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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

Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini made familiar errors in naive display against Barcelona

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Suarez

Manchester City looked as though they’d turned a corner in the Stadio Olimpico during their 2-0 win against AS Roma. Manuel Pellegrini and his team were happy to relinquish some initiative against a fine Giallorossi side, remained compact and when … Continue reading

Juventus looking to banish memories of 1997 match with Borussia Dortmund

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BVB

When the draw for the UEFA Champions League last-16 was made, the tie between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund is one that immediately stood out for a plethora of reasons. Not only is this a game that harbors some historical significance—these … Continue reading

Roberto Martinez is setting dangerous precedent by persisting with Tim Howard

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Howard

There seems to be something quite taboo when it comes to dropping high-profile players in the current age. The power players have in the game means the slightest discrepancy or disagreement can prompt some unrest, a few public quotes and … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Spurs

The Premier League takes center stage once again this weekend and there are three standout matches to sample. While the race for the title in England’s top flight is becoming increasingly one-sided, there’s still an outside chance of a fightback. … Continue reading

Europa League Round of 32: Preview and TV schedule

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Sevilla

A quick look at the teams involved in the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League this season and you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a Champions League draw. While the top tier of European soccer will rightly hog the … Continue reading

Wayne Rooney proves that simulation is more entrenched than ever in English soccer

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Rooney

England manager Roy Hodgson had a chance to make a stance of sorts on diving during his television appearance for the BBC during Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Preston North End in the FA Cup last night. Granted, not an … Continue reading

Understated Olivier Giroud giving Arsenal a vital edge to their attacking play

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Olivier Giroud

At first glance, Olivier Giroud’s stylistic make-up means he probably shouldn’t be flourishing in this Arsenal team. The Gunners’ clutch of elusive, incisive attacking midfield players would typically be suited to a sharp, nippy centre-forward; a player who can loiter … Continue reading

Win up to $20,000 in the Draft11.com Champions League fantasy game

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draft11-website

After a break of 69 days, the UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday, February 17 with the prospect of several exciting number of Round of 16 1st leg games to be played through February 25. Take your pick from Chelsea … Continue reading

Champions League preview, predicted lineups, TV schedule and predictions

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Real

The knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League typically churns out some of the most dramatic soccer matches of the entire campaign and we don’t have to wait long until the last-16 gets underway. This season’s competition is packed with … Continue reading

Parma’s road to ruin and how the once proud Italian club were sold for $1

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Parma

During some of my very early interactions with Italian soccer during the late 1990s and early 2000s, it quickly became clear that Parma was a team well worth watching. With players like Lilian Thuram, Gianluigi Buffon, Hernan Crespo and Juan Sebastian … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Jedinak

The previous round of the FA Cup was fantastic to watch, and supporters across the globe will be on alert again for upsets when the competition gets back underway again this weekend. There are two intriguing ties to savor from … Continue reading

Atletico Madrid’s emerging dominance is turning them into everyone’s second favorite team

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Atl

There was an unmistakeable arrogance about Atletico Madrid as they took apart city rivals Real Madrid 4-0 at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.  It wasn’t the kind of flash haughtiness that’s  associated with Los Blancos either. Instead, Diego Simeone’s side … Continue reading

Everton must relish underdogs tag in Merseyside Derby showdown against Liverpool

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Liverpool v Everton - Premier League

Aside from the Merseyside Derby played at Anfield earlier in the season—when both teams involved were at an especially low ebb—Everton have gone into these ferocious contests boasting a degree of rightful expectation. Last season, the Toffees were vying closely with Liverpool … Continue reading

Spurs primed to move into Champions League spot with win against Arsenal

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harry-kane-alexis-sanchez

There are plenty that have been unyieldingly willing to dismiss Tottenham Hotspur this season. The club’s wonderful patent for turning around games and notching winners late on away from home has been attributed to luck by a lot, while the consistently … Continue reading

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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Gimenez

It’s not often we get to sample three of European football’s most iconic derby matches on the same day, back to back. The North London, Madrid and Merseyside rivalries capture the passion of a local rivalry like few other fixtures in … Continue reading

Everton loan the perfect chance for Aaron Lennon to revive his toiling career

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aaron-lennon

From an Everton standpoint, the modus operandi in the loitering embers of the winter transfer window was pace. Someone who replace the raw, capricious, direct void left by Gerard Deulofeu. Maybe someone who could add an effective edge to a … Continue reading

Why West Ham could overtake Spurs both on and off the pitch in future years

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West Ham

These are exciting times for West Ham United. Not only is the current crop playing with a new-found gusto, not only are they eyeing up a potential European finish in the Premier League but beyond this encapsulating campaign—regardless of what … Continue reading

Evaluating whether the 3-5-2 is a fad or a crucial facet in formations for the future

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usa-starting-xi

Playing a formation consisting of three central defenders has long been perceived as taboo by your average soccer fan. While fillips of overseas influences have creeped into the English game and wholesomely enhanced it, the comfort in England and the USA … Continue reading