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
Everton icon Duncan Ferguson deserves his testimonial date at Goodison Park
Everton icon Duncan Ferguson deserves his testimonial date at Goodison Park

Testimonials are typically a time to look back and wistfully reminisce. So after it was announced Everton would be hosting a belated one for former striker Duncan Ferguson against Villarreal, it was no surprise to see a poll running on the club’s official website recollecting some of the current first […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Aston Villa
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Aston Villa

The appointment of Tim Sherwood seemed to breath new life into Aston Villa in 2015, but despite avoiding relegation with ease, the previous campaign finished with a whimper, paving the way for a summer of substantial change at Villa Park. Villa’s Wembley date was ruined as they succumbed to a […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Arsenal
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Arsenal

After years of stubbornness from manager Arsene Wenger hampered Arsenal in pursuit of the Premier League title, the cerebral Frenchman seems to be learning overdue lessons that will enrich a renewed charge towards top spot in 2015-16. The first signs of which came during Arsenal’s fine run to the finish […]

2015/16 Premier League team preview: Bournemouth
2015/16 Premier League team preview: Bournemouth

Has there ever been a Premier League debutant quite as popular as Bournemouth? It’s tough to recall if so, as the Cherries drew unanimous acclaim last season after taking the Championship by storm, scoring goals for fun and securing promotion to the Premier League as worthy champions. The manner in […]

Arturo Vidal can inspire Bayern Munich to Champions League glory
Arturo Vidal can inspire Bayern Munich to Champions League glory

Genuine all-rounders are rare in soccer. Second strikers, No. 10s, inverted wingers and holding midfielders; trequartistas, registas and liberos; positions are specific and players are bracketed by increasingly defined criteria. But some bespoke players do possess those multifaceted traits, like Arturo Vidal. It’s what makes Bayern Munich’s acquisition of the […]

David Ospina would be an astute signing at Everton to replace Tim Howard
David Ospina would be an astute signing at Everton to replace Tim Howard

Goalkeepers have been a hot topic this summer. Iker Casillas being bombed out of Real Madrid, Manchester United’s David De Gea potentially replacing him, Arsenal finally signing a top-class No. 1 in Petr Cech; there’s been a fair share of spotlight trained on a facet of a squad which is […]

Chile vs Argentina: Copa America final preview and TV times
Chile vs Argentina: Copa America final preview and TV times

The supporters of the Chile and Argentina have been waiting a long time for some major silverware. Chile, who have been wonderful hosts of the 2015 Copa America, have never lifted an illustrious trophy throughout the soccer team’s existence. While fans of Argentina, although they’ve only been waiting for a meagre […]

Radamel Falcao worth the risk for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea
Radamel Falcao worth the risk for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea

Jose Mourinho clearly still sees something bright burning in Radamel Falcao. Not many positive points will have been accrued since the Colombian left Atletico Madrid for Monaco in the summer of 2013.  Even fewer in the subsequent season, when El Tigre toiled during a turbulent loan spell at Manchester United. […]

Argentina vs. Paraguay: Copa America semi-final preview and TV times
Argentina vs. Paraguay: Copa America semi-final preview and TV times

When Argentina and Paraguay met earlier on in this tournament, we were treated to arguably the very best match of the Copa America so far. The Albiceleste stormed into a two-goal lead at half time, but as they’ve showcased throughout the entirety of this competition, Los Guaranies are no soft […]

Chile vs. Peru: Copa America semi-final preview and TV times
Chile vs. Peru: Copa America semi-final preview and TV times

When Jorge Sampaoli took over the Chilean team back in 2013, La Roja were everyone’s favorite international team. The South Americans played with ambition, tenacity and variety, bringing things to the soccer scene that were refreshing and vibrant. But they weren’t necessarily a winning team. In truth, as a nation, […]

Brazil vs. Paraguay: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times
Brazil vs. Paraguay: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

Four years on from their elimination at the hands of Paraguay in the 2011 Copa America, Brazil have the opportunity to exact some revenge. But there are some stark similarities between each team in 2015 as they bid to book a place in the semi-finals. Again, as was the case […]

Argentina vs. Colombia: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times
Argentina vs. Colombia: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

Talk about a star-studded quarter-final! Argentina, in possession of some of the world’s finest attacking players and arguably the greatest natural talent of all time, going up against Colombia, a team who thrilled us all with some dynamic displays at the World Cup last summer, coming into this clash having […]

Peru vs. Bolivia: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times
Peru vs. Bolivia: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

For all the glamor that accompanies the Copa America, one of the most enjoyable facets of the tournament’s crazy set up is how it enhances the possibility for less illustrious sides to put together a prosperous run. This quarter-final clash between Peru and Bolivia is testament to that. The former […]

Everton sign Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona for £4.25 million
Everton sign Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona for £4.25 million

Gerard Deulofeu possesses many rare skills. The young winger can render opposition players ornamental with his array of attributes: quick feet, searing pace and a brash soccer arrogance that so often accompanies those that have had their game refined at Barcelona’s La Masia academy. But the Spaniard is curiously divisive. Indeed, […]