Seeing Mr Heitinga and his Dutch colleagues qualify for the World Cup Final, it set my mind thinking, how many Everton players have graced the pitch in the world?s largest match either while they were at the club or prior / after?
Knowng some of you guys are gurus of knowledge, I thought I?d throw it out there...
Paul Fuller, Posted 07/07/2010 at 11:13:05
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1 Posted 07/07/2010 at 14:41:57
Matterazzi 06 (after) are three that spring to mind straightaway.
2 Posted 07/07/2010 at 14:42:43
Neither Everton or the RS have had a player in the final since '66. Ray Wilson & Roger Hunt.
Materazzi is the only one that springs to mind as an ex Everton player.
3 Posted 07/07/2010 at 15:14:20
4 Posted 07/07/2010 at 15:45:20
5 Posted 07/07/2010 at 15:52:16
Alan Ball didn't sign for Everton until August 1966, after the World Cup.
6 Posted 07/07/2010 at 16:13:06
7 Posted 07/07/2010 at 16:50:19
Didn't join Barca till after, if Dame Memory serves me well.
8 Posted 07/07/2010 at 16:52:03
Ignore me. I'm used to it.
9 Posted 07/07/2010 at 16:57:25
10 Posted 07/07/2010 at 17:30:01
I know that I am biased, but I think Labone was the better all round player. I think he won about 26 caps for England, really it should have been about 76 caps!!!
11 Posted 07/07/2010 at 17:37:21
12 Posted 07/07/2010 at 17:44:21
13 Posted 07/07/2010 at 22:14:33
Just wonder what the general feelings are about Heitinga reaching the final. If it weren't for a few dodgy quotes lately (possibly taken out of context), I'd be very excited and proud that he's there. I still want him to do well, and keep an eye on him... but don't have that same feeling as watching Cahill for the Aussies or T-How for the States.
14 Posted 07/07/2010 at 22:35:20
Just a few weeks ago he claimed he would get a bike and flag and cycle to Barcelona.
I haven't forgot that and I don't really know if I still consider him an Everton player.
15 Posted 08/07/2010 at 04:21:01
16 Posted 08/07/2010 at 06:58:37
17 Posted 08/07/2010 at 07:19:48
Who knows if he would have been able to save the German goals in the Quarter Final match? I have always felt that Bonetti was harshly treated by the media. It worked against England, however, because blaming one player deflected the blame from where it should have gone ? to the tactics they used and especially poor use of substitutes,
18 Posted 08/07/2010 at 09:16:22
19 Posted 08/07/2010 at 09:33:30
20 Posted 08/07/2010 at 10:56:53
For now, I'm not too bothered about what he says. I'll be cheering him and the Orange Army all the way on Sunday (anyone from Northern Ireland should note that I mean Holland when referring to the Orange Army!).
Go Johnny Go Go Go!
Johnny be Good
21 Posted 08/07/2010 at 11:55:46
22 Posted 08/07/2010 at 12:57:29
23 Posted 08/07/2010 at 13:01:11
24 Posted 08/07/2010 at 13:21:15
Back on thread.
Great comments from JH on the OS. Really rooting for the Dutch on Sunday.
25 Posted 08/07/2010 at 13:49:24
BTW - that is nothing to do with Rob Murphy's attempt to throw a live hand grenade into this discussion, even though he's right.
26 Posted 08/07/2010 at 18:54:23
27 Posted 08/07/2010 at 21:42:37
What about Umpa-Lumpas, and David Dickenson?
28 Posted 09/07/2010 at 10:02:29
A lot of the time its the player from the other team feeling contact and going down too easily, or the simple fact that he goes into a 50-50 stronger than the other player rather than Van Bommel being outrageously dirty.
People seem to have got themselves into the mindset that if a player has committed three fouls they should be in the book and four and five should see them sent off. You've let FIFA brainwash you.
29 Posted 09/07/2010 at 12:54:12
If it is me it seems you are watching the games with dark glasses on. I trust only my own eyes and I haven't seen this FIFA official you refer to. As for being brainwashed, don't be so fucking patronising.
Van Bommel should not have stayed on the pitch against Brazil as he committed at least 3 cynical fouls which were bookable offences, and he was at it again against Uruguay, notably in the build up to the first goal. Reports I've read on the game would also back up this view. To suggest I need a FIFA official to tell me what I've seen is laughable. You don't agree, that's fine. But don't come on here and attempt to portray other people's views as brainwashing.
Apart from the fouling, he is very good player, as far as I'm concerned.
30 Posted 11/07/2010 at 00:08:27
31 Posted 11/07/2010 at 23:45:47
"You've let FIFA brainwash you."
What a crock of shite. After tonight's game, Van Bommel has brought shame to the game of football.
Hang on a minute, maybe that's FIFA brainwashing me again...
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