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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

Wayne Rooney Will Be Revered as an English Great, But He Should Have Been So Much More

Posted on by Matt Jones
Wayne-Rooney

When Wayne Rooney earns his 100th cap for England against Slovenia in the Three Lions’ upcoming European Championships qualifier on Saturday (live at Noon ET on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com in the US), it will be another wonderful achievement for the … Continue reading

Is It Time to Consider a Boycott of FIFA and World Cups 2018 and 2022?

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FIFA’s latest revelations regarding the bidding processes for the World Cups in 2018 and 2022 have done little to shift the air of corruption that has emanated from the organization for an uncomfortably long stretch. It was a process that … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Week

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Ire

Are we a little too harsh on international soccer? While it’s typically been perceived as a mere blemish on the domestic landscape, some revamps to the various competitions seem to have given teams an edge, thus facilitating a much more … Continue reading

David Moyes Deserves Credit for Taking on Real Sociedad Challenge

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Moyes

After an ill-fated spell at Manchester United, David Moyes went from one of the most revered and respected managers in the English game to a commodity not too far short of a laughing stock. His reputation sullied, the 51-year-old went … Continue reading

A Brief History Of The Modern Rivalry Between Liverpool And Chelsea

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Traditionally, soccer’s great rivalries are founded and fed by political and geographical demographics. It’s those age-old guidelines that make the rivalry between Liverpool and Chelsea a peculiar one. There’s a clear, longstanding needle between the two teams, but the classic … Continue reading

Everton Continue To Impress In Europe, As James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku Shine

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EFC Europe

The current campaign was always going to be a season of firsts for Everton. For Roberto Martinez, that was the case on a number of fronts, with the Catalonian having to deal with European football and all the accompanying connotations … Continue reading

Bayern Munich’s Domestic Stranglehold is the Only Factor Preventing European Domination

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AS ROMA - BAYERN MUNICH

Just over 13 months ago, Bayern Munich produced the kind of performance that makes soccer supporters revere in awe at what they’re witnessing. The Bavarians dismantled Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium, taking the English outfit apart with a display … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Gerrard

There are moments that typically come to define an entire season, and in the Premier League this weekend, the fixture computer has churned out a pair of matches that stir memories of unhinged drama from campaigns gone by. Those two … Continue reading

Manchester City’s 2-For-1 Ticket Initiative Was Admirable, But Performances Are Vital To Stir Champions League Interest

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Aguero

Empty seats at the Etihad Stadium has long been the most pertinent source of ammunition for cheap jibes at Manchester City. Sky blue specs have regularly been seen scattered about Eastlands on Champions League evenings in years gone by, and … Continue reading

Manchester City and Marco Reus Would Be A Match Made In Heaven

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FC Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga

Manchester City’s longstanding core of magnificent players stood up and made themselves counted in the recent Manchester derby. Their captain Vincent Kompany was imposing and imperious, Pablo Zabaleta was eminently industrious, Yaya Toure rediscovered his intimidating swagger and Sergio Aguero … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester City v Manchester United - Etihad Stadium

The influx of investment into Manchester City has seen the Manchester derby become one of the biggest games on the continent, and ahead of this weekend’s clash between the age old rivals, there is plenty to get excited about. Aside … Continue reading

Eden Hazard Is Cementing His Status Amongst The Game’s Elite, But He Can Still Get Better

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Hazard

While Old Trafford may not emanate the same aura of intimidation these days, going up against Manchester United in their own back yard is a always difficult challenge. That’s a narrative that even applies to league leaders Chelsea, who will … Continue reading

Luis Suarez Is A Ferocious Soccer Enigma, And Must Start For Barcelona In el Clasico

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Luis-Suarez

There are some players and some games that are no stranger to intense speculation and raucous hyperbole. Players like Luis Suarez, who is line to make his first ever appearance for the Blaugrana this weekend. And games like Barcelona versus … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Classico

The match between Spain’s two most illustrious outfits is one of the most hotly anticipated spectacles on the footballing calendar, and all eyes will be on the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend for that one. Elsewhere, we’ve got the top two … Continue reading

Mario Balotelli Is A Concern, But There Are Much Bigger Problems At Liverpool

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“APOLOGISE” read the headline on the back page of the Liverpool Echo, as the newspaper demanded that Mario Balotelli says sorry to the Liverpool supporters after swapping shirts with Pepe at half time against Real Madrid. It’s a sensationalist claim, … Continue reading

Dixie Dean’s Record Still Stands Even After Cristiano Ronaldo’s Remarkable Goalscoring Achievements

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Dixie Dean

Cristiano Ronaldo will rock up on Merseyside this week boasting a phenomenal strike rate for the 2013/14 season. The Portuguese sensation has 17 goals in nine appearances in domestic and European competition at the time of writing, and such is … Continue reading

Time For Juventus To Make Their Mark In Europe Once Again

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juventus

The early concerns that accompanied Juventus’ start to the campaign were understandable following the departure of Antonio Conte.  Under the former boss, the Bianconeri had evolved into the most dominant side in Serie A, reflected emphatically by a trio of … Continue reading

Alan Irvine Finally Showing His Managerial Mettle At West Brom

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Irvine

Despite only being appointed in the summer of 2014, Alan Irvine’s tenure at West Bromwich Albion was never expected to be one of longevity. The Baggies supporters greeted the his acquisition with a collective shrug of the shoulders; after all, … Continue reading