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
Why the animosity between Everton and Wayne Rooney has abated over time
Why the animosity between Everton and Wayne Rooney has abated over time

Just over ten years ago, Duncan Ferguson turned his finest performance of many in Everton colors. The rumbustious Scot rolled back the years on an atmospheric evening at Goodison Park, running amok amidst a terrified Manchester United defence and scoring the winning goal for the Toffees in a famous 1-0 […]

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend
Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

We’re edging ever closer to a thrilling climax in a clutch of European leagues, with much to play for at the top and bottom in various high-profile divisions. There are some wonderful rivalries to sample this weekend too, with the top two sides in England and Portugal set to battle […]

Everton’s history and connection with the iconic Prince Rupert’s Tower
Everton’s history and connection with the iconic Prince Rupert’s Tower

Editor’s note: World Soccer Talk writer Matt Jones recently went on a mission from his home on the Wirral to take photographs of Prince Rupert’s Tower in Liverpool, and to share his insight regarding the connection between the tower and the history of Everton Football Club. A soccer team’s crest is […]

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend
Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

There have been a host of burgeoning sides in European soccer this season and a lot will face difficult litmus tests this weekend. In Spain, England and Italy, various emerging outfits have come to the fore in the second half of the campaign and they each tackle a clash at the […]

Jurgen Klopp is the perfect candidate to push Manchester City towards a new era
Jurgen Klopp is the perfect candidate to push Manchester City towards a new era

There was an understandably uncomfortable angst in Jurgen Klopp’s voice as he announced that this season would be his last as Borussia Dortmund manager. After all, this is a man who had fashioned a sentimental affinity with all associated with BVB, setting in motion a seven-year tenure rife with extraordinary thrills. […]

Conquering Atletico can be a catalyst to glory for Real Madrid
Conquering Atletico can be a catalyst to glory for Real Madrid

Despite a stunning 2014, there have been criticisms aplenty since the turn of the year coming the way of Real Madrid’s players. Selfish, meek and lazy are the sorts of terms used to describe Carlo Ancelotti’s men as of late, more so given the manner in which they crumbled in […]

Brendan Rodgers must add stronger foundations for this Liverpool team to grow
Brendan Rodgers must add stronger foundations for this Liverpool team to grow

The runs enjoyed by Liverpool under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers have been some of the most enthralling in the Premier League era. Last season’s 11-game winning sequence pushed the Reds to within touching distance of the Premier League title. In the current campaign, the chain of games they embarked […]

Bayer Leverkusen making big strides under Roger Schmidt’s leadership
Bayer Leverkusen making big strides under Roger Schmidt’s leadership

It’s been a tough month for Bayer Leverkusen. In the German Cup, they held the German champions for 120 minutes, in the Champions League they held Spanish champions Atletico Madrid over two legs, but on both occasions, the Bundesliga outfit were eliminated on penalties. Heartbreaking for their supporters. With nothing left […]

Louis van Gaal enjoying renaissance at Manchester United ahead of derby
Louis van Gaal enjoying renaissance at Manchester United ahead of derby

After Manchester United sagged back into the pack last season following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, it was wholly apparent they were going to have many obstacles to conquer before surging back to the forefront of English football. Not only did the club have the enormous challenge of replacing […]

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend
Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

We’re edging ever closer to a thrilling climax in a host of European leagues, with titles, spots in Europe and survival all to play for in the remaining weeks on the calendar. The Premier League is set for a typically intriguing finale. Two games catch the eye in England this […]

Why Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez must win the PFA Player of the Year award
Why Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez must win the PFA Player of the Year award

The factors behind who ends up with the PFA Player of the Year award have been varied down the years. Some winners have been obvious, others have triumphed in closer races, with various tangible and intangible factors considered in determining the most worthy winner. But I like to think it should […]

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend
Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

It’s always wonderful when domestic soccer returns after the international break and the fixtures to sample this weekend have whetted the soccer appetite further as the end of season approaches in various division across Europe. Coming up, we’ve got a battle between Germany’s two biggest outfits, as well as clashes […]

Louis van Gaal bringing the best out of Marouane Fellaini
Louis van Gaal bringing the best out of Marouane Fellaini

His ragged mane, flailing arms and rangy somatotype make Marouane Fellaini one of the most outwardly complex-looking players around. But—those sharp elbows aside—there’s something fundamentally endearing about the manner in which the Manchester United midfielder plays the game. The Belgian has been central to the Red Devils’ emphatic victories over […]