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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

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

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 20 – South Korea’s Sensational Run [VIDEO]

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  No. 20: South Korea’s Sensational Run (Japan & South Korea, 2002) Being the host nation or city in any tournament can typically gives rise to a duo of far removed scenarios. Some teams can crumble under the enormous pressure … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 21 – Total Football [VIDEO]

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No. 21: Total Football, (Germany, 1974) Every so often, one team can capture the imagination of the watching world. Typically, they are sides that play in a striking style, with unique ideas and ultimately, sample their fair degree of success. … Continue reading

Test Your Football Knowledge For A Chance to Win 2 Tickets to England vs Peru at Wembley

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The England national team will take to the field for the final time on home soil ahead of the World Cup when they meet Peru on Friday, May 30 2014. And Carlsberg are giving you the chance to be at … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 22 – Zidane Loses His Head [VIDEO]

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No. 22: Zidane Loses His Head, (Germany, 2006) Soccer is a game that can render you speechless. In awe at what you’ve just seen, dumfounded by what has happened out on the pitch. World Cup finals are occasions that regularly give rise … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 23 – Senegal Shock The World [VIDEO]

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No. 23: Senegal Shock The World (Japan & South Korea, 2002)  Nowadays it’s traditional for the host nation to play in the World Cup opener, but back in 2002, it was the current holders France who started the first ever … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 24 – Gemmill’s Solo Stunner For Scotland [VIDEO]

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No. 24: Gemmill’s Solo Stunner For Scotland (Argentina, 1978) Whilst it may seem an unfathomable prospect these days, Scotland were actually a very good soccer team towards the back end of the last century. I kid you not! Boasting arguably … Continue reading

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 25 – Donovan Sends The States Crazy [VIDEO]

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No. 25: Donovan Sends The States Crazy (South Africa, 2010) After draws in their opening two games of the 2010 World Cup, the United States Men’s National Team knew that they had a wonderful chance of making it to the knockout … Continue reading

The 25 Most Exciting World Cup Moments – Preview

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Can you believe it? It’s just 26 days until the World Cup gets underway in Brazil. The host nation will kick off the tournament against Croatia in the competition curtain raiser, paving the way for a month jam-packed with top … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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How often do we hear that old cliche in soccer, “this is our cup final”? A vital game, in which winning is the only option; nothing else will do. As we approach the final knockings of the European domestic campaign, … Continue reading

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

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“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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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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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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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