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 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, […]

Chile vs. Uruguay: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times
Chile vs. Uruguay: Copa America quarter-final preview and TV times

There may well be a backdrop of festering smog in Santiago for the first Copa America quarter-final on Wednesday, but there’s little gloomy about the mood of the Chilean public as their team gear up for the last eight showdown with Uruguay. In a tournament that has been laced with […]

Top 5 players at Copa America 2015 so far
Top 5 players at Copa America 2015 so far

Up to this point, the Copa America has delivered on its reputation for chaotic soccer. Already we’ve seen shocks, last-gasp winners, brawls, stunning displays of fandom and one of the competition’s star attractions banned for the duration of the Copa. We haven’t even gotten into the knockout stages of the […]

Everton must do their utmost to keep James McCarthy at the club this summer
Everton must do their utmost to keep James McCarthy at the club this summer

Usually, defensive midfielders are some of the easiest players to replace in soccer.  While the role has become increasingly defined in recent years, if a man deployed to bring energy in the middle of the pitch is struck down with injury, loses form or is sold, they don’t typically leave that difficult […]

Copa America 2015 preview: Key players, squads and TV schedules
Copa America 2015 preview: Key players, squads and TV schedules

The Copa America’s propensity for springing surprises was thrillingly prevalent in 2011 when Uruguay beat Paraguay in the final. Four years on, soccer supporters from across the globe will be hoping for comparable drama as the 2015 edition of competition gets underway in Chile. Brazil and Argentina are the big […]

The history of the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy
The history of the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy

If Barcelona have enough to edge past Juventus in Berlin on Saturday evening, it’ll be the fifth time this storied club has won European soccer’s most coveted prize. In seasons gone by they would have been able to keep this iconic trophy after reaching this cornerstone mark, but a rule […]

Luis Suarez is the key to Barcelona victory in Champions League final
Luis Suarez is the key to Barcelona victory in Champions League final

For the reams of positive words that have been penned about Barcelona in the build-up to Saturday’s Champions League final, Luis Enrique’s team aren’t totally immaculate. They’ve actually slipped up in recent weeks. After going 2-1 ahead against Bayern Munich in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final, the La […]

If not Qatar then where? Where should the 2022 World Cup go?
If not Qatar then where? Where should the 2022 World Cup go?

When Loretta Lynch and Richard Weber addressed the watching world following the launch of the federal investigations into FIFA corruption, they were clear to emphasize that this process would be a long one. But in the wake of Sepp Blatter’s announcement that he’ll be resigning as president, already the organization’s […]

Rejuvenated Mesut Ozil will be key to Arsenal’s title challenge in 2015/16
Rejuvenated Mesut Ozil will be key to Arsenal’s title challenge in 2015/16

Some players need to be watched in detail to get an appropriate grasp of their impact. It’s not easy to do either; matches are typically taken in tackle-by-tackle, pass-by-pass, shot-by-shot, but if you consciously detach yourself from that pattern, sometimes other traits are revealed and a fuller appreciation of various duties […]

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

It’s the final weekend of domestic action in Europe, but with crucial league matches and major cup finals to sample, it’s probably the most intriguing round of matches we’ve had this season. Saturday will see the final of three major competitions, with the curtain set to come down on action […]

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

It’s all about survival in European soccer this weekend, with the key clashes in various divisions set to determine which teams will stay up. In England, the quest to preserve top-flight status will go down to the final day. Elsewhere, the top two sides in the MLS Eastern Conference go head-to-head […]

Pressure mounts on Newcastle’s John Carver after Derby sack Steve McClaren
Pressure mounts on Newcastle’s John Carver after Derby sack Steve McClaren

Derby County are set to confirm the departure of Steve McClaren imminently, potentially clearing the path for the former England boss to join Newcastle United next season. As reported by John Percy of the Daily Telegraph, the Rams have dismissed the 54-year-old after a poor domestic campaign that saw the club […]