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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

Everton’s Start To The Season Has Been Naive, Inept And Utterly Inexcusable

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Everton Palace

During his time as Swansea City manager in the second and third tiers of English football, Roberto Martinez will have witnessed myriad examples of poor defending. But you can bet that in all the matches he’s stood on the sidelines for at the Liberty … Continue reading

Everton’s August-September Progress Report

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Baines Coleman

Diego Costa insouciantly rounded Tim Howard and slotted Chelsea’s sixth goal of the game at Goodison Park; the moment it became abundantly and indisputably clear Everton had pertinent concerns. Some worries had emerged a week previous when the Toffees let … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Costa Everton

A surfeit of superb games are on offer this weekend, as clubs across Europe begin to get stuck in to their respective domestic leagues. Some are desperate to atone for a stuttering start, others keen to continue a prosperous beginning to … Continue reading

The History Of Squad Numbers In Soccer, and How They’ve Evolved

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Eto'o 5

There are some players that don’t look quite right in their shirt numbers. Etched into our soccer consciousnesses are intangible, requisite criteria when it comes to the number a player should have emblazoned on the back of his jersey. It’s the … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League Preview: Examining The Top 11 Contenders For The Title

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uefa-champions-league

Europe’s club competition is back on our screens this week, as 32 teams go in search of UEFA Champions League glory. So on the cusp of the showpiece, lets take a closer look at some of the main contenders for … Continue reading

Non-League Day: The Best Remedy For International Break Blues

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2014-09-06-Non-League-Day

If you’re a regular Premier League match-goer who’ll be without your weekly fix of live football this weekend, I come bearing some exciting news. You don’t have to mull around in a sulk all weekend, you don’t have to briefly … Continue reading

England Need A Reality Check, Or Another Crop Of Talented Youngsters Will Be Wasted

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Hodgson

It feels a little uneasy when it comes to criticising somebody like Roy Hodgson. The England boss is an amicable, articulate and courteous man after all, one of few true gentlemen that remain in the game. It’s little surprise that in various managerial … Continue reading

England 1-0 Norway: Three Lions Player Ratings

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Wembley

England’s self proclaimed new era got off to a stuttering start, as the Three Lions put in an unconvincing performance against Norway at Wembley.  Wayne Rooney spared Roy Hodgson’s blushes with a second half penalty, and the hosts eventually ran out … Continue reading

Interview With Guillem Balague: Talks Di Maria, La Liga, Premier League and Music

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guileme

The go-to man on all things Spanish football has long been Guillem Balague and he took time out from his busy schedule to have a chat with World Soccer Talk. The journalist, author and pundit provided us with some typically … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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LFCTHFC

When we have an honorable mentions section on this feature, its always a firm indicator that the weekend is going to be a bit of a special one. And a week ahead of the dreaded international break (I know, I … Continue reading

Wayne Rooney: The Right Choice Or The Only Choice As England Captain?

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Rooney Uruguay

When Wayne Rooney burst onto the international scene as a teenage sensation, there was a sense that this day—a day on which he was named England captain—would always come. The young Evertonian’s irrepressible ability pointed towards a lengthy and prosperous … Continue reading

How Angel Di Maria Can Avoid Being The Latest British Transfer Record To Flop

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Real Madrid v Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

Complete the sequence: Angel di Maria, Fernando Torres, Andy Carroll, Robinho, Andrei Shevchenko, “X”. For those who don’t instantly recognise what connects the aforementioned soccer players — make a note of the eventual answer, because it’s a nailed on pub … Continue reading

Why Samuel Eto’o is a Shrewd Acquisition For Everton

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Eto'o

Everton’s search for forward reinforcements seems to be over after the club confirmed the signing of 33-year-old Samuel Eto’o today. The former Barcelona, Internazionale and Chelsea forward joins up with Roberto Martinez’s side on a two-year deal, and the three-time … Continue reading

Daniel Sturridge Primed To Be The Leader Of Liverpool’s Attacking Pack

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Sturridge

When Daniel Sturridge left Manchester City for Chelsea back in 2009, the overwhelming consensus was that he would go on to become a wonderful center forward. After all, here was a young man who had it all: pace, power, technical … Continue reading

Everton’s Surrender Highlights Need For Transfer Reinforcements At Goodison

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EFCARS

Having been the dominant force in both of their opening Premier League games, Everton should have six points from six at this early stage of the season. For overwhelming periods of their matches against Leicester City and Arsenal, Roberto Martinez’s … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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MCFCLFC

Back in the routine yet? You probably will be after this weekend! Competitive soccer is back on the menu all over Europe, and after the Premier League curtain raisers were played out last weekend, a host of leagues across the … Continue reading

Everton 2014/15 Season Preview: Toffees Ready for Most Anticipated Season In Years

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ROM ROB

Typically, pre-season follows one of two age-old narratives. If results are going well, then managers will point to some crucial momentum gathered ahead of the new campaign. But if the wins aren’t coming in the run up to the big … Continue reading

Juventus Fever Grips Sydney, But A-League All Stars Push Bianconeri Close

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Del Piero

Sport is part of the fabric of Sydney, Australia, something that’s perhaps best illustrated by the multi-purpose ANZ Stadium—where five different sports are played—that was bristling with excitement as Juventus tackled the A-League All Stars this weekend. Indeed, even in … Continue reading