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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

Posted on by Matt Jones
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

Vital summer ahead for Everton if the club is to stave off long-term stagnation

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Everton have an exciting core, but it needs to be supplemented.

Roberto Martinez was keen to emphasize that there’s a bright future ahead on the pitch for Everton in a recent interview with some local supporter-run outlets. At the end of a season which saw the Toffees regress from daring and … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

Posted on by Matt Jones
Norwich City's Nathan Redmond v Ipswich

It’s all about survival in European soccer this weekend, with the key clashes in various divisions set to determine which teams will stay up. In England, the quest to preserve top-flight status will go down to the final day. Elsewhere, the … Continue reading

Pressure mounts on Newcastle’s John Carver after Derby sack Steve McClaren

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McClaren

Derby County are set to confirm the departure of Steve McClaren imminently, potentially clearing the path for the former England boss to join Newcastle United next season. As reported by John Percy of the Daily Telegraph, the Rams have dismissed the … Continue reading

20 years on from Everton’s last trophy win, what’s gone wrong for the Toffees?

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EFC

“It was 20 years ago today…” It’s a phrase that holds particular significance for the people of Liverpool, as the first line in the greatest album ever made: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. But this week it’s … Continue reading

Why Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football is the gold standard for soccer broadcasting

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MNF

It takes something pretty special for the average soccer supporter to look forward to Monday nights.  With post-weekend blues settling in and the majority of games completed, the working week stands between another chance to sample some domestic action at … Continue reading

A journey to West Ham’s Boleyn Ground: The Heart of English Football

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heart-of-english-football1

There are few grounds that compare to West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground in the Premier League. Tucked away amongst a crowded corner of suburban East London, the walk up to the stadium itself from Upton Park underground station bristles with … Continue reading

Do the Premier League’s top 4 spots look impenetrable for the foreseeable future?

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Chelsea Arsenal

An insightful piece from Sean Ingle in the the Guardian recently suggested that supporters of the Premier League actually prefer a season that goes as expected. The article refers to various studies carried out on what fans are after from their soccer … Continue reading

Premier League clubs chasing Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka

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Konoplyanka

A Champions League final appearance for Paul Pogba might be enough to keep him at Juventus beyond a summer during which European soccer’s juggernauts are likely to come calling. But for Yevhen Konoplyanka and his long association with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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vancouver-seattle

With the majority of title races wrapped up in European football’s most prestigious leagues, focus has shifted to other facets of various divisions as soccer fans go in search of some excitement late on in the campaign. One league that still … Continue reading

Primer on Bournemouth and Watford, teams promoted to Premier League

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Bournemouth

It’s always wonderful to see new names in the Premier League and next season we are poised to welcome two more. Bournemouth will be the latest side to join the top flight of English football, as they snatched the Championship title … Continue reading

The most important signing Everton manager Roberto Martinez needs to make this summer

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Martinez

Blunted, possession-based football is a problem that has hampered Everton throughout almost the entirety of the 2014/15 season. Any side in the division that doesn’t have the offensive incision required to control the game away from home has adopted a similar … Continue reading

Championship playoff preview and TV schedule: Norwich, Ipswich, Middlesbrough and Brentford

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Playoffs

It’s often said that if you’re going to get promoted from the Championship to the Premier League, going via the playoffs is the best way to do it. Of course, managers, players and supporters of those clubs in English football’s … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Antonio Barragan

The European leagues are beginning to draw to their various conclusions, with some divisions set for a processional finale while others continue to pulsate and encapsulate. While Spanish soccer may be subject to a suspension beginning next weekend, the race for … Continue reading

Manchester United must be patient with Memphis Depay’s precocious talent

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Depay

The tussle for Memphis Depay’s signature looked as though it was going to be one of the most complex transfer stories of the summer. But great credit must go to Manchester United, who, despite a wealth of classy competition, confirmed … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

Posted on by Matt Jones
Real Madrid

It’s getting to the stage of the season when any slip ups can have critical consequences for a team. With just a clutch of games to go, a win can make an enormous difference, but a poor performance or an … Continue reading

Dortmund beat Bayern Munich on penalties to advance to DFB Pokal Final [VIDEO]

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Borussia Dortmund

Jurgen Klopp’s final game as Borussia Dortmund manager will be the final of the German Cup, as his side secured a dramatic 2-0 penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich in the semi-final of the DFB-Pokal; the sides were tied at … Continue reading

Why the animosity between Everton and Wayne Rooney has abated over time

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Rooney

Just over ten years ago, Duncan Ferguson turned his finest performance of many in Everton colors. The rumbustious Scot rolled back the years on an atmospheric evening at Goodison Park, running amok amidst a terrified Manchester United defence and scoring … Continue reading