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August 2014

Martinez admits defence needs to get back to basics

30 August
Everton's manager was left to dwell on a surprisingly poor defensive performance as the Blues were beaten 6-3 by Chelsea at Goodison Park this afternoon.

Blues' defence collapses in Goodison goalfest

30 August
Everton crashed to their first defeat of the season amid a deluge of goals at Goodison Park. 2-0 down after less than three minutes to strikes by Costa and Ivanovic, the Blues rallied and scored on the stroke of half time but fell 3-1 behind when Coleman unwittingly put past his own goalkeeper with 23 minutes to go. Goals from Naismith, Matic, Eto'o and Ramires in a hectic eight-minute spell then left the score at 5-3 to the visitors before Besic ruined his debut by sending Costa away to score an undeserved sixth.

U18s defeated at Man City

30 August
Everton U18s were beaten by Manchester City U18s today as goals by Manuel Garcia Alonso and Tosin Adarabioyo inflicted the young Blues' first defeat of the season.

Martinez pleased with home advantage

30 August
Despite being drawn in what some observers have likened to a Champions League group, Roberto Martinez was satisfied with yesterday's Europa League draw which scheduled Everton to play at Goodison Park in their first and last group fixtures.

Fenerbahce part ways with Yobo  [MEDIA]

29 August
After spending time on loan at Norwich last season, the ex-Everton defender is released by the Turkish club due to restrictions over the number of foreign players they are allowed on their books at any one time.

Duffy joins Blackburn Rovers

29 August
Everton have sold Irish international defender Shane Duffy to Blackburn Rovers in a deal reportedly worth £1.5m.

Hope joins Wednesday on loan

29 August
Everton Under-21s striker Hallam Hope will spend the next six months at Sheffield Wednesday after the Blues agreed to loan the player to the Championship club. The club have also announced the signing of young free agent goalkeeper Conor Hunt.

Everton to face Lille, Wolfsburg and Krasnodar

29 August
Everton have been drawn into a fairly tough Group H of the Europa League where they are joined by Lille, Wolfsburg and FC Krasnodar, kicking off against the German side at Goodison on 18 September.

Everton vs Chelsea

29 August
As they did a year ago, Everton take on Chelsea at Goodison Park looking for their first victory of the season. There is added intrigue this time, however, with the possibility of both Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto'o facing their old team for the first time if the Belgian overcomes a toe injury and Roberto Martinez feels the Cameroon star is sufficiently match sharp to play a part off the bench. Steven Pienaar is ruled out, though, along with Ross Barkley, Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo.

2008 interview with Samuel Eto'o  [MEDIA]

28 
A Q&A with new Everton striker Samuel Eto'o from 2008 that, while old now, provides some insight into the player's philosophy.

Everton assigned pot 3 for Europa League draw

28 August
Everton will be in the third tier of seeded teams for tomorrow's Uefa Europa League group stage draw. The draw will take place in Monaco at 12pm UK time.

Stones joins Baines and Jagielka in England squad

28 August
John Stones, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines have all been named by Roy Hodgson in the England squad for the upcoming friendly against Norway and the subsequent Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in Basel on 8th September. There have also been call-ups this week for nine Blues from the youth ranks for England's U17 through U21 levels.

Eto'o can give Everton fear factor  [MEDIA]

28 August
Samuel Eto'o will give Everton an unpredictable "fear factor" according to Roberto Martinez.

Eto'o announces international retirement

27 August
Samuel Eto'o has called time on his Cameroon international career for the second time.

Everton draw Swansea in League Cup 3rd round

27 August
Everton will play Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in the third round of the Capital One Cup following tonight's draw.

Blues secure Browning on three-year deal

27 August
Promising Academy graduate Tyias Browning is the latest young player to sign on to new terms at Everton with the defender inking a three-year contract today.

Eto'o itching to get started

27 August
Roberto Martinez says that while he would ideally like to give new signing Samuel Eto'o more time to get back to match fitness before handing him his debut, the striker himself is keen to be involved straight away.

Chelsea tickets still available

27 August
Limited tickets remain for the 5.30pm kick-off against Chelsea on Saturday, with a capacity crowd expected at Goodison Park for the second time in as many weeks.

