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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

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

The Premier League Away Day Experience: The Heart Of English Football

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ETIHAD

For me, away days are the best thing about being an English football supporter. They encapsulate and preserve everything that is brilliant about the game: The passion and commitment of supporters traveling to watch their team. The elation when you … Continue reading

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

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RIVER FANS

It was difficult to pick out five fixtures for this weekend, as there are so many enticing encounters across the soccer landscape over the next couple of days. But in my eyes, here are the best five contests. There’s a … Continue reading

Arsenal’s Sensational Early Season Form Stems From A Summer Of Overdue Stability

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GIROUD

It has been a remarkable start to the season for Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side. Last night’s win against Napoli was just the latest in a campaign that seems to be churning victories out on a metronomic basis. Positivity … Continue reading

First Person Account of Everton Giving Newcastle The Monday Blues: The Heart Of English Football

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GOODISON UNDER LIGHTS

Editor’s note: Today marks the first column of a new weekly series by Matt Jones entitled ‘The Heart Of English Football’ that gives you insight into what it’s like to be a supporter who lives in England — capturing the … Continue reading

Liverpool’s 3-4-1-2 Formation The Best Way To Facilitate Talents Of Both Sturridge And Suarez

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SAS

Liverpool are second in the Premier League table after their emphatic 3-1 win over managerless Sunderland. The Reds, inspired by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, had far too much firepower for the Black Cats yesterday and never looked in real … Continue reading

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

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Galatasaray AS v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League

So, on the brink of another bumper weekend of soccer, we’ve scoured the globe (and the TV guides) to help pick the best five games for you to watch this weekend. So put your feet up and get ready to … Continue reading

Vincent Kompany Has Earned The Right To Be Considered Amongst World’s Best Defenders

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vincent-kompany

It’s not often that a defender is lauded as man-of-the-match following a 4-1 win. But after City trounced United in the season’s first Manchester derby, amongst the many contenders for the accolade was  Vincent Kompany, as the City captain put … Continue reading

Unbeaten Everton Already Reaping The Benefits Of Roberto Martinez’s Influence

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WHU EFC

It’s still there. That Everton spirit. The coveted togetherness that many predicted would cease the second David Moyes walked out of Goodison Park. In fact, it’s been more prominent than ever in the past seven days. It’s helped Everton to … Continue reading

Dortmund Showing That There’s Life After Gotze, But Can Aubameyang And Mkhitaryan Fire Them To Glory?

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MKHITARYAN PEA

Losing in the Champions League final is always something of a body blow. It’s even worse when you’re beaten by a domestic rival. And when that team has already snaffled your best player too? Well, that’s just piling on the … Continue reading

How New Signings Ozil, Eto’o, Barry, Eriksen, Sakho & Fellaini Fared In Their Debuts

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BARRY ETO'O

Having had to wait two weeks, supporters of Premier League clubs finally got to see some of their last-minute signings in action this weekend just gone. The capture of a new star stirs excitement amongst a fan base, but ahead … Continue reading

Everton vs Chelsea: Victory Over Mourinho’s Men Can Jolt Toffees’ Season To Life

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Norwich City v Everton - Premier League

After what seemed like an neverending hiatus from the joys of club football, it’ll be back in shed loads this weekend. This includes the Premier League of course, and arguably this weekend’s most high-profile encounter will be at Goodison Park as … Continue reading