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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

Dusan Tadic Embodies Southampton’s Class in Premier League

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Tadic

While Southampton’s astonishing rise this season can be attributed to a plethora of different qualities—defensive fortitude, astute management and astounding togetherness, to name but a few—there are few players in the current squad that embody the positive strides made by … Continue reading

Everton Faces an Ideal Opportunity to Accrue Some Vital Impetus in Clash Against City

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Everton

That’s right, for Everton—who have lost four consecutive Premier League games—a match against Manchester City—the in-form, reigning champions—is the ideal game to breath some life back into their stuttering campaign. Still with me? As is obvious already, the aforementioned premise … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Atleti

Barcelona’s final day La Liga decider with Atletico Madrid was one of the highlights of 2014 and the two sides will meet again this weekend for the first time since that encapsulating afternoon. In addition to that enticing clash, we’ve … Continue reading

Romelu Lukaku’s Rescue Act The First Step On Everton’s Long Road To Recovery

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Everton v West Ham United, Britain - 6 Jan 2015

Gripped by the elation of a late Romelu Lukaku goal, the humdrum of Everton supporters slinking out of Goodison Park at the end of their third round FA Cup tie heralded a significant moment. It’d be naive to brand it as … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Week

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Gerrard

New year, new you, but still loads and loads of great soccer. The dawn of a new year brings one of the most exciting weekends of the English football season—even if it is spread over five days this time round—as … Continue reading

Collective Effort Needed to Awaken Everton from Their Midseason Slumber

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Martinez

Evertonians sampled defeat for the second successive Boxing Day on home soil, but unlike a year ago, there were major concerns emitting from those supporters in attendance and in the following hours on social media. Last season, Everton—reduced to 10 … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Skrtel

We’re on the cusp of the Christmas period, and although that might mean different things for clubs scattered across the globe, the need for points is no less vital. It’s conceivable that there’s no worse feeling than going into a … Continue reading

Wilfried Bony Cementing Himself as One of Premier League’s Top Strikers

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Bony

Attacking players can hurt defenses in a myriad of different ways. Some go about their job with a brute physicality, never letting a defender settle, imposing themselves aerially and generally being a nuisance. Others are a little more subtle, dropping … Continue reading

Frank Lampard Can Still Play a Vital Role for Manchester City

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frank-lampard

As the twilight of players’ careers typically approach, pace, intensity and fitness typically dwindle. But for those few who have made a career out of sticking the ball in the back of the net, that desirable attribute of being in … Continue reading

2014 FIFA Club World Cup Preview and Where to Find Games on US TV

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Club World Cup

Being crowned as the champions of world club soccer doesn’t command the reverence you might expect. The FIFA World Club Cup often disrupts the domestic campaigns of a host of teams involved and subsequently, it’s seen by many supporters as … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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Gerrard

Momentum is a word that’s thrown around regularly in soccer, and it’s a valuable, intangible commodity for managers. Especially at this time of year with the fixtures coming up thick and fast ahead of a frenetic festive period. The best … Continue reading

Brendan Rodgers Gets It Badly Wrong, As Liverpool Blow Champions League Chance

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Liverpool FC v FC Basel 1893 - UEFA Champions League

Not even a stirring Anfield evening could save them from elimination. Nor could a patented moment of magic from Steven Gerrard at the Kop end on a brisk European night. Not this season, not this Liverpool team. The Reds crashed … Continue reading

Everton USA Launches Website And Official Affiliation With Club

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EFC USA

Everton have announced a new partnership with Global Football America, the company that runs the Toffees’ official supporters’ club—Everton USA—in the United States. The agreement, which is the first of it’s kind in European football, will see the Toffees provide … Continue reading

UEFA Double Down On Promotion/Relegation: Pros and Cons of the Nations League

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UEFA

Plans were rolled out this week for the UEFA Nations League — a new international league structure featuring promotion and relegation for European nations, and while it may sound like a political conglomerate, it’s going to be a very real … Continue reading

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Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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2010 MLS Cup - FC Dallas v Colorado Rapids

It’s almost that time of year again. When the games come thick and fast, when every night of the week yields an intriguing clash to sample. But for some leagues the action is fast approaching an intriguing climax. The MLS … Continue reading

Why It’s Time For Everton To Replace Tim Howard According to an Evertonian

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Howard

Tim Howard was thrust into stratospheric standing amongst Americans with his heroic performances at the World Cup. Lauded by all, branded as the “Secretary of Defense,” indulging in nonchalant phone calls with the President and co-commentating Premier League games for NBCSN; … Continue reading

5 of the Worst Owners and Chairmen In English Football History

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Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Liverpool v Sunderland - Anfield

Every now and then we all get a little bit frustrated with the higher-ups at of our respective clubs. We all want to see a little more money invested, a few more players drafted in and a dose of extra … Continue reading

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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LA

Sundays are typically the best day of the week for soccer supporters. You can lay on the couch sampling a string of engrossing games with thoughts of the Monday morning alarm locked away at the back of your mind. And … Continue reading