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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

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

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 3 – Majestic Brazil Sweep Italy Aside [VIDEO]

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No.3: Majestic Brazil Sweep Italy Aside (Mexico, 1970) We’ve covered some wonderful sides in this feature. But none quite measure up to the Brazil team that won the World Cup in 1970. The men that donned the famous strip during … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 4 – Geoff Hurst’s Final Hat-Trick [VIDEO]

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No.4: Geoff Hurst’s Final Hat-trick (England, 1966) You don’t envy managers ahead of a World Cup final. For the players in the squad, it’s set to be the biggest occasion of their entire life. But the boss can only pick … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 5 – The Miracle of Bern [VIDEO]

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No.5: The Miracle of Bern (Switzerland, 1954) The wonderful Hungarian team of the 1950’s are one of the most commonly forgotten when it comes to the greatest soccer sides of all time. They played with a class, a quality and … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 6 – 17-year-old Pele Fires Brazil To Glory [VIDEO]

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No.6: A 17-year-old Pele Fires Brazil To Glory (Sweden, 1958) Making an impression as a young player is never easy. So it’s understandable that when we explore the history of the World Cup—the highest profile, most important soccer competition there … Continue reading

Roy Hodgson Should Be Embracing Ross Barkley’s Raw Talent, Not Stifling It

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Ten years ago, a young lad from Liverpool made a name for himself at a major international tournament. Nonplussed by the reputation of supposedly more illustrious opponents and unfazed by the pressure of the European Championships, Wayne Rooney dazzled at … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 7 – Ronaldo Gets His Redemption [VIDEO]

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No.7: Ronaldo Gets His Redemption (Japan & South Korea, 2002) The World Cup has peculiar patent for impinging both delight and despair on a host of the games most iconic figures. Men that like Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 8 – Jorge Burruchaga, Argentina’s Unlikely Hero [VIDEO]

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No.8: Jorge Burruchaga, Argentina’s Unlikely Hero (Mexico, 1986) It’s difficult to quantify a moment. So far in this series we’ve had instances that last a few seconds, classic games played over 90 minutes at least and even staggering runs that … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 9 – Andres Iniesta Wins It For Spain [VIDEO]

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Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds up the World Cup trophy.

No.9: Andres Iniesta Wins It For Spain (South Africa, 2010) Spain lost their opening game of the 2010 World Cup against Switzerland. There were stratospherically high hopes for Vincent Del Bosque’s side after their win in the European Championships had … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 10 – Zinedine Zidane The Man For France, Mystery Surrounds Ronaldo [VIDEO]

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No.10: Zinedine Zidane The Man For France, Mystery Surrounds Ronaldo (France, 1998) As a soccer player, can anything possibly top winning a World Cup in front of your supporters? Having dealt with the pressure, the expectation and the hyperbole that … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 11 – Toni Schumacher Flattens Patrick Battiston [VIDEO]

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No.11: Toni Schumacher Flattens Patrick Battiston (Spain, 1982) Sometimes no matter how encapsulating a contest is, an unsavoury moment can overshadow it. In the 1982 World Cup, the semi-final between France and West Germany was an absolute classic. One of … Continue reading