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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

Why It’s Time To Scrap Unwanted and Outdated FA Cup Replays

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FA Cup

Picture the scene: It’s FA Cup third round weekend and non-league Macclesfield Town are hosting Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. Steve Williams has just scored a lovely equalizing goal for the underdogs with 12 minutes to go, and a woefully out … Continue reading

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Liverpool and Everton Renaissance Can Only Mean Good Things For Roy Hodgson And England

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Rodgers Martinez

As a region, Merseyside is currently awash with positivity when it comes to soccer-related matters. Supporters of a red and blue persuasion have been equally boisterous about the prospects of their sides as we kick-off 2014, with Liverpool and Everton … Continue reading

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

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Messi Getafe

After a festive hiatus, domestic football is back in earnest across Europe. Whilst the Premier League continued to plough on through the December months, the vast majority of European leagues underwent a winter break. Most of the major leagues have … Continue reading

It’s Time To Accept Simulation As An Undesirable Yet Unpreventable Part Of Soccer

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Januzaj

Despite the clamour to hang, draw and quarter those players who like to take a tumble at the slightest touch, you must have a certain degree of, well, maybe not sympathy, but understanding as to why they fall to the … Continue reading

Experiencing The ‘Magic’ Of The FA Cup: The Heart Of English Football

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heart-of-english-football1

I admit it, I fell a little bit out of love with the FA Cup this past weekend. Don’t get me wrong, if Everton were to win the trophy this season I’d be celebrating until the 2015 final, but that … Continue reading

Experiencing Premier League Matches In Person During the Christmas Holidays: The Heart Of English Football

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heart-of-english-football1

A winter break? Say it aint so. The festive period is without doubt my favorite part of the English football calendar. Games come thick and fast, the third round of the FA Cup is on the horizon and it’s the … Continue reading

Everton Is The Perfect Place For Ross Barkley To Realize His Enormous Potential

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Barkley Swans

Bet you can guess what the most requested haircut will be in Merseyside this festive period: “Just shave it all off, lad.” This stems, of course, from Everton’s skin-headed assassin Ross Barkley and his marvelous showing that helped fire Everton … Continue reading

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

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Mata Arsenal

After a few weeks of running this feature, we’re starting to get the hang of picking out some cracking games for your viewing pleasure. Last weekend, we had 24 goals from our five feature games and this weekend we have … Continue reading

James McCarthy’s Return Will Help Everton To A Fruitful Festive Period

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McCarthy

Flying high in the table and cutting teams to ribbons with vibrant, offensive play, there has naturally been a lot of chatter about Everton this season. A section of it has been a little negative – perhaps born out of … Continue reading

Liverpool Revels Under Brendan Rodgers’ Blueprint; Sacked Andre Villas-Boas Should Take Note

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AVB BR

Identity is such an important concept in soccer. It’s formed by a variety of facets; from the badge, stadium, name, kit color and history. In the modern game, a key part of a team’s identity is the brand of soccer … Continue reading

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

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Kos MCFC

“I’m really tired.” “I don’t feel so good.” “You go on your own, I’ll only annoy you.” “What do you mean? I’ve already done mine!” Feel free to use any of the above excuses to help avoid Christmas shopping this … Continue reading

Experiencing the Thrilling Ride of Everton’s Last 2 Weeks: The Heart Of English Football

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heart-of-english-football1

What a week. It’s been a while since I last wrote about Everton, so let me fill you in on a wonderful few days for supporters of the club. I’d just about calmed down ahead of the home game against … Continue reading

Guide to All 32 FIFA World Cup 2014 Teams: Key Players, Predicted Line-Ups & More

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world-cup-draw-fifa

The draw and schedule for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been set in stone, but how much do you know of the 32 teams that will be playing in the tournament? World Soccer Talk has you covered with previews … Continue reading

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

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Bilbao

As we head towards the Christmas months, the soccer comes thick and fast. Whether teams are embarking on a convoluted set of festive fixtures or they’re looking to continue momentum up until the cusp of the winter break, getting December … Continue reading

The Merseyside Derby Experience: The Heart Of English Football

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heart-of-english-football1

The Merseyside Derby is a unique fixture. Granted, the ‘friendly derby’ tag is a little tired and not wholly accurate in the modern game. But supporters of Everton and Liverpool are a lot more accommodating and accepting of each other … Continue reading

Everton vs Liverpool Preview: Roberto Martinez Must Set A Positive Precedent In Maiden Merseyside Derby

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RM

As far as first impressions go, Roberto Martinez has made a pretty decent one at Everton. He is a amicable, studious and progressive manager. And these are all traits which have shone through in his early days at Goodison Park. … Continue reading

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

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Luis-Suarez-Celebration

With the World Cup roster settled, at long, long last we can look forward to extended spell of domestic soccer. Bliss indeed! And as some leagues start to simmer and take shape, others are drawing to a dramatic conclusion. The … Continue reading

Gerard Deulofeu Can Give Everton Merseyside Derby X-Factor

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Deulofeu

For so many years, Everton supporters have learned to fear the name ‘Gerrard’ in the build up to the Merseyside derby. But on the brink of the 221st meeting between the two sides, there is a name that might strike … Continue reading