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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

Iconic el Clasico Moments: Barcelona humiliate Real Madrid to set up 2009 treble glory [VIDEO]

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Barcelona

Real Madrid 2-6 Barcelona, May 2, 2009 Throughout the storied history of Clasico matches, the number five is symbolic. There’s a host of occasions when one of the sides has scored an quintuple of goals—a manita—in a show of resounding … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Barca

There are some soccer rivalries that go beyond what occurs on the field. The needle between some of the game’s most illustrious names spans across various cultural and historical demographics, with deep-rooted factors contributing to the angst between those out … Continue reading

Iconic el Clasico moments: Di Stefano shows Barcelona what they missed out on [VIDEO]

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Di Stefano

Real Madrid 5-0 Barcelona, 5 October 1953 The transfer wrangle between Barcelona and Real Madrid for the signature of Alfredo di Stefano was one of the most complex in the history of the game. Indeed, both of the illustrious Spanish … Continue reading

Iconic el Clasico moments: Ronaldinho bewitches the Santiago Bernabeu [VIDEO]

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Barcelona's Ronaldinho celebrates goal against Real Madrid during Spanish first division soccer match in Madrid

Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona, Nov. 19 2005 We’ve all seen how tough it can be to appease the crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Real Madrid supporters have immaculately high standards for their own players and should they fall short … Continue reading

Everton’s win bodes well for club’s Europa League chances

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Everton-v-Newcastle

There have been a plethora of faux turning points for Everton this season. The earliest came after Phil Jagielka’s last-minute thunderbolt at Anfield salvaged a 1-1 draw. The wins away against Wolfsburg and Young Boys were also expected to trigger … Continue reading

Iconic el Clasico moments: Raul silences Barcelona’s Camp Nou in 1999 [VIDEO]

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Raul

While the clutch of the world’s best players in situ at both Barcelona and Real Madrid make “El Clasico” the most hotly anticipated match in the globe today, the rivalry between these two illustrious sides has stretched back over various … Continue reading

Southampton can renew European dreams with win against Chelsea

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Saints

The upcoming clash between Chelsea and Southampton looks set to resemble the final embers of those grueling stages towards the end of the Tour de France. After the taxing, convoluted mountainous period, the race for home starts in the South-East. … Continue reading

English Championship set for a thrilling finish with top 4 teams tied on points

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Fulham v Bournemouth

As far as supporting acts go, the Championship is just about as good as it gets. English soccer’s second tier is ferociously competitive, home to a host of upcoming young players and bristling with sides beset on making it to … Continue reading

Former Chelsea players de Bruyne and Lukaku seize control of their futures

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De Bruyne Lukaku

Neither Kevin de Bruyne or Romelu Lukaku seemed to be under that much pressure to leave Chelsea. The Belgian duo weren’t forced out of the Stamford Bridge door, rather it was their own respective willingness to play regular first-team soccer that … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Hazard

While the race for the Premier League title looks dead in the water, there are a host of enticing battles still to be played out in English soccer’s top flight. Perhaps most intriguingly, the race to finish amongst the top … Continue reading

Paul Pogba showcasing a burgeoning mental strength to complement his immense talent

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ITA-FBL-SERIEA-SASSUOLO-JUVENTUS

Paul Pogba’s rumbustious displays since the turn of the year have further enamored the young Frenchman to the watching world. At the heart of a Juventus midfield bristling with immense quality, the young Frenchman has shone brightest for the Bianconeri as … Continue reading

Arsenal learning new tricks with team’s overdue resilience emerging at right time

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Welbeck

It wasn’t a vintage Manchester United team that Arsenal toppled in their 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final win and it wasn’t a free-flowing Manchester City side they bested 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium in January. But the men from the Emirates—without … Continue reading

PSG must show renewed purpose to unravel Chelsea

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PSG

There’s an ominous aura that accompanies Chelsea and their illustrious manager at this stage of the season. The Blues’ 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup final was quintessential Jose Mourinho, as the Stamford Bridge outfit bolted the … Continue reading

Luis Suarez is back at his best and relishing supporting role at Barcelona

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Suarez

From the second he put pen to paper on a bumper contract with Barcelona last summer, Luis Suarez will have been aware that he was going to play a secondary role at the Nou Camp. The mercurial Lionel Messi is … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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United

The Premier League takes a backseat this weekend, as the eight remaining teams in the FA Cup look to book their spots at Wembley for the semi-finals. Some intriguing quarter-final matches were plucked out of the hat too. Two of … Continue reading

Brendan Rodgers’ deserves huge credit for Liverpool’s late-season surges

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Rodgers

Liverpool’s thrilling run to the finish line in last season’s Premier League was indisputably the highpoint of the campaign. While the Reds were knocking around in the upper reaches of the table during the early exchanges, their spellbinding streak of victories … Continue reading

Vincent Kompany’s poor form a product of Manchester City’s overall malaise

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Kompany

The display turned in by Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany against Manchester United during a 4-1 win last season at the Etihad Stadium is not one you forget in a hurry. At the heart of Manuel Pellegrini’s back-four, the Belgian was … Continue reading

Europa League Round of 16: Draw, preview and predictions

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europa-league-round-of-16-draw

The UEFA Europa League is a competition that gets a lot of stick, but the last-32 of the tournament did plenty to endear itself to the watching soccer stratosphere. And the draw for the last-16 of the tournament has stirred anticipation … Continue reading