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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

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

The history of the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy

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Champions-League-trophy

If Barcelona have enough to edge past Juventus in Berlin on Saturday evening, it’ll be the fifth time this storied club has won European soccer’s most coveted prize. In seasons gone by they would have been able to keep this … Continue reading

Luis Suarez is the key to Barcelona victory in Champions League final

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Barcelona's Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal against Real Madrid during their Spanish first division "Clasico" soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

For the reams of positive words that have been penned about Barcelona in the build-up to Saturday’s Champions League final, Luis Enrique’s team aren’t totally immaculate. They’ve actually slipped up in recent weeks. After going 2-1 ahead against Bayern Munich … Continue reading

Juventus are the best equipped team in Europe to halt Barcelona’s attacking quality

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Real Madrid CF v Juventus  - UEFA Champions League Semi Final

There’s an opinion building that Juventus, pursuing the third European Cup win in their history, are destiny’s team this season. The Italian champions’ run to the Berlin final has rightly been lauded and there’s no denying that along the way … Continue reading

If not Qatar then where? Where should the 2022 World Cup go?

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FIFAQatar

When Loretta Lynch and Richard Weber addressed the watching world following the launch of the federal investigations into FIFA corruption, they were clear to emphasize that this process would be a long one. But in the wake of Sepp Blatter’s … Continue reading

Rejuvenated Mesut Ozil will be key to Arsenal’s title challenge in 2015/16

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Ozil

Some players need to be watched in detail to get an appropriate grasp of their impact. It’s not easy to do either; matches are typically taken in tackle-by-tackle, pass-by-pass, shot-by-shot, but if you consciously detach yourself from that pattern, sometimes other … Continue reading

Copa del Rey Final Preview: Odds stacked in Barcelona’s favor against Athletic Club

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copa-del-rey-final

Athletic Club have always held a reputation for being the romanticists’ team in Spanish soccer. The Basque club are an illustrious, decorated outfit, with a rich history and a unique cantera selection policy. But the disparity between their eight league … Continue reading

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa FA Cup Final Preview: Last chance of glory to rescue disappointing season

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Ars Villa

The song Abide With Me, the Wembley arch, a military guard for the trophy, the royal box; there’s an enamoring tradition and pageantry that accompanies the FA Cup final (live on FOX at Noon ET on Saturday for viewers in … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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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

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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