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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

Oscar Must Shine If Brazil Want to Win Record Sixth World Cup

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Oscar of Brazil

There are few soccer nations that immortalize their icons of the game quite like Brazil. Ahead of this World Cup, we were treated to imagery of Brazilian greats gone, reminded of their stature in the in the history of the … Continue reading

Holland’s Versatility and Tactical Flexibility a Key to Success

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NED

The modern game demands many things of its footballers: Physicality, touch, technique and dynamism to name but a few. But often overlooked are the attributes of versatility and tactical flexibility. The immersive statistical analysis that’s now available at the touch … Continue reading

With Neymar Out of the World Cup, Who Will Be Brazil’s New Talisman?

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Bra Col

The Brazilian nation should be bristling with positivity and excitement. The Selecao have overcome the enormous pressure heaped upon them by a fervent soccer nation. They’ve conquered some fearsome opponents and subsequently, they find themselves in the semi-final of a … Continue reading

WATCH Brazil vs Germany, 2002 World Cup Final; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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Ronaldo 2002

Despite having secured a grand total of seven World Cup trophies between them prior to the 2002 tournament, meetings between Brazil and Germany have been scarce in the biggest soccer tournament of them all. In fact, prior to the competition … Continue reading

WATCH Argentina vs Netherlands, 1978 World Cup Final; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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1978 Final

The 1978 World Cup was a memorable one. The teams played in a vibrant style, the Argentinean fans were wonderful and the pitches were littered with that iconic ticker tape. There are plenty of comparisons you can draw with the … Continue reading

Argentina 1-0 Belgium Match Highlights [VIDEO]: Supporting Cast Finally Shine, But Albiceleste Still Lack Balance

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gonzalo-higuain

You are crying since Italy (World Cup 1990) ‘till today! You are going to see Messi! The World Cup will be ours! And Maradona is greater than Pele! That’s a rough translation of the last few lines of a song … Continue reading

Netherlands vs Costa Rica Predicted Lineups and Expert Analysis

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There were not many pundits that expected the Netherlands to go this far in the 2014 World Cup. Pitted alongside the holders Spain and a vibrant Chile team, there was a sense that Louis van Gaal’s progressive Dutch side would … Continue reading

Germany World Cup Team: Analyzing the Strengths and Weaknesses of Die Mannschaft

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Muller

For so long, German teams were perceived as cohesive, diligent and supremely disciplined. But at the 2010 World Cup, that notion was obliterated, as a youthful team swept teams aside a host of nations with a stylish swagger. Four years … Continue reading

Colombia vs Brazil Preview: Colombia Faces Toughest Test in World Cup

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Colombia Celebration

Yellow shirts, enthralling attacking play and rhythmic celebrations; for so long that’s been the narrative for Brazilian teams that have dazzled us all at the World Cup. But in their own backyard, there’s another team stealing the show. While seven … Continue reading

Major Catalyst For This Great World Cup Has Been Ingenuity Of Managers

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Klinsmann Wilmots

A quick glance at the last-16 ties and the subsequent quarter-finals paints a deceptively predictable set of results from the first round of knockout matches at the 2014 World Cup. All eight group winners progressed at the expense of the … Continue reading

Paul Pogba Beginning To Find His Feet On The World Stage

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Pogba

Soccer is a sport punctured by “what ifs” and “if onlys”. Stories have been around for decades about teams that missed out on certain players, only to see them go and become superstars. For example, Diego Maradona nearly signed for … Continue reading

USA’s 5 Point Game Plan to Beat Belgium in the World Cup

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jurgen-klinsmann

With USA facing Belgium on Tuesday at 4pm ET/1pm PT, here’s how Klinsmann should go about setting his team up to progress to the quarter-final stage: 1. Pressure In Midfield – The Belgium midfield isn’t anywhere near as technically adept … Continue reading

What the USA Can Expect From Belgium in Tuesday’s World Cup Game

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belgium

This is where the fun starts for the United States. After negotiating their way through the Group of Death with some wonderful performances, Jurgen Klinsmann’s men will take on Belgium in the last-16 knowing there is very little pressure on … Continue reading

Support For USA World Cup Team Growing In England After 3 Lions Departure

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Team-USA

With the England national team on their way home from Brazil after three abject performances in the group stage, the intense coverage of the World Cup has been turned down a notch on this side of the Atlantic. There’s still plenty of … Continue reading

Sensational Arjen Robben On Course For World Cup Redemption With Netherlands

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Robben

One-on-one with Iker Casillas in the World Cup final, the scores level at 0-0, Arjen Robben had the chance to establish himself as an immortal figure in Dutch soccer history. It was the scenario all players dream of: a golden chance to … Continue reading

Manchester United In Advanced Talks To Sign Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera

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Manchester United look to be on the brink of sealing their first transfer of the summer window, with reports suggesting that the Red Devils are currently in advanced talks with Athletic Bilbao about a deal for central midfielder Ander Herrera. According to reports coming … Continue reading

England Have The Potential For A Bright Future, But It’s Not Going To Happen By Accident

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steven-gerrard

“We’ve been waiting for years for England to play like Spain. Now they actually are!” That was the gag doing the rounds on social media after England’s 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in Sao Paulo. The Three Lions are on the … Continue reading

Wayne Rooney Must Deliver Against Uruguay And Reward Roy Hodgson’s Trust

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It’s extremely difficult to steer clear of the hyperbole that accompanies Wayne Rooney. After all, the current plight of the Manchester United man is a fascinating one and it certainly wouldn’t feel quite right if the English media didn’t impinge … Continue reading