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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 or on Twitter @MattJFootball

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

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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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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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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

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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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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

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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We’re edging ever closer to a thrilling climax in a clutch of European leagues, with much to play for at the top and bottom in various high-profile divisions. There are some wonderful rivalries to sample this weekend too, with the … Continue reading

Tranmere Rovers on the brink of oblivion, as relegation from the Football League looms large

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On January 27 2001, Tranmere Rovers made the short journey across the River Mersey and humbled Everton 3-0 in a hopelessly one-sided FA Cup tie. It’s a game that remains etched into my own index of soccer memories, not only … Continue reading

Ross Barkley remains one of England’s brightest stars, but must learn from a turbulent campaign

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Ross Barkley

As Jack Grealish confirmed his status as England’s next hot young thing with a mesmeric display for Aston Villa under the Wembley arch and Harry Kane bagged his 30th goal of an extraordinary campaign with Tottenham Hotspur, Ross Barkley—last season’s … Continue reading

Everton’s history and connection with the iconic Prince Rupert’s Tower

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Editor’s note: World Soccer Talk writer Matt Jones recently went on a mission from his home on the Wirral to take photographs of Prince Rupert’s Tower in Liverpool, and to share his insight regarding the connection between the tower and … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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There have been a host of burgeoning sides in European soccer this season and a lot will face difficult litmus tests this weekend. In Spain, England and Italy, various emerging outfits have come to the fore in the second half of … Continue reading

Jurgen Klopp is the perfect candidate to push Manchester City towards a new era

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There was an understandably uncomfortable angst in Jurgen Klopp’s voice as he announced that this season would be his last as Borussia Dortmund manager. After all, this is a man who had fashioned a sentimental affinity with all associated with BVB, … Continue reading

Conquering Atletico can be a catalyst to glory for Real Madrid

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Ronaldo Atleti

Despite a stunning 2014, there have been criticisms aplenty since the turn of the year coming the way of Real Madrid’s players. Selfish, meek and lazy are the sorts of terms used to describe Carlo Ancelotti’s men as of late, … Continue reading

Brendan Rodgers must add stronger foundations for this Liverpool team to grow

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Brendan Rodgers

The runs enjoyed by Liverpool under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers have been some of the most enthralling in the Premier League era. Last season’s 11-game winning sequence pushed the Reds to within touching distance of the Premier League title. … Continue reading

Bayer Leverkusen making big strides under Roger Schmidt’s leadership

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It’s been a tough month for Bayer Leverkusen. In the German Cup, they held the German champions for 120 minutes, in the Champions League they held Spanish champions Atletico Madrid over two legs, but on both occasions, the Bundesliga outfit were … Continue reading

Louis van Gaal enjoying renaissance at Manchester United ahead of derby

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Van Gaal

After Manchester United sagged back into the pack last season following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, it was wholly apparent they were going to have many obstacles to conquer before surging back to the forefront of English football. Not … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Sergio Aguero

We’re edging ever closer to a thrilling climax in a host of European leagues, with titles, spots in Europe and survival all to play for in the remaining weeks on the calendar. The Premier League is set for a typically … Continue reading