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June 2010

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Gueye signing is confirmed
Baines also pens new five-year deal
30 Jun - Everton have announced confirmation of the capture of Strasbourg striker, Magaye Gueye, for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £900,000. A deal with the French club was agreed earlier this week and the 19-year-old, who is a France U-21 international, put pen to paper on a five-year contract today. Gueye is the third striker signed by David Moyes this summer following the arrivals of Jermaine Beckford and Joao SIlva. Also signing on the dotted line today was Leighton Baines who extended his current contract until 2015.

Everton unveil 2010-11 home strip
Elegant in its simplicity
30 Jun - Everton took the veil off the Club's home strip for the 2010-11 season today, a refreshingly simple contrast to the lurid pink away strip. Free of the usual embellishments that plague most football kits, the new jersey is all blue apart from a contoured seam across the chest in the shape of the dark blue panel that adorns the away shirt. The kit goes on general sale on 15th July but you can pre-order online through

The Dutch march on
Holland 2 - 1 Slovakia
28 Jun - Johnny Heitinga became the last surviving Everton representative in the World Cup after Holland beat Slovakia in Durban. Jan Mucha was beaten in the 23rd minute by a typical Aaren Robben goal that set the tone for this 2nd Round game but he produced a string of good saves including one off his face to keep the Dutch largely at bay. However, he was guilty of advancing too far and failing to deny Kyut who set up Schneider for the winner. Vittek finally scored from the spot with the last kick of the game after missing a couple of good chances for Slovakia.

USA beaten in extra time by Ghana
USA 1 - 2 Ghana AET
26 Jun - Tim Howard's World Cup adventure is over after the USA succumbed to Ghana for the second time in four years. Again the Americans put themselves in a hole by conceding an early goal following an error in midfield from which Kevin Prince Boateng fired in the opener. The US roared back in the second half and Landon Donovan converted a penalty that forced extra time. Unfortunately, Bob Bradley's side were opened up again within three minutes of the restart, Asamoah Gyan smashing home what proved to be the winner as the US struggled to find the energy and penetration to find another way back.

Italy sent packing; NZ leave undefeated
Slovakia 3 - 2 Italy || Paraguay 0 - 0 New Zealand
24 Jun - Another day of drama in South Africa saw a fantastic finish to Group E, where Everton's future 'keeper Jan Mucha was well stretched as Italy scrambled to save themselves after going behind 2-0 and then 3-1 to a determined Slovakia. Twice the Azzuri came back to within a goal in the closing stages, first when Mucha couldn't hold a shot that was put home by Di Nitale and then when Quagliarella scored with an exquisite 92nd-minute chip. But Slovakia hung on and Italy went out, joined by plucky New Zealand who couldn't find the quality to break down Paraguay in the other game. In Group F, John Heitinga's Holland finished top thanks to a 2-1 win over Cameroon and Denmark's ex-Everton contingent of Lars Jacobsen and Per Kroldrup were dumped out by Japan.

Cahill scores but Aussies fall just short
Australia 2 - 1 Serbia || Germany 1 - 0 Ghana
23 Jun - Tim Cahill's World Cup dream is over as Australia fell just short of making a stunning recovery from that heavy defeat to Germany in their first game. With the Germans ending up beating Ghana in the other Group D game, the Socceroos needed to beat Serbia with a hatful and though they roared into a 2-0 second-half lead thanks to a headed goal by Cahill and a 25-yard stunner by Bret Holman, the Serbs pulled one back and with no further goals, the Aussies were eliminated on goal difference.

Injury-time heroics see USA through
USA 1 - 0 Algeria || Slovenia 0 - 1 England
23 Jun - A dramatic injury-time goal by American talisman, Landon Donovan, put the USA on top of Group C on goals scored and into the knockout phase with England who edged Slovenia with a nervy 1-0 win. After Algeria hit the bar early on, Clint Dempsey had the ball in the net for Bob Bradley's side but the "goal" was erroneously chalked off for offside. As chances went begging, the US were facing elimination until a fast break initiated by Tim Howard ended with Donovan ramming home in dramatic fashion after the 'keeper spilled the ball as Dempsey tried to turn Altidore's cross home. The Americans will play Ghana on Saturday.

