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World Cup: What players have impressed you?

After nearly two weeks of wall-to-wall football, some shocks and standout performances like Costa Rica, predictable outcomes, like England, thoughts start to return to Everton and pre-season preparations.

With a busy schedule and the welcome return of European football Roberto Martinez needs to strengthen the squad. Outside of the players who are financially beyond Everton's reach what other players have impressed you?

I'm just watching the Greece vs Ivory Coast game and two Greek players have stood out, the old stalwart Karagounis and a young defender Manolas.
Peter Laing     Posted 24/06/2014 at 22:39:24   Comments (49)

Fifa and Alleged Corruption

What could be done to help clean out the stables at Fifa? As a Swiss-resident Scouser, I get the impression that Herr Blatter and Monsieur Platini are not particularly admired by the Swiss public (for obvious reasons).

Discussions are taking place within the Swiss government to use financial or other methods to curb the excesses at the Football organization. Switzerland can hardly afford more damage to its reputation, particularly in light of the banking scandals which have been taking place in recent years.

May I suggest the following measures to reduce the (alleged) corruption in football’s governing body?

A draw should be held to determine who should host the World Cup after Qatar instead of delegates voting. Those eligible for the draw would be countries from a different region as the previous venue and those that meet the necessary criteria such as infrastructure. Countries where it is clearly absurd to hold the tournament would not be eligible to go in the hat.

John Schrempft     Posted 18/06/2014 at 08:34:43   Comments (39)

Bad Knees, Visas and Just Dodgy Geezers

We have all been there, lamenting that transfer that 'fell through at the 11th hour', or that massive rumour no-one ever dared believe. But did we ever really miss out?

Most recently, I saw Fernando reject a move after Bobby had gone to lengths to get him a work permit, and while he looks like he's on his way to Man City, would we have seen moves for James McCarthy and Gareth Barry come off on deadline had we got him? Our perfectly balanced midfield duo played a major part this year and I don't think Fernando would have had such an impact as they managed.

Before that, we had Leroy Fer fail his medical after we had all rejoiced at his signing a little prematurely. Is he actually Premier League material though? Considering he's set to ply his trade in the Championship with farmboys Norwich next season... I see it as £8m well saved.

Another supposed bottle job was the one concerning Demba Ba who apparently also had 'bad knees' before signing for West Ham. His move to Newcastle saw him bag a few goals but, since then, he's gone off the boil and into the Nikica Jelavic, Papiss Cisse and Fernando Torres simmer category.

Now, if you cast your minds really far back, a young, exciting Nigerian prospect named Victor Obinna was on his way to Goodison when his work permit was rejected and everyone had a bit of a Groundhog Day moment... until he popped up for West Ham sometime later, looking a bit lost on the footy pitch. (He's now at Lokomotiv Moscow being shipped out on loan.)

And, of course, we will never forget one Juan Roman Riquelme. Did he get pictured getting off at John Lennon Airport? Was he on his way to change our fortunes? We will never know. What we do know is that he spends his days since at Boca Juniors where the goals seemed to have dried up in a somewhat mediocre league.

The list could forever go on, but none really spring to mind without doing a bit of research. It's true you don't always get your man... sometimes it's boss though.
Callum Grogan     Posted 17/06/2014 at 16:28:26   Comments (8)

Decision review system in football

I was thinking, after watching the first two days of the World Cup that football should seriously consider introducing a decision review system into the game.

We have already seen two wrongful penalties, also two goals wrongly given offside. Given modern technology, these incidents could be cleared up in a mater off seconds.

With the money that is involved in football today, the financial ramifications of wrongful decisions can be immense. I am just wondering what other people's views are...?
Rob Brown     Posted 14/06/2014 at 02:49:23   Comments (20)

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov

With 'Billy' being touted for a move to Crystal Palace I wondered if anyone has any particular memories/impressions from his time at Goodison?

I can remember seeing his debut (as a sub in the Europa League?) and thinking 'This guy looks the real deal' but he never lived up to that for me.

I remember that superb end-of-season goal against Portsmouth, and him finally being played centrally in a game against Tamworth in the FA Cup. He'll come alive for this one, thought I. Not the first time I've been wrong.

It's all ifs and buts and maybes but I do wonder if he'd have fared better in our new regime. Who knows.
Sean Smythe     Posted 12/06/2014 at 12:49:13   Comments (15)

Can we have our new crest please?

Does anyone know how much longer we have to put up with our worst crest in history for? I couldn't wait to see the back of it at the end of the season.

I am perplexed as to why it continues to be used, e.g. on the Official Everton Website, Roberto wearing tee-shirts with it on in Brazil etc. Surely it would make sense commercially and identity-wise to be using our new crest.
Paul  Livesey     Posted 12/06/2014 at 09:32:53   Comments (23)

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