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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

Watch Bert Trautmann’s heroic goalkeeping to help Manchester City win the 1956 FA Cup [VIDEO]

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Trautmann

When supporters lambast the unrelentingly tiresome antics of modern day footballers, Manchester City’s legendary goalkeeper Bert Trautmann is held up as a pillar of spirit and resilience. During the 1956 FA Cup final City and Birmingham City, Trautmann was involved … Continue reading

Who will be the first £100 million footballer?

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Bale Ronaldo

Deloitte’s annual investigation into the world’s wealthiest soccer teams revealed those lucky enough to be at the pinnacle of the game are making more money than ever. Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all secured revenues … Continue reading

Watch one of the greatest FA Cup giant-killings of all time; Wrexham vs Arsenal [VIDEO]

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Wrexham

Those teams looking to spring more surprises in this weekend’s FA Cup matches will draw on the array of upsets that this tournament has long been revered for. But amongst all of the shocks that have occurred down the years, there … Continue reading

Watch highlights of the game where Wolves were proclaimed ‘Champions of the World’ [VIDEO]

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Wolves

As difficult as it may seem with Hungary currently on the periphery of European soccer’s elite, during the 1950s the country produced one of the finest teams in the rich annals of football history, “The Golden Team.” In 1954, the leading … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Herrera

The FA Cup fourth round will see the Premier League temporarily put on hold, but there are some tantalizing ties to savor from this weekend’s games. Two of our selections come from the world’s oldest soccer competition; in addition we’ve … Continue reading

Toxic Toffees Sleepwalking Towards a Relegation Fight

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Baines Mirallas

On Monday night, the Goodison Park crowd roared as a couple of excitable figures on the field put in an effervescent effort. It was a noise befitting of the old stadium’s revered atmosphere and arguably the loudest din to emit … Continue reading

Wenger Has Stumbled Across A System That Can Abate Arsenal’s Big Away Day Blues

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Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger talks to Alexis Sánchez

For all the discussion that’s raged in perpetuity when it comes to Arsene Wenger, there’s little denying that in the most recent years of his distinguished tenure, the Arsenal boss has point-blank refused to learn from his mistakes. The club … Continue reading

Africa Cup of Nations Preview, TV Schedule and Predictions

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Morocco won't hold Africa Cup

Amidst a build-up of confusion and controversy, the 2015 African Cup of Nations is set to begin in earnest this weekend in Equatorial Guinea. The revised host nation stepped in in November to take over the mantle from Morocco after … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Sanchez City

The league leaders from France feature in the best five of the weekend for the very first time this season. And while they may be playing a team struggling for form, such is the quality possessed by this vibrant young … Continue reading

Dusan Tadic Embodies Southampton’s Class in Premier League

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Tadic

While Southampton’s astonishing rise this season can be attributed to a plethora of different qualities—defensive fortitude, astute management and astounding togetherness, to name but a few—there are few players in the current squad that embody the positive strides made by … Continue reading

Everton Faces an Ideal Opportunity to Accrue Some Vital Impetus in Clash Against City

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Everton

That’s right, for Everton—who have lost four consecutive Premier League games—a match against Manchester City—the in-form, reigning champions—is the ideal game to breath some life back into their stuttering campaign. Still with me? As is obvious already, the aforementioned premise … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Atleti

Barcelona’s final day La Liga decider with Atletico Madrid was one of the highlights of 2014 and the two sides will meet again this weekend for the first time since that encapsulating afternoon. In addition to that enticing clash, we’ve … Continue reading

Romelu Lukaku’s Rescue Act The First Step On Everton’s Long Road To Recovery

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Everton v West Ham United, Britain - 6 Jan 2015

Gripped by the elation of a late Romelu Lukaku goal, the humdrum of Everton supporters slinking out of Goodison Park at the end of their third round FA Cup tie heralded a significant moment. It’d be naive to brand it as … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Week

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Gerrard

New year, new you, but still loads and loads of great soccer. The dawn of a new year brings one of the most exciting weekends of the English football season—even if it is spread over five days this time round—as … Continue reading

Collective Effort Needed to Awaken Everton from Their Midseason Slumber

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Martinez

Evertonians sampled defeat for the second successive Boxing Day on home soil, but unlike a year ago, there were major concerns emitting from those supporters in attendance and in the following hours on social media. Last season, Everton—reduced to 10 … Continue reading

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