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About Matt Jones

Matt Jones is an Everton supporter living in Merseyside, England. He has a enormous passion for the Toffees and travels far and wide to watch them in action. Not to mention an significant interest in all aspects of European football. Completely at ease with the fact he is a football nerd, Matt has a huge interest in tactical and statistical side of the game. Matt’s writing has featured on Soccerlens, Bleacher Report and in the Liverpool Echo. Follow him on Twitter for more football chatter @MattJFootball

Philipp Lahm’s Adaptability Will Inspire Bayern Munich and Germany To New Heights

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Lahm Guardiola

One my most vivid footballing memories from years gone by was watching the first game of the 2006 World Cup. It was a marvelous encounter between the hosts Germany and Costa Rica, and it began with a stunning goal from … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Weekend

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Campbell Cardiff

Rejoice! Rejoice! After the a couple of weeks when UEFA Champions League action provided some superb midweek relief, we were “treated” to international friendlies this time round. This weekend we’ve got a host of magnificent games to look forward to … Continue reading

With 10 Matches Remaining, How Will the 2013/14 Premier League Table Finish?

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PL TROPHY

There are just ten games to go in the Premier League (that’s right, just ten games!) and as the “games remaining” figure ticks into single figures for a host of teams this weekend, it really is the time of the … Continue reading

Why Does It Continue To Go Wrong For Arsenal?

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Arsenal Stoke

With Arsenal still effectively in the Premier League title race, still in the FA Cup and still in the UEFA Champions League, it probably seems a little misguided and somewhat pre-emptive to suggest that things are going “wrong.” But you … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Weekend

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Madrid Derby

It’s hard to believe just how quickly this season has gone. It only seems a matter of days ago that we were preparing for the opening weekend of the campaign, and here we stand more than two thirds of the … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Round of 16 Games

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BVB

The first legs of every last-16 Champions League tie were concluded this week and we’re beginning to establish a clearer picture of who looks likely to be challenging for the European Cup come the final in Lisbon on Saturday May … Continue reading

The Experience Of Attending Away Matches In London: The Heart Of English Football

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heart-of-english-football1

After witnessing Everton lose 1-0 to Tottenham in their recent Premier League outing in undeserved fashion, I decided to hold off on penning this piece. Not because the team had lost — I’ve fronted up previously, before you accuse me … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From the Opening Round Of 16 Games

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Arsenal v Bayern Munich

The Champions League is back in earnest after the first-legs of the opening four knockout ties were played this week. As is typically the case with Europe’s premier club competition, we’ve already had our fair share of quality, controversy and … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League Team-By-Team Guide: Preview, Likely Lineups, Key Players and Predictions

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CL Preview

The resumption of the UEFA Champions League knockout phase is the prime indicator that the serious business is about to kick off in European soccer. It’s crunch time, in short, and teams will resume their respective European commitments with dreams … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Weekend

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Cazorla

Prepping this piece, I was very tempted to make this week’s feature a “Top Ten” games to watch, such is the outstanding calibre of the matches on offer this weekend. But for continuities sake, I decided to stick with five. … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Weekend

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Borini

If you’re completely fed up of the deadline day hyperbole (hang in there, not long to go now), then you’ll be glad to know there is a heap of soccer to watch this weekend. Yep that’s right. No rumours, no … Continue reading

Experiencing the Merseyside Derby In Person at Anfield: The Heart Of English Football

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heart-of-english-football1

Right, just to forewarn you all, if you’re upbeat after making it through to Wednesday and feeling pretty decent as a whole, this write-up might be best avoided; I don’t want to drag you down. We’ve got loads of brilliant … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Week

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Suarez FK

We’ve been a little spoilt this week. The domestic cup competitions in Spain and Italy have provided some excellent midweek entertainment, and have set us up nicely for another weekend crammed with wonderful action. But once again, we’re treated to … Continue reading

Juan Mata Capture Will Be A Catalyst For A Prosperous Summer Window At Old Trafford

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Mata

David Moyes looked as though he’d rather be anywhere else than at Old Trafford after Vito Mannone’s penalty save sent Sunderland to Wembley. As his eyes closed with forlorn disbelief, he depicted a man riddled with dejection and hopelessness. He … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Weekend

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Chica Chels

Right, here we go again. Clubs are back into the swing of things after the winter break and the early rounds of the domestic competitions in England and Spain have been boxed off. So teams should have total focus on … Continue reading

Why It’s Time To Scrap Unwanted and Outdated FA Cup Replays

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FA Cup

Picture the scene: It’s FA Cup third round weekend and non-league Macclesfield Town are hosting Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. Steve Williams has just scored a lovely equalizing goal for the underdogs with 12 minutes to go, and a woefully out … Continue reading

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Liverpool and Everton Renaissance Can Only Mean Good Things For Roy Hodgson And England

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Rodgers Martinez

As a region, Merseyside is currently awash with positivity when it comes to soccer-related matters. Supporters of a red and blue persuasion have been equally boisterous about the prospects of their sides as we kick-off 2014, with Liverpool and Everton … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Weekend

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Messi Getafe

After a festive hiatus, domestic football is back in earnest across Europe. Whilst the Premier League continued to plough on through the December months, the vast majority of European leagues underwent a winter break. Most of the major leagues have … Continue reading