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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

Fluid England Show Plenty Of Promise As Peru Are Swept Aside

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England ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Peru in their final game on home soil ahead of the 2014 World Cup on Friday night. A sumptuous finish from Daniel Sturridge gave the Three Lions the lead before half time, before … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 12 – Gordon Banks’ Save Of The Century [VIDEO]

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No.12: Gordon Banks’ Save Of The Century (Mexico, 1970) In the rich history of the World Cup there are host of iconic moments that involve goalkeepers. Dino Zoff was the first ever ‘keeper to captain a team to glory when … Continue reading

Top 25 Twitter Accounts To Follow For World Cup 2014

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Twitter and soccer are a wonderful marriage. The social media platform has become a vital, virtual companion when watching the beautiful game, with immediate reaction instantly accessible at the touch of a button. But for those that are relatively new … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 13 – Luis Suarez Becomes The Scourge Of Africa [VIDEO]

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No. 13: Luis Suarez Becomes The Scourge Of Africa (South Africa, 2010) Soccer is a game that pits players with various moral dilemmas. Should you dive to win your team a penalty? Should you move the ball forward those extra few yards … Continue reading

UK World Cup TV Schedule For BBC and ITV Subscribers

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Got your wall chart pinned up? Sticker book nearly finished? Sweepstake sorted? The start of the 2014 World Cup is creeping ever closer. So if you’ve yet to sort out any of the aforementioned pre-World Cup rituals, here at World … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 14 – Michael Owen Bursts Onto The World Stage [VIDEO]

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No.14: Michael Owen Bursts Onto The World Stage (France, 1998) When it comes to World Cup memories, positive ones have been pretty scarce for England in recent years. Prosperous and promising qualifying campaigns have only paved the way for major tournament disappointment … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 15 – Brazil Crumble At The Maracana [VIDEO]

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No.15: Brazil Crumble At The Maracana (Brazil, 1950) If there’s any moment on our list that’s most applicable heading into the 2014 World Cup, it’s perhaps this one, when Brazil last hosted the tournament 64 years ago. Back then, the format … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 16 – The Black Panther Purrs [VIDEO]

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No.16: The Black Panther Purrs (England, 1966) The history of the World Cup is littered with players who have shone, but ultimately fallen just short of glory. Think of Michael Ballack in 2002 and Paul Gascoigne in 1990. But there … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 17 – Bergkamp Magic Downs Argentina [VIDEO]

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No.17: Bergkamp Magic Downs Argentina (France, 1998) There are certain moments when watching soccer that become etched into your memory. For me, Dennis Bergkamp’s marvelous goal in the 1998 World Cup is one of them. Already in this feature we’ve … Continue reading

World Cup 2014: Our Pick Who Will Lift The Trophy

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Who’s going to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup then? It’s a perilously difficult question to answer. Soccer—as the old cliché goes—isn’t won on paper. Most of the time, the team with the most desirable combination of players, manager and mentality … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 18 – Gol Di Grosso! Gol Di Grosso! [VIDEO]

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No. 18: Gol Di Grosso! Gol Di Grosso! (Germany, 2006) Is there a more gut-wrenching way to lose a game than in the very last minute of extra time? As a supporter, by that point you naturally cast your mind … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 19 – Poetry In Motion From La Albiceleste [VIDEO]

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No. 19: Poetry In Motion From La Albiceleste (Germany, 2006) One of the great things about soccer is the way in which supporters can appreciate different types of goals. A player in the mould of Cristiano Ronaldo picking the ball … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 20 – South Korea’s Sensational Run [VIDEO]

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  No. 20: South Korea’s Sensational Run (Japan & South Korea, 2002) Being the host nation or city in any tournament can typically gives rise to a duo of far removed scenarios. Some teams can crumble under the enormous pressure … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 21 – Total Football [VIDEO]

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No. 21: Total Football, (Germany, 1974) Every so often, one team can capture the imagination of the watching world. Typically, they are sides that play in a striking style, with unique ideas and ultimately, sample their fair degree of success. … Continue reading

Test Your Football Knowledge For A Chance to Win 2 Tickets to England vs Peru at Wembley

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The England national team will take to the field for the final time on home soil ahead of the World Cup when they meet Peru on Friday, May 30 2014. And Carlsberg are giving you the chance to be at … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 22 – Zidane Loses His Head [VIDEO]

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No. 22: Zidane Loses His Head, (Germany, 2006) Soccer is a game that can render you speechless. In awe at what you’ve just seen, dumfounded by what has happened out on the pitch. World Cup finals are occasions that regularly give rise … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 23 – Senegal Shock The World [VIDEO]

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No. 23: Senegal Shock The World (Japan & South Korea, 2002)  Nowadays it’s traditional for the host nation to play in the World Cup opener, but back in 2002, it was the current holders France who started the first ever … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 24 – Gemmill’s Solo Stunner For Scotland [VIDEO]

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No. 24: Gemmill’s Solo Stunner For Scotland (Argentina, 1978) Whilst it may seem an unfathomable prospect these days, Scotland were actually a very good soccer team towards the back end of the last century. I kid you not! Boasting arguably … Continue reading