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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

Colombia vs Brazil Preview: Colombia Faces Toughest Test in World Cup

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Colombia Celebration

Yellow shirts, enthralling attacking play and rhythmic celebrations; for so long that’s been the narrative for Brazilian teams that have dazzled us all at the World Cup. But in their own backyard, there’s another team stealing the show. While seven … Continue reading

Major Catalyst For This Great World Cup Has Been Ingenuity Of Managers

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Klinsmann Wilmots

A quick glance at the last-16 ties and the subsequent quarter-finals paints a deceptively predictable set of results from the first round of knockout matches at the 2014 World Cup. All eight group winners progressed at the expense of the … Continue reading

Paul Pogba Beginning To Find His Feet On The World Stage

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Soccer is a sport punctured by “what ifs” and “if onlys”. Stories have been around for decades about teams that missed out on certain players, only to see them go and become superstars. For example, Diego Maradona nearly signed for … Continue reading

USA’s 5 Point Game Plan to Beat Belgium in the World Cup

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With USA facing Belgium on Tuesday at 4pm ET/1pm PT, here’s how Klinsmann should go about setting his team up to progress to the quarter-final stage: 1. Pressure In Midfield – The Belgium midfield isn’t anywhere near as technically adept … Continue reading

What the USA Can Expect From Belgium in Tuesday’s World Cup Game

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This is where the fun starts for the United States. After negotiating their way through the Group of Death with some wonderful performances, Jurgen Klinsmann’s men will take on Belgium in the last-16 knowing there is very little pressure on … Continue reading

Support For USA World Cup Team Growing In England After 3 Lions Departure

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With the England national team on their way home from Brazil after three abject performances in the group stage, the intense coverage of the World Cup has been turned down a notch on this side of the Atlantic. There’s still plenty of … Continue reading

Sensational Arjen Robben On Course For World Cup Redemption With Netherlands

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Robben

One-on-one with Iker Casillas in the World Cup final, the scores level at 0-0, Arjen Robben had the chance to establish himself as an immortal figure in Dutch soccer history. It was the scenario all players dream of: a golden chance to … Continue reading

Manchester United In Advanced Talks To Sign Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera

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Manchester United look to be on the brink of sealing their first transfer of the summer window, with reports suggesting that the Red Devils are currently in advanced talks with Athletic Bilbao about a deal for central midfielder Ander Herrera. According to reports coming … Continue reading

England Have The Potential For A Bright Future, But It’s Not Going To Happen By Accident

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“We’ve been waiting for years for England to play like Spain. Now they actually are!” That was the gag doing the rounds on social media after England’s 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in Sao Paulo. The Three Lions are on the … Continue reading

Wayne Rooney Must Deliver Against Uruguay And Reward Roy Hodgson’s Trust

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It’s extremely difficult to steer clear of the hyperbole that accompanies Wayne Rooney. After all, the current plight of the Manchester United man is a fascinating one and it certainly wouldn’t feel quite right if the English media didn’t impinge … Continue reading

Tired, Stagnant Spain Must Look To The Future After Humiliating World Cup Exit

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“Change” and “stability,” while obviously completely contrasting concepts, are both vital in soccer. Most would agree with the notion that a successful team is built upon the appropriate amount of each, but it’s a precarious balance to strike. After all, … Continue reading

Review of UK World Cup TV Coverage: BBC’s Effortless And Insightful Coverage Is Leaving ITV In The Dust

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In the UK, the World Cup matches are shared between two television stations: BBC and ITV. So as you might expect, comparisons between the duo are rife, as each channel strives to provide the best World Cup package for terrestrial viewers. Both broadcasters have … Continue reading

Why Dropping Wayne Rooney Would Be England’s Best Chance Of Beating Italy

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Roy Hodgson: Frustrating draw with Honduras won't change England's World Cup plans - video

Free of the shackles that have hampered squads of yesteryear, this young, vibrant England side are ready to be unleashed on the world stage. Roy Hodgson will field an XI bristling with youthful exuberance and underpinned by a few experiences … Continue reading

Mexico vs Cameroon Preview: El Tri Face African Test

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We’re off and running in the 2014 World Cup and after Brazil got things going with a 3-1 win over Croatia, the other two contenders in Group A will get their respective campaign’s underway. The second game of the showpiece … Continue reading

Beginner’s Guide to the World Cup Soccer Tournament

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If you aren’t really into soccer, I can’t begin to imagine how strange this time of year must be for you. Whilst the rest of the planet—quite literally—is gearing up for the World Cup, here’s your chance to get up … Continue reading

Make The Most Of This World Cup, There May Never Be Another Quite Like It

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Just nine years old, I was jumping for joy around my living room when Zinedine Zidane inspired France to World Cup glory in 1998. Does my family have any Gallic roots? Nope. Did I harbor an early disdain for Brazil? … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 1 – Diego Maradona Magic [VIDEO]

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No.1 Diego Maradona Magic (Mexico, 1986) “I sometimes think I preferred the one with my hand. It was a bit like stealing the wallet of the English” In 1986, Diego Maradona was the finest footballer on the planet. The man … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 2 – Paolo Rossi’s Remarkable Renaissance [VIDEO]

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No.2 Paolo Rossi’s Remarkable Renaissance (Spain, 1982) Of all the unlikely heroes that we’ve covered in this feature so far, the story Paolo Rossi is perhaps the most astounding and unpredictable of them all. Rossi had initially impressed at Vicenza … Continue reading