Everton sign Eto'o in two-year deal

26 August
Everton have completed the signing of striker Samuel Eto'o on a free transfer, with the 33 year-old agreeing a two-year contract. Eto'o, who was released by Chelsea in May after continuing his phenomenal scoring record by notching nine goals in 21 appearances at Stamford Bridge, will wear the No.5 jersey and provide additional striking options to Roberto Martinez's side.

Pienaar will miss the Chelsea game

26 August
Steven Pienaar is out of Saturday's clash with Chelsea but Roberto Martinez is more optimistic about Romelu Lukaku's chances of recovering sufficiently from a toe injury to face his old club for the first time.

U21s beaten by Fulham

25 August
New Under-21s acquisition Brendan Galloway scored his first goal in Everton colours but it ended up being mere consolation as David Unsworth's side lost 2-1 at Fulham.

Everton close in on Eto'o

25 August
Everton appear to be close to signing veteran striker Samuel Eto'o on a free transfer, with the BBC adding weight to earlier reports from Sky Sports Italia journalists that the 33 year-old has agreed a two-year contract. Eto'o, who was released by Chelsea in May after notching nine goals in 21 appearances, would provide additional striking options to Roberto Martinez's side and bring considerable European experience.

Martinez keeping his options open

25 August
Roberto Martinez admits that he is "looking at all options" when it comes to the strength of his squad as the summer transfer window enters its final week. While his latest comments indicate that the fitness of Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo will play a big part in any decision to make further signings, another striker is believed to be high on his agenda before the 1st September deadline.

Martinez rues weak second half against Arsenal

24 August
Roberto Martinez says that he and his Everton side were frustrated by their inability to hold on to a precious 2-0 lead at Goodison yesterday due to a "drop in energy levels" that meant they lost control of a contest in which they had looked comfortable for the first 75 minutes.

Another late slump gifts the Gunners a point

23 August
Everton let another two points slip as they allowed Arsenal to grab a draw that had looked well beyond them at the halfway stage of this, the first home game of the new season at Goodison Park. Goals by Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith had the Blues flying at the break but they eased off in the second half and were punished by late strikes by Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

Under-18s with second win at Wolves

23 August
Everton U18s maintained their 100% record with a fine 1-0 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Tim Howard has his future all planned out  [MEDIA]

22 August
Andy Hunter talks to the Everton goalkeeper about his post-World Cup fame, his international hiatus and plans thereafter, Romelu Lukaku and how much he is looking forward to returning "home" to Goodison Park for the first home game of the season against Arsenal.

Everton vs Arsenal

22 August
Everton meet Arsenal in the first match of a Goodison Park double-header that sees the Blues host two of last season's top-four finishers in the space of seven days. Seamus Coleman and Kevin Mirallas could both start after making substitute appearances last weekend, while Darron Gibson has been passed fit for this 5.30pm kick-off in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Howard and Donovan comparisons only go so far  [MEDIA]

21 August
Why Tim Howard's announcement of a year-long break from international football is unlikely to mirror Landon Donovan's experience with easing off from the US Men's National Team.

Martinez tells of Barkley's lucky escape

21 August
Roberto Martinez believes that Ross Barkley could have been more seriously injured had his training-ground accident with Gareth Barry happened earlier in pre-season.

Howard announces year-long international hiatus

21 August
Tim Howard has announced that he will be taking a break from the United States national team for a year in order to spend more time with his family. The 35-year-old has had a marquee year in American colours, culminating in his headline-grabbing exploits at the 2014 World Cup, but his footballing focus will be on Everton for the next 12 months.

Atsu happy to be on board

21 August
Christian Atsu appears to be very content with his season-long loan move, expressing that he has been made to feel very welcome by the players and fans alike during his first week with the club. The 22-year-old winger also reveals that his decision was aided by his team-mates at his parent club Chelsea who told him that Everton was a great club.

Henen still under consideration

21 August
Roberto Martinez says that David Henen remains an option for Everton's Under-21 setup but says that a deal for the 18-year-old Anderlecht striker has not yet been finalised.

Still too soon to predict Barkley return

21 August
Roberto Martinez says that the swelling on Ross Barkley's knee has still not sufficiently abated for club medical staff to fully assess the extent of his injury which makes putting an exact date on his recovery difficult.

