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
Vincent Kompany’s poor form a product of Manchester City’s overall malaise
Vincent Kompany’s poor form a product of Manchester City’s overall malaise

The display turned in by Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany against Manchester United during a 4-1 win last season at the Etihad Stadium is not one you forget in a hurry. At the heart of Manuel Pellegrini’s back-four, the Belgian was an indomitable presence, shutting out the Red Devils forwards with […]

Europa League Round of 16: Draw, preview and predictions
Europa League Round of 16: Draw, preview and predictions

The UEFA Europa League is a competition that gets a lot of stick, but the last-32 of the tournament did plenty to endear itself to the watching soccer stratosphere. And the draw for the last-16 of the tournament has stirred anticipation once again, with some intriguing ties plucked out of the […]

Why the Premier League needs to fix deteriorating atmospheres in English stadiums
Why the Premier League needs to fix deteriorating atmospheres in English stadiums

One thing that stood out when tuning into the UEFA Champions League matches over the last couple of weeks was the thunderous atmosphere conjured by a plethora of sides involved. Teams like Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus, Schalke, Paris Saint-Germain and Shakhtar Donetsk—at a stadium that wasn’t even their own, no less—were […]

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s potential is in danger of fizzling out at Arsenal
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s potential is in danger of fizzling out at Arsenal

In amongst the carnage of Arsenal’s loss to Monaco in the UEFA Champions League, one curious facet of their display was the cameo appearance of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England midfielder was brought on in place of Francis Coquelin at the base of the Gunners’ midfield with the Gunners chasing the […]

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

The destination of the first piece of domestic silverware in English soccer will be decided this weekend with the League Cup final set to be played at Wembley on Sunday. That clash between two local rivals is just one of a surfeit of cracking games to savor this weekend. In Italy, […]

Juventus looking to banish memories of 1997 match with Borussia Dortmund
Juventus looking to banish memories of 1997 match with Borussia Dortmund

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 two teams contested the 1997 European Cup final—but both sides […]

Roberto Martinez is setting dangerous precedent by persisting with Tim Howard
Roberto Martinez is setting dangerous precedent by persisting with Tim 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 eventually maybe even a transfer away. Throughout his career at […]

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

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. But the chasing teams face a difficult challenge in front […]

Europa League Round of 32: Preview and TV schedule
Europa League Round of 32: Preview and TV schedule

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 spotlight in the days to come, the Europa League represents […]

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

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 on the shoulder of the last defender before latching on […]

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

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 against Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona versus Manchester City, Juventus vs Dortmund […]

Champions League preview, predicted lineups, TV schedule and predictions
Champions League preview, predicted lineups, TV schedule and predictions

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 quality, as the remaining sides look to plot their path […]

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

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 Veron in situ, the Gialloblu were one of the finest […]

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

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 that tournament to look forward to, as well as a […]