Miracle eludes S. Africa, Nigeria also out
South Africa 2 - 1 France || Nigeria 2 - 2 South Korea
22 Jun - Everton's African contingent is heading home after South Africa and Nigeria were eliminated from the group stage of the World Cup Finals. Steven Pienaar and Bafana Bafana surged into a 2-0 lead over France and spurned a chance for 3-0 when Mphela rattled the post early in the second half. But though Uruguay did their bit for the tournament hosts by beating Mexico, 10-man France pulled one back and SA were eliminated on goal difference. In Group B, Argentina's win over Greece meant that Nigeria just had to beat South Korea to advance but they surrendered a 1-0 lead to trail 2-1, leveled the game at 2-2 through a Yakubu penalty but couldn't find the winner late on. The Yak had earlier executed the miss of the tournament when he somehow side-footed wide of an empty net from two yards out and Obafemi Martins also clipped a great chance wide.

USA robbed in Johannesburg
Slovenia 2 - 2 USA
18 Jun - Tim Howard and the USA were robbed of a thrilling victory at Ellis Park in Johannesburg by an apparently erroneous call for a foul as defender Maurice Edu buried a late free kick that would have made it 3-2. The States fell behind 2-0 in the first half to goals by Birsa and Ljubijankic but former Everton winger Landon Donovan rammed an absolutely superb goal into the roof of the net from a narrow angle shortly after half-time and Michael Bradley's cool finish leveled matters, setting up what looked to have been the perfect comeback but the referee from Mali chalked off the "goal" for reasons known only to him.

Howard will start against Slovenia
18 Jun - Tim Howard and the USA will play their second game in Group C this afternoon looking to take a giant step towards the second phase with victory over Slovenia. Howard will play despite injuring his ribs in the 1-1 draw with England and there is yet more good press for him with this piece by Jeff Carlisle on the ESPN Soccernet site. Particularly pleasing, given the propensity of the US media to regard Everton as a lower-tier club than the Champions League darlings, is Tim's comment about his immediate future: "I love Everton. I think we're in touching distance [of the CL]... I believe in our team. I think it's disrespectful when players talk about other clubs. It's a disgrace really, people always flogging themselves for another contract."

All goes wrong for Super Eagles
Greece 2 - 1 Nigeria
17 Jun - Nigeria have a very slim chance of making the next phase at the World Cup Finals in South Africa following a second successive defeat in Group B. They got a lucky break to take the lead against Greece, scoring a soft goal from a free kick but a moment of madness by Sami Kiata, reacting stupidly by kicking out after a nothing throw-in incident, saw him get straight red and the game turned. Greece took advantage, running out 2-1 winners, though Yakubu might have scored as Nigeria broke when a horrendous Joseph Yobo error was cleared, but was denied by the 'keeper. Both Everton players could be on their way home next week unless Argentina beat Greece and the Super Eagles secure a big win in their final game against South Korea.

Pienaar's SA struggle in Pretoria
South Africa 0 - 3 Uruguay
16 Jun - Steven Pienaar's South Africa are in grave danger of becoming the first host nation not to advance to the second phase after an emphatic defeat at the hands of Uruguay in the capital, Pretoria. Diego Forlan scored a goal in each half, the second a penalty with 10 minutes to go after goalkeeper Khune was red-carded for his foul on Suarez. Pereira added a third in injury time. Pienaar had been much more involved than was the case against Mexico last Friday before being substituted to make way for the reserve 'keeper after 80 minutes but Bafana Bafana were desperately poor overall.

Red card nightmare for Cahill
Germany 4 - 0 Australia
13 Jun - Tim Cahill's World Cup could be over after he was very harshly sent off after 56 minutes by the tournament's worst official so far for a nothing tackle on Schweinsteiger. Germany already had the Socceroos on the rack by that point having powered into a 2-0 lead in a first half in which Cahill was a virtual spectator. Australia conceded twice more as Joachim Loew's side toyed with them in the second half and, assuming it isn't overturned on appeal, the resulting two-match ban for Cahill will make their chances of progressing from a tough group all the harder.

England 1 - 1 USA
Howard helps USA thwart England
12 Jun - The much anticipated World Cup match-up in Rustenburg ended all square, with the strongest Everton connection making a decisive impact on proceedings. After Steven Gerrard had given England an early lead, Robert Green suffered a momentary lapse of concentration that gifted the USA the equaliser later in the first half. As expected it was a tight affair but Tim Howard proved an indomitable force in the American goal, while Green redeemed himself somewhat by pushing Jozy Altidore's shot onto the post after he'd easily muscled his way past Jamie Carragher.

