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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

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

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cesc-fabregas

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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Guillem

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

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Arteta Pen

Qualification for the Champions League has become so vital for the biggest clubs in Europe. The glitz and glamor of the continent’s premier club competition is envied by supporters around the world, but it is the prestige and the financial … Continue reading

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

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The first-legs of four stellar quarterfinal ties were played out this week, as the eight remaining teams in the Champions League looked to keep their European dreams alive. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to pick a potential winner from the remaining … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Costa

Everyone loves an underdog story, don’t they? After all, a team or an individual triumphing against the odds is one of the great things about sport. But in soccer, the cutthroat, finance-geared nature of the modern game has diluted these … Continue reading

The Top 5 Must-See Soccer Matches On Television This Week

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Clasico

In many respects, scrapping down at the bottom of the league is what the game is all about. Only one team can win the title. Only three or four can make it into the Champions League. The rest? Well, it’s … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals: Predicting Who’ll Progress To The Last Four

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After a rip-roaring round of 16, the line-up for the Champions League quarterfinals was confirmed this morning. Given the quality of the teams remaining in the competition, we always knew we were going to be in store for some more … Continue reading