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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 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

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

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Ronaldo

Of all the international breaks on the soccer calendar, this one will probably be the most enjoyable. With the World Cup on the horizon and many of the play-off ties already in motion, we see some impassioned, dramatic and – … Continue reading

Where to Watch Serie A On US TV and Internet This Weekend: Gameweek 12

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juventus-napoli

Torino put an end to Roma’s perfect record in round 11, but the Giallarossi are still unbeaten and top of the Serie A standings. The Granata were the first team to avoid defeat against the capital club this season, securing … Continue reading

Interview With Patrick Barclay: The Art Of Football Writing

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patrick-barclay

In the latest of our Art of Football Writing series, I had the distinct pleasure of chatting to author and writer Patrick Barclay. In short, Paddy is one of the most talented and esteemed writers around. He has written for … Continue reading

Tottenham Have A Fine Framework In Place To Build Towards A Promising Future

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Spurs

There’s been a fair bit of criticism for Tottenham following their 0-0 draw with Everton. Second place was there for the taking for either side, but the two teams canceled each other out and a draw was ultimately a fair … Continue reading

The Experience Of Going to a Home Match at Everton’s Goodison Park: The Heart of English Football

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heart-of-english-football1

I still get those butterflies when I wake up on a match day. I remember going to my first ever game about twenty years ago and being gripped with anticipation and excitement. That feeling has never changed as I’ve grown … Continue reading

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

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Athens Derby

The top-class soccer is enjoyably relentless at the moment. Trawling through this weekend’s contests, I had another dilemma on what games to select for our weekly must-watch selection. So much so, that I’ve included a few honorable mentions this week. … Continue reading

Andre Villas-Boas is Correct About Subdued Spurs Support, But It’s Not Exclusive To White Hart Lane

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AVB

Tottenham’s manager Andre Villas-Boas took the brave step of criticizing his club’s own supporters after their 1-0 win over Hull City. Villas-Boas was unhappy with the atmosphere created for his players at White Hart Lane and was quoted post-match saying … Continue reading

Premier League Away Day Experience At Villa Park: The Heart Of English Football

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heart-of-english-football

Villa Park is one of my favorite grounds in England. It’s what you’d call a proper stadium; home to an established club and accompanied by a set of knowledgeable, passionate supporters. The home of Aston Villa has preserved so much … Continue reading

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

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FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF  - Liga BBVA

Do you have plans this weekend? You might want to think about canceling them. It was difficult to pick just five games this week’s ‘must watch’ selection, as the fixture computers from across the globe have churned out a succession … Continue reading

Borussia Dortmund Are A Formidable Proposition Given Their Killer Instinct And Supreme Talent

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BVB

Borussia Dortmund ended Arsenal’s perfect European record with a 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium in week 3 of the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp’s side were not at their best throughout the contest, but showcased a clinical, killer instinct far … Continue reading

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Is Hypocritical In His Criticism Of Cardiff City

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Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been lambasting Cardiff City for time-wasting during his side’s 4-1 win over the South Wales team. The Portuguese chief was sent to the stands for venting his fury at officials after what he believed to … Continue reading

Inaugural London Sports Writing Festival Illuminates Lords Cricket Ground

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London Sports Writing Festival

Lords Cricket Ground, one of Great Britain’s most iconic sporting venues, hosted the inaugural London Sports Writing Festival this weekend. The event saw some of the most talented sports writers around combine with a host of Britain’s most popular sporting … Continue reading

It’s Time For Troubled Chicharito To Leave Manchester United

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CHICHA

After a stuttering start to his campaign with Manchester United, the international break should have offered some welcome relief for Javier Hernandez. But anyone who has followed Mexico’s most recent qualifying campaign will have known this to be unlikely, as … Continue reading

The Fall And Rise Of Chester Football Club

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Deva_Stadium

Chester is a city in the North-West of England that strays close to the Welsh border. It is a fascinating part of the country, steeped in culture and rife with historical relevance. Once a Roman fort situated in an ideal … Continue reading

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

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ghana-egypt

International weekends are often a bit of a downer. But at least this weekend we’ve got some pretty decent, competitive fixtures to look forward to, rather than the pointless friendly games that regularly punctuate the domestic calendar. It helps too … Continue reading

Leighton Baines Must Take His Chance And Show Why He’s England’s Best Left-Back

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BAINES COLE

When the news broke that Ashley Cole was out of England’s crucial game against Montenegro and possibly the team’s next fixture against Poland, the hyperbole that usually accompanies the withdrawal of a key England player was unnervingly absent. It wasn’t … Continue reading