Becoming part of the Everton family  [MEDIA]

20 August
An American fan describes their adoption into the Everton family start with week one: Getting acquainted.

Martinez unlikely to sign cover for Barkley

19 August
Roberto Martinez has dampened expectations that he will be dipping into the transfer market again before the transfer window closes, suggesting that he is happy with the quality at his disposal, that he doesn't have plans to bring in cover for Ross Barkley and that his focus now is on the players already at the club.

Everton hand Ryan Ledson professional deal

19 August
Everton and England youth prospect Ryan Ledson has celebrated his 17th birthday by signing a professional contract with the club.

Arsenal game is a sell-out

19 August
Everton’s first home game of the season against Arsenal has now sold out.

Martinez provides injury updates

19 August
Roberto Martinez has offered a more optimistic prognosis on Ross Barkley's injury than was reported over the weekend but stressed that it is still too soon to put an accurate timeframe on his return from a medial knee ligament injury. The manager has also provided updates on Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo, while confirming that Seamus Coleman is fully recovered from his minor hamstring problem.

Roberto Martinez on his love for his Belgians  [MEDIA]

19 August
Kristof Terreur of Het Laatste Nieuws speaks with Roberto Martinez specifically about his two Belgian stars, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas. Given Lukaku's recent record-shattering move, much of the conversation centres around the striker and, in particular, his relationship with his manager, Everton's and the club.

U21s hold on to beat Leicester

18 August
Everton's Under-21s were in action against Leicester City this evening in Southport and held out to win 3-2 going thanks to goals by Chris Long, Hallam Hope and Tyias Browning.

Naismith: We have cover for Barkley

18 August
Steven Naismith says that Everton can cope without Ross Barkley while the young England international is out injured with the knee injury he sustained on Friday.

Barkley could be out for months

16 August
Initial scans on Ross Barkley's knee injury are difficult to read because of the swelling but Roberto Martinez fears Everton could be without their young star for months rather than weeks.

Late lapse costs Everton opening-day win

16 August
Everton were on course for a precious opening-day victory at King Power Stadium but were denied three points by Chris Wood's late strike. Aiden McGeady's sumptuous strike had given the Blues the lead after 20 minutes, only for Leonardo Ulloa to equalise almost immediately from a corner. Steven Naismith restored the advantage for Roberto Martinez's team but they lacked the drive after half time to kill the game and paid the price when the Foxes grabbed a point four minutes from time.

Barkley ruled out with knee injury

15 August
Ross Barkley faces between six to eight weeks on the sidelines after suffering medial knee ligament damage in training on the eve of the new season.

Fans warned over pyrotechnics

15 August
Ahead of the 2014-15 season, Everton are reiterating that the club is vehemently and absolutely against the use of pyrotechnics inside or outside of any football stadium.

Leicester City vs Everton

15 August
Everton kick off Roberto Martinez's much-anticipated second season in charge with a trip to Leicester on Saturday with a few question marks over the likely starting XI. Injury to Ross Barkley, concerns over Seamus Coleman's hamstring and uncertainty over the readiness of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas following their belated return to training after the World Cup will keep supporters and opposition manager, Nigel Pearson, guessing until an hour before the 3pm kick-off.

Goodison's summer upgrade

14 August
Goodison Park has undergone a summer makeover with Evertonians set to notice a host of improvements when they return for the Blues’ first home game next week.

Martinez: No decision over trio for Saturday

14 August
Roberto Martinez says that it is too soon to say whether Seamus Coleman, Romelu Lukaku or Kevin Mirallas will feature against Leicester when the new season kicks off this weekend.

Everton confirm Atsu loan signing

13 August
Christian Atsu is officially an Everton player for the season after the club confirmed his arrival on loan from Chelsea. The 22-year-old completed a medical at Finch Farm today after sorting out his work permit and has been handed the No 19 shirt.

Why Everton should be America's team  [MEDIA]

13 August
Making the case for Everton being America's de facto team, and it's not all to do with Tim Howard!

Martinez predicts end of Kone's injury nightmare

11 August
Roberto Martinez says that Arouna Kone can play a big part in Everton's season, particularly in Europe where his Continental experience could be a big advantage. The striker has been sidelined since last October with a knee injury that required surgery and months of patient rehabilitation but the manager says Kone is "right where he should be" now that he has resumed training.

