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Author Archives: Matt Jones

About Matt Jones

Matt Jones is an Everton supporter living in Merseyside, England. He has a enormous passion for the Toffees and travels far and wide to watch them in action. Not to mention an significant interest in all aspects of European football. Completely at ease with the fact he is a football nerd, Matt has a huge interest in tactical and statistical side of the game. Matt’s writing has featured on Soccerlens, Bleacher Report and in the Liverpool Echo. Follow him on Twitter for more football chatter @MattJFootball

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Borini Chelsea

In my household, Sunday’s have always been synonymous with soccer. For me, the ideal weekend would be to watch my team win on the Saturday before settling in for a full day of soccer on the Sunday. That includes highlights … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Semi-Finals

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Reyes De Europa

The semi-final stages of the UEFA Champions League are typically tight, tense affairs. Especially the first-leg of the ties, where neither team wants to give an inch; after coming so far, it’s understandable that the modus operandi for managers at … Continue reading

Manchester United Got The Wrong Man: How Moyes’ Failure Puts Roberto Martinez’s Everton Season Into Perspective

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Moyes Martinez

In soccer, taking the reigns at a club after the departure of an enormously significant figure is always a perilously difficult task. For managers, the man who follows “the man” is often handed a poisoned chalice; unable to live up to the magnitude of his predecessor … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Lukaku OT

Home advantage counts for a lot. When preparing this feature, great sides traveling to tough venues is always one of the things I look for; it typically makes for an excellent contest. Games where the fans will galvanize their team, … Continue reading

WATCH Brazil vs. Italy, 1982 World Cup Second Round; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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At the 1982 World Cup, the Brazilian national team were establishing a burgeoning reputation as the darlings of the tournament. With players like Zico and Socrates, their brand of enterprising, vibrant football was a joy to behold as they steamrollered … Continue reading

The Thrill of Chasing UEFA Champions League Qualification: The Heart of English Football

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The last time I wrote one of these columns, Everton’s season looked all but done. A 4-1 defeat in the FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal seemed to have put an end to the Toffees’ challenging for anything of note in … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Week

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Kop End

So often within a long, arduous league campaign a title can hinge on the result of one game. Sure if you want to be crowned champions there is a demand to be consistent over the entirety of the season. Sure … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Quarter-Finals

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Calderon

Just four teams remain in the UEFA Champions League, and after a quartet of exceptional quarter-final ties, this tournament seems intent on getting better and better. At this juncture, each of the four sides left in the competition know they’re … Continue reading

Interview With Guillem Balague About Messi, Barca, Atleti, Liverpool and More

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Guillem

Everton’s Goodison Park hosted an “Evening of Spanish Football” last week that saw three iconic figures in the Spanish game share their opinions with an audience of hundreds. On stage, Sky Sports’ Spanish soccer expert Guillem Balague, Real Madrid legend … Continue reading

WATCH Bayern Munich vs Manchester United, 1999 Champions League Final; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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Editor’s note: This marks the first of a new series, entitled ‘The Full 90 Minutes,’ at World Soccer Talk where we bring you classic matches from years gone by. The concept of the series is that we’ll hand pick the … Continue reading

Everton vs Arsenal: Toffees Must Seize Their Champions League Chance

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EFC Fans

Back in June 2013, Roberto Martinez was unveiled to the media as Everton’s new manager. To his left, the Toffees’ wide-eyed chairman Bill Kenwright waxed lyrical over the acquisition of the Catalan, rattling off the credentials that convinced him the … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Arteta Pen

Qualification for the Champions League has become so vital for the biggest clubs in Europe. The glitz and glamor of the continent’s premier club competition is envied by supporters around the world, but it is the prestige and the financial … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Quarter-Finals

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2014-uefa-champions-league-final

The first-legs of four stellar quarterfinal ties were played out this week, as the eight remaining teams in the Champions League looked to keep their European dreams alive. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to pick a potential winner from the remaining … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Costa

Everyone loves an underdog story, don’t they? After all, a team or an individual triumphing against the odds is one of the great things about sport. But in soccer, the cutthroat, finance-geared nature of the modern game has diluted these … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Week

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Clasico

In many respects, scrapping down at the bottom of the league is what the game is all about. Only one team can win the title. Only three or four can make it into the Champions League. The rest? Well, it’s … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals: Predicting Who’ll Progress To The Last Four

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After a rip-roaring round of 16, the line-up for the Champions League quarterfinals was confirmed this morning. Given the quality of the teams remaining in the competition, we always knew we were going to be in store for some more … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Round of 16 Games

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Robin-van-Persie-Manchester United-Olympiacos-Champions-League

The quarterfinal line-up for the Champions League is complete after the second legs of the final four last-16 ties were played out this week. And if you cast your eyes over the teams that remain, this season’s tournament is shaping … Continue reading

Brendan Rodgers, the Catalyst for Liverpool’s Remarkable Rise

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Rodgers Old Trafford

Manchester United supporters bellowed out “20 times, 20 times” in the final minutes of their clash with Liverpool on Sunday. Despite being 3-0 down to their great rivals after an insipid display, they remained resilient, reminding the traveling fans from … Continue reading