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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

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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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

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