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Everton line up friendly against Bundesliga newcomers

by | 17/07/2014  Comments (26)  jump
Everton will travel to Germany on 9th August for a pre-season friendly against SC Paderborn who have just been promoted to the Bundesliga.

The match will kick off at 3pm UK time and will be the Blues' final warm-up game before the new Premier League season kicks off the following weekend.  


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Scott Bosworth
1 Posted 17/07/2014 at 20:46:07
Wow, I'll bet the guy who wrote that "Only the three pre-season friendlies?" headline sure feels silly now!
Derek Knox
2 Posted 17/07/2014 at 21:18:14
Lyndon or Michael

Do you think there will be anything televised by EFC with both the Thailand and German games? I can't see that many supporters going to either game as they are both, basically one-offs.

Although the German game could be a possibility, if there are any chartered deals on offer.

Thanks in anticipation!

Jim Bennings
3 Posted 17/07/2014 at 21:33:06
I got excited when I first saw the headline on the official site saying "German friendly lined up" I thought it's got to be Dortmund or Schalke someone like that (knew we wouldn't land Munich).

Then I read it's against a club most of us will have never heard of.

Colin Glassar
4 Posted 17/07/2014 at 21:54:24
Jim, I suppose a tie against a 'glamour' team would be nice but these are friendlies and the aim is for the players to stretch their legs in a semi-serious game.

There don't appear to be any mini tournaments this year probably due to the World Cup just finishing.

Mike Oates
5 Posted 17/07/2014 at 22:09:10
We’ve completely buggered up the pre-season, left everything far too late . Poor administration hindered with Roberto being away for 4 weeks.
Jim Bennings
6 Posted 17/07/2014 at 22:10:47
Colin that's very true but I just look back at last year's pre-season ( arguably our most glamorous and testing ever) against Real Madrid, Juventus and Valencia.

It gave us a big big test and perhaps although not mentioned much, the actual pre-season last summer contributed greatly in our performance level throughout the entire season of 2013-14.

Maybe its not that important who knows but it is as you say, always nice to get glamorous fixtures.

Dick Fearon
7 Posted 17/07/2014 at 22:15:06
On the face of it Roberto's Brasilian sojourn could have been a waste of valuable time at the same time he could also have used it to tap up lots of star players who would love to play for us.
Then again I could just be dreaming.
Patrick Murphy
8 Posted 17/07/2014 at 22:52:01
I can't see how Roberto's time in Brazil could have hindered any potential friendly games being scheduled. More likely either Everton want too much money or the potential opponents want too much money to participate in these matches. Everything is about money in the end – the Premier League's 'glamour' clubs can pick and choose who they play and charge the appropriate fees, unfortunately outside of the core fan-base Everton FC do not fall into that category and of course TV companies play a large part in who gets to play where and when.

Of course we could have arranged many more games against the likes of the teams we have already arranged games with – but if the costs exceed the benefits BK and his mates aren't going to sanction paying excess insurance fees etc.

Phil Walling
9 Posted 17/07/2014 at 23:10:33
Patrick, you love that man. He can do no wrong. Was it you he lent his identity badge to and thus lost his accreditation, by any chance.

I'm just waiting to welcome all the World Cup players he's about to sign for us!

Jim Knightley
10 Posted 17/07/2014 at 23:38:01
I'm with Patrick on this: How much do fans think the manager controls? Some of the comments from football fans (Especially in relation to Wenger and Arsenal) seem to suggest that the manager runs the finances, personally scouts players and negotiates with clubs, arranges friendlies etc etc. Martinez may propose/enforce ideas, but I highly doubt he is responsible for identifying and arranging every friendly match we play.
Paul Ferry
11 Posted 17/07/2014 at 23:43:43
Anyone else getting more than a little fed up with this codswallop?

Mike Oates - 5: Â’Poor administration hindered with Roberto being away for 4 weeks.

Dick Fearon - 7: Â’On the face of it RobertoÂ’s Brasilian sojourn could have been a waste of valuable time at the same time he could also have used it to tap up lots of star players who would love to play for usÂ’.

Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 17/07/2014 at 23:51:55
The year we were in the CL we had a bunch of friendlies against other CL teams and we flew out to Thailand to play someone other than Leicester. When the season started -- we were crap. Personally I think some of our rivals are going to be knackered between post season tours, World Cup games and pre season mini tournaments. We aren't the only club with a light preseason schedule and with a small squad in a World Cup year it makes sense.
Patrick Murphy
13 Posted 17/07/2014 at 23:54:32
Phil for the last time I support Everton FC and not Roberto, Howard, Joe, David, Harry, Gordon, Billy or anybody else that has managed our club in the last 50 odd years. Like any other manager from the past I will lambast him when he warrants it and praise him when he merits it. What I won't do and have never done is to have a fixation on him as the central reason for my supporting Everton FC like all that have gone before him he is temporarily in charge of Everton FC and if he does the business he will stay for a while, if he fails he will be dismissed - harsh but true.
Mark Andersson
14 Posted 18/07/2014 at 04:54:23
Nicely put, Patrick. I cannot understand the pessimism over the pre-season friendlies, after all. Whether a team wins or loses the experts say it has no bearing on the real season. That said, I’m sure the boys went into last season with confidence only to draw their opening games.
Eric Myles
15 Posted 18/07/2014 at 06:25:50
Derek #2, you may get a live commentary on the official website and some match highlights later on; that's what Leicester are doing.
Sam Hoare
16 Posted 18/07/2014 at 07:13:24
Our friendlies do seem a bit underwhelming and quite late to be announced, ultimately though the proof is in the pudding. If we start the season well then the decision will be more than vindicated.
Tony Abrahams
17 Posted 18/07/2014 at 07:14:30
Don’t think it was the pre-season, but more the transfer deadline signings that contributed towards our play last season Jim.

Funny that, Phil, let’s hope the players are as refreshed as you after having a well deserved break away from it all. How many players do you think we will sign?

David Greenwood
18 Posted 18/07/2014 at 07:22:09
How do people in Brazil communicate with people in Europe, carrier pigeon, mail on a sail boat? Dear, oh dear... Nothing was buggered up with Roberto in Brazil for four weeks. The world is a small place these days.

That's four pre-season games now, usually five, maybe? So one game away from what would normally happen. Man Utd have five arranged.

I still can't get my head round people accusing the club of doing nothing in the transfer window. Really, do you honestly think that nothing is happening? Just because you don't know about it, doesn't mean the work is not being done.

And changing topics again! Why should we not aim for top spot? Attitude and team spirit go a long way, something that we clearly have, as well as lots of talent.

RS will be weaker they are buying quantity not quality to replace the bitey cheating racist.

Man Utd can't attract the top names despite all the positive spin the press are giving LvG, and they need a complete clearout and new load in. When did Rooney last have a good game? RvP, always injured, Smalling, Jones, Rafael, Young, Evans, Nani, Anderson, Cleverley, Fletcher, Welbeck, Hernandez, and loads who I can't be arsed to think of — overrated pish.

Arsenal have too many overrated midfielders, not very good defenders, one quality forward in Sanchez to be fair.

Chelsea and Man City, too many bloated egos and players, agents and hangers on only looking for a quick buck, a couple of dodgy results and it's a crisis for these guys.

Let's get wired in this season and rattle these buggers right up.

James Ford
19 Posted 18/07/2014 at 12:09:12
What you lot banging on about... Stop nitpicking and book your flights.. Just done mine
Paul Andrews
20 Posted 18/07/2014 at 12:21:17
Mike Oats,

Do you genuinely believe Roberto is ringing around looking to organise friendlies?

It's not the Liverpool Sunday League

Jamie Barlow
22 Posted 18/07/2014 at 13:25:16
It will be screened live on EvertonTv.
Mike Childs
24 Posted 18/07/2014 at 18:12:01
Love your enthusiasm Dave G. Why not I say the RS were a slip away from it last year. Obviously City and Chelsea are cut above the rest but once the whistle blows anything is possible. I think we’re firmly in the second tier with United, Arsenal and RS.
Mike Oates
25 Posted 18/07/2014 at 18:18:47
Paul Andrews & Paul Ferry

With the new preseason game just announced for Celta Vigo at TRANMERE don’t tell me the blame for a late botched preseason doesn’t lie with Management team of Martinez and someone from the Admin. It’s clear that the lateness of clarifying Europa entry and then I suspect the lack of clarity re actual transfer targets/budgets requirements and our World Cup players preseason availability then the pre- season games were all an irritation too difficult to sort out. BUT you do need testing games and finally with 2 weeks to go we’ve got them.

Mike Oates
26 Posted 18/07/2014 at 18:18:47
Paul Andrews & Paul Ferry

With the new preseason game just announced for Celta Vigo at TRANMERE don’t tell me the blame for a late botched preseason doesn’t lie with Management team of Martinez and someone from the Admin. It’s clear that the lateness of clarifying Europa entry and then I suspect the lack of clarity re actual transfer targets/budgets requirements and our World Cup players preseason availability then the pre- season games were all an irritation too difficult to sort out. BUT you do need testing games and finally with 2 weeks to go we’ve got them.

Paul Andrews
27 Posted 18/07/2014 at 19:21:22
Ok Mike I won't tell you.

It's bollox though to put the blame on Roberto ( and someone from the admin team)

James Ford
28 Posted 18/07/2014 at 22:24:40
Mike. When the players line up 5 mins before kick-off, do you think they all think "Oh no... this game was only confirmed 10 days ago?"


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