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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

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

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Chicha LFC

Derbies are one of the best things about the game of soccer. They encapsulate the passion that accompanies the sport superbly; pre-game banter, on-the-pitch confrontations, superfluous managerial gesticulations on the sidelines and swathes of over-the-top supporter fandom in the stands. … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Round of 16 Games

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Arsenal's Fabianski saves a penalty

We have the first four of the eight Champions League quarterfinalists, as Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all booked their place in the final eight after their respective second leg ties this week. There were no major … Continue reading

Experiencing The FA Cup Quarterfinal In Person: The Heart Of English Football

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heart-of-english-football1

For those readers who haven’t been to London, it’s certainly an intriguing place. It’s unfathomably vast, hugely diverse and there’s something for absolutely everybody to do. The unwavering intensity of the place means I’d personally find it difficult to settle … Continue reading

Philipp Lahm’s Adaptability Will Inspire Bayern Munich and Germany To New Heights

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Lahm Guardiola

One my most vivid footballing memories from years gone by was watching the first game of the 2006 World Cup. It was a marvelous encounter between the hosts Germany and Costa Rica, and it began with a stunning goal from … Continue reading

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

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Campbell Cardiff

Rejoice! Rejoice! After the a couple of weeks when UEFA Champions League action provided some superb midweek relief, we were “treated” to international friendlies this time round. This weekend we’ve got a host of magnificent games to look forward to … Continue reading

With 10 Matches Remaining, How Will the 2013/14 Premier League Table Finish?

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PL TROPHY

There are just ten games to go in the Premier League (that’s right, just ten games!) and as the “games remaining” figure ticks into single figures for a host of teams this weekend, it really is the time of the … Continue reading

Why Does It Continue To Go Wrong For Arsenal?

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Arsenal Stoke

With Arsenal still effectively in the Premier League title race, still in the FA Cup and still in the UEFA Champions League, it probably seems a little misguided and somewhat pre-emptive to suggest that things are going “wrong.” But you … Continue reading

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

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Madrid Derby

It’s hard to believe just how quickly this season has gone. It only seems a matter of days ago that we were preparing for the opening weekend of the campaign, and here we stand more than two thirds of the … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From This Week’s Round of 16 Games

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BVB

The first legs of every last-16 Champions League tie were concluded this week and we’re beginning to establish a clearer picture of who looks likely to be challenging for the European Cup come the final in Lisbon on Saturday May … Continue reading

The Experience Of Attending Away Matches In London: The Heart Of English Football

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heart-of-english-football1

After witnessing Everton lose 1-0 to Tottenham in their recent Premier League outing in undeserved fashion, I decided to hold off on penning this piece. Not because the team had lost — I’ve fronted up previously, before you accuse me … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League: What We’ve Learnt From the Opening Round Of 16 Games

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Arsenal v Bayern Munich

The Champions League is back in earnest after the first-legs of the opening four knockout ties were played this week. As is typically the case with Europe’s premier club competition, we’ve already had our fair share of quality, controversy and … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League Team-By-Team Guide: Preview, Likely Lineups, Key Players and Predictions

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CL Preview

The resumption of the UEFA Champions League knockout phase is the prime indicator that the serious business is about to kick off in European soccer. It’s crunch time, in short, and teams will resume their respective European commitments with dreams … Continue reading

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

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Cazorla

Prepping this piece, I was very tempted to make this week’s feature a “Top Ten” games to watch, such is the outstanding calibre of the matches on offer this weekend. But for continuities sake, I decided to stick with five. … Continue reading

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

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Borini

If you’re completely fed up of the deadline day hyperbole (hang in there, not long to go now), then you’ll be glad to know there is a heap of soccer to watch this weekend. Yep that’s right. No rumours, no … Continue reading

Experiencing the Merseyside Derby In Person at Anfield: The Heart Of English Football

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heart-of-english-football1

Right, just to forewarn you all, if you’re upbeat after making it through to Wednesday and feeling pretty decent as a whole, this write-up might be best avoided; I don’t want to drag you down. We’ve got loads of brilliant … Continue reading

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

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Suarez FK

We’ve been a little spoilt this week. The domestic cup competitions in Spain and Italy have provided some excellent midweek entertainment, and have set us up nicely for another weekend crammed with wonderful action. But once again, we’re treated to … Continue reading

Juan Mata Capture Will Be A Catalyst For A Prosperous Summer Window At Old Trafford

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Mata

David Moyes looked as though he’d rather be anywhere else than at Old Trafford after Vito Mannone’s penalty save sent Sunderland to Wembley. As his eyes closed with forlorn disbelief, he depicted a man riddled with dejection and hopelessness. He … Continue reading

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

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Chica Chels

Right, here we go again. Clubs are back into the swing of things after the winter break and the early rounds of the domestic competitions in England and Spain have been boxed off. So teams should have total focus on … Continue reading