EvertonUSA declare Tim Howard Appreciation Day

11 August
Evertonians in the United States will celebrate America's World Cup hero Tim Howard when the new season kicks off this Saturday to raise money for Everton in the Community.

Bumper ticket sales pack Goodison

11 August
More than three out of every four seats at Goodison Park have been filled before the first ball of the 2014/15 season has been kicked as Everton today reveal bumper Season Ticket sales.

Belgians feature in behind-closed-doors exercise

11 August
Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against a Sheffield Wednesday XI today as they regain their sharpness ahead of the new season.

Atsu could sign by Wednesday

10 August
Everton's move to take Christian Atsu on a season-long loan from Chelsea could be completed by midweek if the formality of a work permit is secured by then.

Everton's model is the best for progress  [MEDIA]

10 August
Lee Carsley applauds the Everton's ability to keep hold of his its best players as a means to moving the club forward.

"We have a model for other teams to follow and that’s been down to a steady progress, not just something that has happened in the last year."

Long thrilled with his goal

10 August
Chris Long says that he is "made up" with having scored Everton's goal in the pre-season friendly against SC Paderborn yesterday, the culmination of his work with the first team over the last two months.

Why the Europa League is a good thing for Everton  [MEDIA]

10 August
The facts and fantasies behind Europa League participation are in turn presented and debunked as the effect of Everton's return to the competition continues to be debated.

Henen growing impatient over stalled Everton move

9 August
David Henen, the young Belgian striker whose proposed move from Anderlecht to Everton has dragged on for a month without resolution, is growing restless with the apparent deadlock between the two clubs according to a Belgian media source.

Blues complete final pre-season warm-up

9 August
Everton's pre-season preparations came to a close this afternoon with their third defeat of the summer, this time against Bundesliga newcomers SC Paderborn. Chris Long scored a wonderful goal to put Everton ahead in the first half but Tim Howard conceded a penalty to hand the Germans an equaliser through Moritz Stoppelkamp. Marvin Duksch and Daniel Bruckner added two more in the second half for the hosts who looked sharper and better organised overall.

Baines: It's all moving in the right direction

8 August
Leighton Baines says that the retention by Everton of its best players this summer is as big a statement as the record-shattering purchase of Romelu Lukaku and reveals that it was Roberto Martinez's ambition that persuaded him to extend his own contract last season.

Belgian duo will sit out Paderborn friendly

8 August
Roberto Martinez says that Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas will sharpen up their fitness levels in training over the coming week rather than be risked in tomorrow's friendly against SC Paderborn but neither are guaranteed to face Leicester.

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8 August
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Reports: Atsu deal agreed

8 August
Everton's move to acquire winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan appears to have been successful with the impasse with Chelsea apparently broken today.

Kennedy joins Hibernian on loan

8 August
Alan Stubbs has moved to bring in one of his former charges in Everton's Under-21 side by drafting Matthew Kennedy in loan at Hibs.

Martinez looks inward amid impasse over loans

8 August
With no further movement on two of his proposed loan acquisitions, Roberto Martinez appears to be shifting his focus inwardly as he prepares for the start of the new season in just eight days' time. The Everton manager had stated his intention last week to bring in at least one new face before the beginning of the Premier League campaign but with no movement on plans to bring in Christian Atsu and Lacina Traore, his rhetoric is increasingly pointing towards the Blues kicking off at Leicester with the squad as it currently stands.

Everton unveil 2014-15 third kit

7 August
Everton have unveiled the team's third kit for the new season, a white, blackberry and yellow number that will make its debut in the friendly against SC Paderborn this coming weekend.

New five-year deal for Stones

7 August
Everton have announced that another of the club's best young players has committed his future to the club, with John Stones putting pen to paper on a contract extension that keeps him at the club for another five years. The England international defender follows Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman and manager Roberto Martinez in agreeing to a new long-term deal on improved terms this summer.

Blues beaten handily by Celta Vigo

6 August
Everton were back at Prenton Park for the senior squad's fourth pre-season friendly of the summer where another important fitness run-out left a few question marks with the new Premier League season looming just 10 days away. The Blues scored early through Aiden McGeady but struggled again in the final third and were eventually beaten by a first-half hat-trick from Agudo “Nolito” Duran.

