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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

UEFA Europa League: In Defense Of Europe’s Second Tier Competition

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Atleti

“The Europa League, eh? Well, you’re going to struggle next season!” Unfortunately, European football’s second tier competition has managed to fashion itself a pretty diabolical reputation over the past few years. It’s a status so damaging that qualification for the … Continue reading

WATCH Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, 2010/11 La Liga; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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There was a sense of palpable anticipation on the cusp of Jose Mourinho’s first ever Clasico contest. Unbeaten in La Liga, the Portuguese boss seemed to have settled in to his new role well at the Bernabeu. Madrid had already … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Dzeko West Ham

The final few games of the campaign are wonderful. Nine months of grind seems geared towards these final knockings, as fans across the globe pray that their team has what it takes to stand up under pressure and get the … Continue reading

Experiencing The Premier League Run-In: The Heart Of English Football

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As a supporter, trying to grasp perspective during a wonderful run can be difficult. You become so immersed in your soccer team when it’s going well; reading every match report after a win, trawling through social media to sample opinions of … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Aguero Everton

Is there any scenario that makes it acceptable to want your own team to lose? In many respects, to pomp for the opposition goes against some of the game’s core mantras: Uniting behind a cause, backing 11 men who represent … Continue reading

Soccer’s Cyclical Nature Means There Will Never Be A “Right Way” To Play

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It’s no bad thing for a soccer team to have a clear stylistic identity. The annals of the game’s history are rife with iconic philosophies associated with different teams. Phrases like “Catenaccio,” “Total Football,” “Tiki-Taka” all stir memories of sides … Continue reading

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

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Atleti Fans

We seem to have come  a long way in such a short space of time during this UEFA Champions League campaign. After another competition of high drama, controversy and spades of quality, the finalists for this year’s competition are set. … Continue reading

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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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