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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

Non-League Day: The Best Remedy For International Break Blues

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If you’re a regular Premier League match-goer who’ll be without your weekly fix of live football this weekend, I come bearing some exciting news. You don’t have to mull around in a sulk all weekend, you don’t have to briefly … Continue reading

England Need A Reality Check, Or Another Crop Of Talented Youngsters Will Be Wasted

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Hodgson

It feels a little uneasy when it comes to criticising somebody like Roy Hodgson. The England boss is an amicable, articulate and courteous man after all, one of few true gentlemen that remain in the game. It’s little surprise that in various managerial … Continue reading

England 1-0 Norway: Three Lions Player Ratings

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Wembley

England’s self proclaimed new era got off to a stuttering start, as the Three Lions put in an unconvincing performance against Norway at Wembley.  Wayne Rooney spared Roy Hodgson’s blushes with a second half penalty, and the hosts eventually ran out … Continue reading

Interview With Guillem Balague: Talks Di Maria, La Liga, Premier League and Music

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The go-to man on all things Spanish football has long been Guillem Balague and he took time out from his busy schedule to have a chat with World Soccer Talk. The journalist, author and pundit provided us with some typically … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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LFCTHFC

When we have an honorable mentions section on this feature, its always a firm indicator that the weekend is going to be a bit of a special one. And a week ahead of the dreaded international break (I know, I … Continue reading

Wayne Rooney: The Right Choice Or The Only Choice As England Captain?

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Rooney Uruguay

When Wayne Rooney burst onto the international scene as a teenage sensation, there was a sense that this day—a day on which he was named England captain—would always come. The young Evertonian’s irrepressible ability pointed towards a lengthy and prosperous … Continue reading

How Angel Di Maria Can Avoid Being The Latest British Transfer Record To Flop

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Real Madrid v Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

Complete the sequence: Angel di Maria, Fernando Torres, Andy Carroll, Robinho, Andrei Shevchenko, “X”. For those who don’t instantly recognise what connects the aforementioned soccer players — make a note of the eventual answer, because it’s a nailed on pub … Continue reading

Why Samuel Eto’o is a Shrewd Acquisition For Everton

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Eto'o

Everton’s search for forward reinforcements seems to be over after the club confirmed the signing of 33-year-old Samuel Eto’o today. The former Barcelona, Internazionale and Chelsea forward joins up with Roberto Martinez’s side on a two-year deal, and the three-time … Continue reading

Daniel Sturridge Primed To Be The Leader Of Liverpool’s Attacking Pack

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Sturridge

When Daniel Sturridge left Manchester City for Chelsea back in 2009, the overwhelming consensus was that he would go on to become a wonderful center forward. After all, here was a young man who had it all: pace, power, technical … Continue reading

Everton’s Surrender Highlights Need For Transfer Reinforcements At Goodison

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EFCARS

Having been the dominant force in both of their opening Premier League games, Everton should have six points from six at this early stage of the season. For overwhelming periods of their matches against Leicester City and Arsenal, Roberto Martinez’s … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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MCFCLFC

Back in the routine yet? You probably will be after this weekend! Competitive soccer is back on the menu all over Europe, and after the Premier League curtain raisers were played out last weekend, a host of leagues across the … Continue reading

Everton 2014/15 Season Preview: Toffees Ready for Most Anticipated Season In Years

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ROM ROB

Typically, pre-season follows one of two age-old narratives. If results are going well, then managers will point to some crucial momentum gathered ahead of the new campaign. But if the wins aren’t coming in the run up to the big … Continue reading

Juventus Fever Grips Sydney, But A-League All Stars Push Bianconeri Close

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Del Piero

Sport is part of the fabric of Sydney, Australia, something that’s perhaps best illustrated by the multi-purpose ANZ Stadium—where five different sports are played—that was bristling with excitement as Juventus tackled the A-League All Stars this weekend. Indeed, even in … Continue reading

Romelu Lukaku Signing is a Measure Of Everton’s Progress Under Roberto Martinez

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Following a summer of seismic change at Everton in 2013, the club’s long-term ambitions were unclear. Reeling after former manager David Moyes and former star player Marouane Fellaini traded Merseyside for Manchester, plenty anticipated a Toffees demise. But just over 13 months into … Continue reading

Ross Barkley Contract Extension Latest Indication Of Renewed Everton Ambition

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Barkley

You’d be forgiven for not noticing, but during the World Cup’s opening game, Everton revealed that their manager Roberto Martinez had signed a new deal after a wonderful debut campaign at the club. Later in the summer, the club’s announcement … Continue reading

Arsenal’s Connection With Soccer Fans in the United States; An Interview With Arsenal America

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There’s no getting around it, Arsenal are one of the most popular sports teams on the planet. Not only does Arsene Wenger’s side fill the Emirates Stadium with 60,000 spectators every other week, but the North London outfit boasts 26.6 … Continue reading

Erik Lamela Can Emerge As A Vital Figure For Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham

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Lamela

Erik Lamela made me look a bit silly last season. When Tottenham secured his signature from AS Roma in a club record £30 million deal, I considered it to be a very astute piece of business. There was little doubt in my mind that this … Continue reading

Experiencing A Pre-Season Friendly in England: The Heart Of English Football

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Going to your team’s first pre-season friendly game is a bit like meeting up with a good mate you’ve not seen for months. You’ll be a bit out of sync at first. You make small talk about how your summer has been, have a bit … Continue reading