McCarthy looking ahead to new season

6 August
James McCarthy says he feels "part of the family" at Everton and is unfazed by speculation linking him with a move away before the transfer window closes after just one season with the Blues. The Irishman is looking forward to re-establishing his partnership with Gareth Barry and battling for places in midfield with new signing Muhamed Besic and the recovered Darron Gibson this coming season.

Lundstram joins Blackpool on loan

6 August
John Lundstram will spend next season on loan in the Championship with Blackpool. it has now been confirmed.

U18s finish off with a draw

5 August
Everton Under-18s ended their participation in the Durban U19 Tournament with a 1-1 draw with South Africa Under-19s thanks to a second-half equaliser from George Newell.

Coleman's preparations disrupted by hamstring injury

5 August
Seamus Coleman is an early doubt for the season opener against Leicester City in 11 days' time after Roberto Martinez revealed that he will play no part in either of the team's two remaining pre-season fixtures. Neither he nor Luke Garbutt will be risked further before the campaign kicks off as they recover from respective hamstring and groin injuries.

Naismith's latest gesture is just the ticket

4 August
Steven Naismith has bought tickets for Everton home matches to donate to unemployed supporters, a gift he hopes will "bring joy to many people".

Osman: Besic can become a crowd favourite

4 August
Leon Osman says that new signing Muhamed Besic has the potential to become another Goodison Park hero based on first impressions since he arrived from Ferencvaros.

Everton U18s 1 - 2 Feyenoord U19s

3 August
Everton Under-18s ensured they could not progress in the Durban Under-19 International Tournament after their second defeat in group play, this time at the hands of Feyenoord.

Martinez looking for a wide player

3 August
Roberto Martinez has revealed that he hopes to sign a wide player before the start of the season. Speaking after the 1-1 draw with FC Porto, Martinez said: “Hopefully we will have another new player coming in."

Osman Testimonial ends all-square

3 August
Everton honoured more than a decade of service to the club from Leon Osman with a testimonial match for the midfielder against Portuguese giants, Porto at Goodison Park today. A rather quiet first half was dominated mostly by the visitors until a dreadful mistake by their keeper allowed McGeady to set up Naismith for an excellent finish. Changes at half-time did not improve Everton who finally conceded on the hour to Jackson, with Osman missing a trademark header before he got a standing ovation after 86 mins.

Leon Osman: Its about time we turned quality into a trophy  [MEDIA]

2 August
Speaking to The Guardian during his recent visit to Claire House, Leon Osman describes his path to becoming a regular first-team player at Everton despite a serious knee injury and a shortage of demand at the time for players of his ilk who were blessed with technical ability over size and strength.

He also believes that is time for Everton to translate the increasing quality in the club's squad into silverware, a target that has always been at the top of his list of career goals.

Everton vs FC Porto

2 August
Everton honour more than a decade of service to the club from Leon Osman with a testimonial match for the midfielder against Portuguese giants, Porto, on Sunday. The 32 year-old has made well over 300 appearances for the Blues since making his full debut 10 years ago and it is hoped that supporters will turn out in numbers to recognise the contribution of a player who has spent his entire career at Goodison Park.

Leeds U21s 1 - 1 Everton U21s

2 August
Everton U21s played out a 1-1 draw against Leeds United U21s in their latest warm-up friendly, new acquisition Sam Byrne firing home in the first half before the Yorkshire side equalized after the break.

U18s lose to Santos U19s in Durban

1 August
Everton U18s were beaten 2-0 by Santos at the Durban U19 Tournament in South Africa, the Brazilian side scoring a goal in each half of the Blues' opening game.

Blues snap up Brendan Galloway

2 August
Everton have confirmed the signing of 18 year-old England youth international Brendan Galloway from MK Dons for an undisclosed fee.

Reports: Atsu on the verge of Everton loan

1 August
Everton are closing in on the acquisition on loan of Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu from Chelsea according to reports.

The view from Everton: Martinez has us dreaming of the top four  [MEDIA]

1 August
TW's Lyndon Lloyd pens the Everton perspective for the MailOnline in the wake of the capture of Romelu Lukaku and the additions of Gareth Barry and Muhamed Besic.
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