Pienaar has a quiet opener
South Africa 1 - 1 Mexico
11 Jun - The 2010 World Cup kicked off with Steven Pienaar featuring as very much the star man for the host nation... but playing in the middle, the game mostly passed him by. South Africa, initially abysmal, survived a Mexican onslaught thanks to a rarely seen offside decision that denied them the first goal. That was scored in superb fashion in the second half by Siphiwe Tshabalala, a fantastic finish. Mexico finally got their just desserts, thanks to some terrible South African defending, a little before Pienaar was subbed off for the last 10 mins. Katlego Mphela squandered a gilt-edged chance to win it at the death when he rolled a shot off the post with just the 'keeper to beat.

Everton confirm Silva signing
9 Jun - Everton have finally confirmed the much-mooted acquisition of Portuguese striking prospect, Joao Silva. The 20-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £500,000, from Desportivo Das Aves where he scored 14 times in 32 appearances last season to finish as second-highest scorer in Portugal's second division. He has penned a three-year deal and will link up with the Blues' squad for the first time for pre-season training at the start of next month as the team prepares for a pre-season tour of Australia.

Loan star Landon set for Big Game
Build-up to Saturday's World Cup clash
9 Jun - Landon Donovan believes his loan spell with Everton last season can help play a part in plotting England's downfall in Saturday's World Cup clash. Donovan spent two-and-a-half months at Goodison Park during the close season of his parent club, Los Angeles Galaxy, and quickly became a favourite with supporters. But he also feels the experience helped him to find out the qualities of some of the England players he will come face to face with in Rustenburg.

Senderos moves on to Fulham
Arsenal defender signs a three-year deal
8 Jun - Philippe Senderos, the Swiss international defender who made just two starts as a stand-in during his loan spell with Everton last season, has been transferred from Arsenal to Fulham on a free transfer. He signs a three-year contract with the defeated Europa League/Cup finalists, after spending much of the previous season on loan to AC Milan.

Tim scores on Tim!
USA 3 - 1 Australia
5 Jun - In one of the final warm-up games before the World Cup starts in earnest next weekend, Tim Cahill squared up for the Socceroos against Tim Howard's USA national team in Roodeport, South Africa. And Tim Cahill connected nicely on the stretch to fire home a corner past the bemused Tim Howard, equalising after Edson Buddle had given the US an early lead. Buddle scored again before half-time, when both Everton players were subbed off. Landon Donovan had a few chances to score but was largely unimpressive in a slow-paced game, until he set up USA's third for Herculez Gomez at the death.

USA v Australia
World Cup Finals warm-up
5 Jun - An interesting taster for next weekend's World Cup launch comes on Saturday in the form of an international pairing that offers more than passing interest for football-starved Evertonians. Tim Howard's USA National team takes on Tim Cahill's Aussie Socceroos, in South Africa. Hopefully it will also be a chance to see ex-Everton players Landon Donovan and Lucas Neill in action too. Kick-Off is 1 pm BST and live TV coverage includes ESPN2 in the USA (5:30 am PDT; 8:30 am EDT).

Shocking pink away shirt
The promised 'Revolution' is pink
3 Jun - After a high profile ad campaign that stealthily sought to hide the impending truth, Everton's marketing "Revolution" was revealed in all its glory on Thursday (after being widely leaked on the internet): a new away shirt in "lightning pink". As with seemingly anything Everton-related, it has split the fanbase down the middle, with polarized opinions bedeviled by gender overtones. A brave move? Or a marketing disaster? You can vote on our poll here on the homepage if you have an opinion either way.

Baines misses England cut
Homesick comments come home to roost
1 Jun - Leighton Baines's dream of making the trip to the World Cup Finals in South Africa have been dashed after it was confirmed that he has not made the cut for Fabio Capello's 23-man squad. Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock got the nod over Baines as the back-up left back to Ashley Cole even though the ex-Liverpool and Blackburn man has only played once for England at senior level.

Italy sent packing; NZ undefeated
Slovakia 3 - 2 Italy || Paraguay 0 - 0 New Zealand
24 Jun - A fantastic finish to Group E, where Everton's new 'keeper Jan Mucha was well stretched at the back as Italy finally woke up after going 2-0 to Slovakia.


Snippets & Rumours

Baines signs new five-year deal
30 Jun - Leighton Baines became the latest player to commit his future to Everton today, extending his contract to 2015 with a new five-year contract.

Nigeria withdraw from world scene
30 Jun - Nigeria's president has mandated that the country withdraw from international competition for two years following the Super Eagles' poor performances in the World Cup Finals this summer.

