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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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Skrtel

We’re on the cusp of the Christmas period, and although that might mean different things for clubs scattered across the globe, the need for points is no less vital. It’s conceivable that there’s no worse feeling than going into a … Continue reading

Wilfried Bony Cementing Himself as One of Premier League’s Top Strikers

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Bony

Attacking players can hurt defenses in a myriad of different ways. Some go about their job with a brute physicality, never letting a defender settle, imposing themselves aerially and generally being a nuisance. Others are a little more subtle, dropping … Continue reading

Frank Lampard Can Still Play a Vital Role for Manchester City

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frank-lampard

As the twilight of players’ careers typically approach, pace, intensity and fitness typically dwindle. But for those few who have made a career out of sticking the ball in the back of the net, that desirable attribute of being in … Continue reading

2014 FIFA Club World Cup Preview and Where to Find Games on US TV

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Club World Cup

Being crowned as the champions of world club soccer doesn’t command the reverence you might expect. The FIFA World Club Cup often disrupts the domestic campaigns of a host of teams involved and subsequently, it’s seen by many supporters as … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Gerrard

Momentum is a word that’s thrown around regularly in soccer, and it’s a valuable, intangible commodity for managers. Especially at this time of year with the fixtures coming up thick and fast ahead of a frenetic festive period. The best … Continue reading

Brendan Rodgers Gets It Badly Wrong, As Liverpool Blow Champions League Chance

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Liverpool FC v FC Basel 1893 - UEFA Champions League

Not even a stirring Anfield evening could save them from elimination. Nor could a patented moment of magic from Steven Gerrard at the Kop end on a brisk European night. Not this season, not this Liverpool team. The Reds crashed … Continue reading

Everton USA Launches Website And Official Affiliation With Club

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EFC USA

Everton have announced a new partnership with Global Football America, the company that runs the Toffees’ official supporters’ club—Everton USA—in the United States. The agreement, which is the first of it’s kind in European football, will see the Toffees provide … Continue reading

UEFA Double Down On Promotion/Relegation: Pros and Cons of the Nations League

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UEFA

Plans were rolled out this week for the UEFA Nations League — a new international league structure featuring promotion and relegation for European nations, and while it may sound like a political conglomerate, it’s going to be a very real … Continue reading

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Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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2010 MLS Cup - FC Dallas v Colorado Rapids

It’s almost that time of year again. When the games come thick and fast, when every night of the week yields an intriguing clash to sample. But for some leagues the action is fast approaching an intriguing climax. The MLS … Continue reading

Why It’s Time For Everton To Replace Tim Howard According to an Evertonian

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Howard

Tim Howard was thrust into stratospheric standing amongst Americans with his heroic performances at the World Cup. Lauded by all, branded as the “Secretary of Defense,” indulging in nonchalant phone calls with the President and co-commentating Premier League games for NBCSN; … Continue reading

5 of the Worst Owners and Chairmen In English Football History

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Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Liverpool v Sunderland - Anfield

Every now and then we all get a little bit frustrated with the higher-ups at of our respective clubs. We all want to see a little more money invested, a few more players drafted in and a dose of extra … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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LA

Sundays are typically the best day of the week for soccer supporters. You can lay on the couch sampling a string of engrossing games with thoughts of the Monday morning alarm locked away at the back of your mind. And … Continue reading

5 Recommended Blogs For Soccer Fans

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soccer-blogs

We all love perusing the excellent content here on World Soccer Talk—why else would you be here!?—but there are plenty of other wonderful blogs that provide excellent content when it comes to the coverage of the beautiful game. So while … Continue reading

Poor Form of Premier League’s Top Clubs Making For The Most Competitive Season In Years

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lvg-wenger-pochettino-rodgers

If you were to ponder the current emotions of supporters from all 20 Premier League teams, only a small proportion would be completely content with the start their side has made to this engrossing season. Chelsea and Southampton have began the … Continue reading

Playacting In Soccer Will Continue As Long As Authorities Fail to Stamp It Out

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Gaston

There have been a plethora of occurrences in recent weeks when players have reacted in bad to minor provocation. Christian Benteke and Gaston Ramirez were both sent off in games against Tottenham Hotspur for needless, erratic lapses in concentration. Both … Continue reading

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Timeless Samuel Eto’o Already Proving His Immense Worth To Everton 

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Burnley v Everton Premier League

Signing players in the twilight of their career who have sampled illustrious glories always comes with a measure of risk. Having achieved all of their major ambitions, does the desire still linger? Do they still have the class to cut … Continue reading

James Milner Is The Ideal Man To Add Steel To Manchester City’s Central Midfield

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Milner

As players fully establish themselves, they’re typically filed under a certain criteria. At extreme ends of this spectrum you’ve got the superstars—Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and the likes—and you’ve got the parody figures, like Nicklas Bendtner, Kolo Toure, and Marouane … Continue reading

Liverpool Mustn’t Panic When It Comes To Divock Origi

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Origi

Soccer has become a game that’s very much needs must if you’re looking to compete at the sharp end of the spectrum. So at this relatively early stage of the season, if it becomes apparent that a top side needs … Continue reading