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
Radamel Falcao worth the risk for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea
Radamel Falcao worth the risk for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea

Jose Mourinho clearly still sees something bright burning in Radamel Falcao. Not many positive points will have been accrued since the Colombian left Atletico Madrid for Monaco in the summer of 2013.  Even fewer in the subsequent season, when El Tigre toiled during a turbulent loan spell at Manchester United. […]

Argentina vs. Paraguay: Copa America semi-final preview and TV times
Argentina vs. Paraguay: Copa America semi-final preview and TV times

When Argentina and Paraguay met earlier on in this tournament, we were treated to arguably the very best match of the Copa America so far. The Albiceleste stormed into a two-goal lead at half time, but as they’ve showcased throughout the entirety of this competition, Los Guaranies are no soft […]

Chile vs. Peru: Copa America semi-final preview and TV times
Chile vs. Peru: Copa America semi-final preview and TV times

When Jorge Sampaoli took over the Chilean team back in 2013, La Roja were everyone’s favorite international team. The South Americans played with ambition, tenacity and variety, bringing things to the soccer scene that were refreshing and vibrant. But they weren’t necessarily a winning team. In truth, as a nation, […]

Brazil vs. Paraguay: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times
Brazil vs. Paraguay: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

Four years on from their elimination at the hands of Paraguay in the 2011 Copa America, Brazil have the opportunity to exact some revenge. But there are some stark similarities between each team in 2015 as they bid to book a place in the semi-finals. Again, as was the case […]

Argentina vs. Colombia: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times
Argentina vs. Colombia: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

Talk about a star-studded quarter-final! Argentina, in possession of some of the world’s finest attacking players and arguably the greatest natural talent of all time, going up against Colombia, a team who thrilled us all with some dynamic displays at the World Cup last summer, coming into this clash having […]

Peru vs. Bolivia: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times
Peru vs. Bolivia: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

For all the glamor that accompanies the Copa America, one of the most enjoyable facets of the tournament’s crazy set up is how it enhances the possibility for less illustrious sides to put together a prosperous run. This quarter-final clash between Peru and Bolivia is testament to that. The former […]

Everton sign Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona for £4.25 million
Everton sign Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona for £4.25 million

Gerard Deulofeu possesses many rare skills. The young winger can render opposition players ornamental with his array of attributes: quick feet, searing pace and a brash soccer arrogance that so often accompanies those that have had their game refined at Barcelona’s La Masia academy. But the Spaniard is curiously divisive. Indeed, […]

Chile vs. Uruguay: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times
Chile vs. Uruguay: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

There may well be a backdrop of festering smog in Santiago for the first Copa America quarter-final on Wednesday, but there’s little gloomy about the mood of the Chilean public as their team gear up for the last eight showdown with Uruguay. In a tournament that has been laced with […]

Top 5 players at Copa America 2015 so far
Top 5 players at Copa America 2015 so far

Up to this point, the Copa America has delivered on its reputation for chaotic soccer. Already we’ve seen shocks, last-gasp winners, brawls, stunning displays of fandom and one of the competition’s star attractions banned for the duration of the Copa. We haven’t even gotten into the knockout stages of the […]

Everton must do their utmost to keep James McCarthy at the club this summer
Everton must do their utmost to keep James McCarthy at the club this summer

Usually, defensive midfielders are some of the easiest players to replace in soccer.  While the role has become increasingly defined in recent years, if a man deployed to bring energy in the middle of the pitch is struck down with injury, loses form or is sold, they don’t typically leave that difficult […]

Copa America 2015 preview: Key players, squads and TV schedules
Copa America 2015 preview: Key players, squads and TV schedules

The Copa America’s propensity for springing surprises was thrillingly prevalent in 2011 when Uruguay beat Paraguay in the final. Four years on, soccer supporters from across the globe will be hoping for comparable drama as the 2015 edition of competition gets underway in Chile. Brazil and Argentina are the big […]

The history of the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy
The history of the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy

If Barcelona have enough to edge past Juventus in Berlin on Saturday evening, it’ll be the fifth time this storied club has won European soccer’s most coveted prize. In seasons gone by they would have been able to keep this iconic trophy after reaching this cornerstone mark, but a rule […]

Luis Suarez is the key to Barcelona victory in Champions League final
Luis Suarez is the key to Barcelona victory in Champions League final

For the reams of positive words that have been penned about Barcelona in the build-up to Saturday’s Champions League final, Luis Enrique’s team aren’t totally immaculate. They’ve actually slipped up in recent weeks. After going 2-1 ahead against Bayern Munich in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final, the La […]

If not Qatar then where? Where should the 2022 World Cup go?
If not Qatar then where? Where should the 2022 World Cup go?

When Loretta Lynch and Richard Weber addressed the watching world following the launch of the federal investigations into FIFA corruption, they were clear to emphasize that this process would be a long one. But in the wake of Sepp Blatter’s announcement that he’ll be resigning as president, already the organization’s […]

Rejuvenated Mesut Ozil will be key to Arsenal’s title challenge in 2015/16
Rejuvenated Mesut Ozil will be key to Arsenal’s title challenge in 2015/16

Some players need to be watched in detail to get an appropriate grasp of their impact. It’s not easy to do either; matches are typically taken in tackle-by-tackle, pass-by-pass, shot-by-shot, but if you consciously detach yourself from that pattern, sometimes other traits are revealed and a fuller appreciation of various duties […]