Gueye claims Everton agreement
29 Jun - French U-21 striker, Magaye Gueye, says that he is delighted that Everton and Strasbourg have agreed a fee for his services — believed to be around £1M — and that he is "looking forward to developing in the best league in the world."

Past and present to launch new strip
28 Jun - Everton will unveil the new home strip outside Goodison Park on Wednesday at 6pm, with the Dixie Dean statue and Jack Rodwell set to be decked out in the new jersey.

Talks held with Mikel Arteta
28 Jun - David Prentice reports in the Echo that Bill Kenwright and David Moyes have had talks with Mikel Arteta to persuade him his future lies with Everton. But the Everton Chairman stated that the health of Arteta's one-year-old son Gabriel has never been mentioned in these discussions.

Another bid for Bellefield Homes
28 Jun - Everton are to make a second bid to secure additional income by building luxury homes on their former Bellefield training ground. A previous permit application was denied by Liverpool City Council at the height of the Destination Kirkby manoeuvring.

Yakubu looks to the future
25 Jun - Yakubu has asked the Nigerian people to forgive him for the glaring miss that some are citing as the reason for the Super Eagles' failure to qualify for the knockout phase of the World Cup. He is also quoted as saying he intends to stay at Everton and honour the remaining two years of his contract.

New home strip to be unveiled 30/6
24 Jun - Everton will unveil the Club's new home kit for the 2010/11 season under the banner of "Evolution Continues" on 30th June, with the shirt going on sale on 15th July. Pre-ordering is available online at from today.

Donovan transformed by Everton spell
24 Jun - LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena believes that Landon Donovan came back from his two-month loan spell with Everton "a different player," and that has been demonstrated by the USA forward's displays in South Africa so far.

Everton announce Wolfsburg friendly
23 Jun - Everton's final pre-season friendly will be away from Goodison Park this summer after the Club announced a date with German Bundesliga club, Wolfsburg, who are now managed by ex-England manager, Steve McClaren, on Saturday 7 August.

Pienaar's agent rejects offer claims
21 Jun - Steven Pienaar's agent, Ivan Modia, has dismissed claims made in the Sunday Mirror that Everton have offered to make the midfielder their highest-paid player with a £55,000-a-week salary: "No, quite frankly nothing came out of our last meeting. The last time I sat with [Everton] is early June."

Jan Mucha can't save Slovakia
19 Jun - Slovakia proved unable to change their game against Paraguay, and Jan Mucha saw two goals fly in to put them bottom of World Cup Group F, needing a win in a tough final match in prospect against Italy next week as their last remaining hope for staying in the competition.

Dutch win again
19 Jun - Solid if unimpressive, Holland ground out another World Cup victory (over Japan, 1-0) with Johnny Heitinga solid if unimpressive in central defence. Later, Australia (without Tiger Tim) went ahead against Ghana but suffered another somewhat harsh red card when Harry Kewell handballed a fierce shot on the line and Asamoah Gyan converted the penalty to tie up the game at 1-1.

Moyes unlikely to buy Cup stars
18 Jun - David Moyes says he is unlikely to do any business based on how players perform at the World Cup, citing inflated prices and a patchy track record of how those who have starred for their countries on the world stage have fared in the Premier League.

Blues start 2010-11 on the road
17 Jun - Everton will kick off the new season in the pink against Blackburn at Ewood Park, with the first home game coming a week later against Wolves. The Goodison derby is on 16 October and the season ends with a potentially crucial home game with current Champions, Chelsea.

Cahill ban limited to one match
17 Jun - Tim Cahill will at least get to play one more game for the dreadful Socceroos after his red card ban was limited to just one match. Cahill will miss the must-win match against Ghana in Rustenburg on Saturday, but will be available for the final group match against Serbia in Nelspruit next Wednesday. There was never any possibility the Fifa Disciplinary Committee would do the right thing in this instance and downgrade it to a yellow card.

Cahill awaits FIFA ban decision
16 Jun - Tim Cahill will find out tomorrow whether an appeal by Australia will result in a one- or two-match ban following his sending off against Germany on Sunday.

Baines misquoted over homesick claim
15 Jun - Leighton Baines says comments about missing his family made after the friendly with Mexico were taken out of context by a reporter, leading to suggestions that he thought he would struggle with homesickness if he were selected for the World Cup Finals in South Africa.

“Chile John” BBC Sport audio clip
15 Jun - John Shearon of the Ruleteros Society describes to BBC Sport the background to CD Everton, the links between the fans of the two Evertons and the historic friendly between the clubs this August.

