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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

Spurs primed to move into Champions League spot with win against Arsenal

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harry-kane-alexis-sanchez

There are plenty that have been unyieldingly willing to dismiss Tottenham Hotspur this season. The club’s wonderful patent for turning around games and notching winners late on away from home has been attributed to luck by a lot, while the consistently … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Gimenez

It’s not often we get to sample three of European football’s most iconic derby matches on the same day, back to back. The North London, Madrid and Merseyside rivalries capture the passion of a local rivalry like few other fixtures in … Continue reading

Everton loan the perfect chance for Aaron Lennon to revive his toiling career

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aaron-lennon

From an Everton standpoint, the modus operandi in the loitering embers of the winter transfer window was pace. Someone who replace the raw, capricious, direct void left by Gerard Deulofeu. Maybe someone who could add an effective edge to a … Continue reading

Why West Ham could overtake Spurs both on and off the pitch in future years

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West Ham

These are exciting times for West Ham United. Not only is the current crop playing with a new-found gusto, not only are they eyeing up a potential European finish in the Premier League but beyond this encapsulating campaign—regardless of what … Continue reading

Evaluating whether the 3-5-2 is a fad or a crucial facet in formations for the future

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usa-starting-xi

Playing a formation consisting of three central defenders has long been perceived as taboo by your average soccer fan. While fillips of overseas influences have creeped into the English game and wholesomely enhanced it, the comfort in England and the USA … Continue reading

The art of knowing when soccer players should move on in their careers

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giggs-lampard-gerrard

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have been generation defining players. Throughout the course of the Premier League era, they are talents that have embodied the values of their respective clubs and subsequently they will be forever associated with those teams. … Continue reading

Why Sebastian Giovinco will be a success for MLS club Toronto FC

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Gio

Bringing in a big name player from a top European league is nothing new to the supporters of Toronto FC. Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley and Julio Cesar all penned deals with the Canadian club last year to stir up understandable … Continue reading

How Juan Cuadrado can transform Chelsea into a more lethal threat

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Cuadrado

There are few players in European soccer that have both the ingenuity and industry to immediately improve this current Chelsea team.  After all, Jose Mourinho is a manager who boasts very bespoke principles and for the Blues to stumble across a … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Lampard

The top two sides in the Premier League and the Bundesliga will go head-to-head this weekend in their respective divisions, providing a perfect beginning to what should be an engrossing weekend of soccer. German top flight football gets back underway … Continue reading

Watch Bert Trautmann’s heroic goalkeeping to help Manchester City win the 1956 FA Cup [VIDEO]

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Trautmann

When supporters lambast the unrelentingly tiresome antics of modern day footballers, Manchester City’s legendary goalkeeper Bert Trautmann is held up as a pillar of spirit and resilience. During the 1956 FA Cup final City and Birmingham City, Trautmann was involved … Continue reading

Who will be the first £100 million footballer?

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Bale Ronaldo

Deloitte’s annual investigation into the world’s wealthiest soccer teams revealed those lucky enough to be at the pinnacle of the game are making more money than ever. Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all secured revenues … Continue reading

Watch one of the greatest FA Cup giant-killings of all time; Wrexham vs Arsenal [VIDEO]

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Wrexham

Those teams looking to spring more surprises in this weekend’s FA Cup matches will draw on the array of upsets that this tournament has long been revered for. But amongst all of the shocks that have occurred down the years, there … Continue reading

Watch highlights of the game where Wolves were proclaimed ‘Champions of the World’ [VIDEO]

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Wolves

As difficult as it may seem with Hungary currently on the periphery of European soccer’s elite, during the 1950s the country produced one of the finest teams in the rich annals of football history, “The Golden Team.” In 1954, the leading … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Herrera

The FA Cup fourth round will see the Premier League temporarily put on hold, but there are some tantalizing ties to savor from this weekend’s games. Two of our selections come from the world’s oldest soccer competition; in addition we’ve … Continue reading

Toxic Toffees Sleepwalking Towards a Relegation Fight

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Baines Mirallas

On Monday night, the Goodison Park crowd roared as a couple of excitable figures on the field put in an effervescent effort. It was a noise befitting of the old stadium’s revered atmosphere and arguably the loudest din to emit … Continue reading

Wenger Has Stumbled Across A System That Can Abate Arsenal’s Big Away Day Blues

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Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger talks to Alexis Sánchez

For all the discussion that’s raged in perpetuity when it comes to Arsene Wenger, there’s little denying that in the most recent years of his distinguished tenure, the Arsenal boss has point-blank refused to learn from his mistakes. The club … Continue reading

Africa Cup of Nations Preview, TV Schedule and Predictions

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Morocco won't hold Africa Cup

Amidst a build-up of confusion and controversy, the 2015 African Cup of Nations is set to begin in earnest this weekend in Equatorial Guinea. The revised host nation stepped in in November to take over the mantle from Morocco after … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Sanchez City

The league leaders from France feature in the best five of the weekend for the very first time this season. And while they may be playing a team struggling for form, such is the quality possessed by this vibrant young … Continue reading