supporters of the Chile and Argentina have been waiting a long time for some major silverware. Chile, who have been wonderful hosts of the 2015 Copa America, have never lifted an illustrious trophy throughout the soccer team’s existence. While … Continue reading

Radamel Falcao worth the risk for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea

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radamel-falcao

Jose Mourinho clearly still sees something bright burning in Radamel Falcao. Not many positive points will have been accrued since the Colombian left Atletico Madrid for Monaco in the summer of 2013.  Even fewer in the subsequent season, when El … Continue reading

Argentina vs. Paraguay: Copa America semi-final preview and TV times

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Arg

When Argentina and Paraguay met earlier on in this tournament, we were treated to arguably the very best match of the Copa America so far. The Albiceleste stormed into a two-goal lead at half time, but as they’ve showcased throughout … Continue reading

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