Denmark 0 - 2 Holland
14 Jun - Holland did enough to get past Denmark in Group E at the World Cup, Johnny Heitinga putting in a fairly solid display at the back.

Gazza hospitalised following crash
14 Jun - Ex-Everton midfielder, Paul Gascoigne is in "serious but not life-threatening" condition in Newcastle General Hospital after a car crash on Sunday night.

Howard expected to face Slovenia
13 Jun - Tim Howard needed a cortizone injection to get him through the second half of yesterday's match between the USA and England after taking Emile Heskey's studs in the ribs but is expected to play against Slovenia on Friday.

Nigeria struggle
12 Jun - Both Yakubu and of course national captain Joseph Yobo started for Nigeria but did little to stop Heinze heading an early goal for Argentina, unmarked from a corner. La Albiceleste dominated but squandered their chances while silly mistakes continued to bedevil the Super Eagles, who improved and had opportunities to tie the game... but couldn't. Argentina 1 - 0 Nigeria.

1966 World Cup stories
11 Jun - With the World Cup kicking off in South Africa, the Everton Collection is featuring another interview in their Oral History series, lifelong Evertonian Brian Burrows recalling memorable things about the games played at Goodison Park in the 1966 World Cup.

Everton a new lease on life for Tim
11 Jun - Tim Howard credits his move to Everton for kickstarting his flagging career after losing his first-team place at Old Trafford. "Going to Everton... was my new lease on life. My... belief in what I was doing became a lot stronger."

Tiger Tim ready to face Germany
10 Jun - It looks as though Tim Cahill will be fit and raring to go for Sunday's matchup between Australia and Germany in Durban on Sunday. The midfielder was a doubt earlier this week after sustaining a neck injury in a pre-tournament friendly but says he has recovered.

Pienaar's World Cup dream
10 Jun - Steven Pienaar will step out onto the pitch in the World Cup curtain raiser tomorrow hoping to fulfill a dream by becoming the first South African to score in football's biggest tournament.

Cahill in fitness battle for opener
8 Jun - Tim Cahill sat out of a training session for Australia today after sustaining a neck injury in the friendly with the USA a few days ago. The midfielder told reporters that he is "fine" but is surely a doubt at this stage for the Socceroos' World Cup Finals opener against Germany in 5 days' time.

Interview with Dixie's grandson
6 Jun - Download the mp3 file from this new project of Oral Histories at the Everton Collection, and listen to an interesting interview with Matthew Dean, grandson of William Ralph Dean, who has returned from Australia with a mission to make a film about his famous ancestor.

TE Jones dies
5 Jun - Former Everton defender and captain, Tommy 'TE' Jones has died at the age of 80 after a long battle with illness. He enjoyed an 11-year career at Goodison Park in the 1950s and early 1960s. Originally employed as a left back, but then moving to the centre of defence, he made a total of 411 appearances for the Toffees. Tommy was a member of the side that were relegated in 1951, but came up again three years later. A shattered kneecap forced him to retire from football in 1961, at the age of 31.

Howard concerned by World Cup ball
4 Jun - It seems FIFA can't resist arseing around with the official World Cup ball every four years and Tim Howard echoes the concerns voiced over this year's choice, particularly how it it behaves at altitude.

Pienaar expresses admiration for Moyes
4 Jun - While not quite a hint to where his future might lie, it was nonetheless encouraging to hear Steven Pienaar speak glowingly of David Moyes and his unfailing work ethic in a pre-World Cup press conference in Johannesburg this week.

Howard gives USA an edge
4 Jun - Looking ahead to the big match-up next week between the USA and England, USA Today highlights the one area of the pitch where the Yanks have a definitive edge over the "Three Lions" — in goal, with Everton's Tim Howard.

Heitinga... Lost in Translation?
3 Jun - Johnny Heitinga has spoken of his ambitions to play at a higher level than the Toffees are currently at. At the end of a lengthy interview (in Dutch), he tells that he would leave Everton “on a bicycle with a large flag” if Barcelona came in for him. "I have no next employer in my head, but I would still like to reach the top."

Everton XI date with Forfar Athletic
2 Jun - An Everton XI will play a pre-season friendly with Forfar Athletic on Friday 23 July at 7:30pm as part of the Loons' 125th Anniversary celebrations.

Anichebe misses WC through injury
1 Jun - The Nigerian Football Federation have revealed that striker Victor Anichebe was left out of the 23-man World Cup squad because of injury — a fractured chin — a claim that Everton are questioning.

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