Everton announce Algarve Cup dates

Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 23comments  |  Jump to most recent
Everton will play Lille and FC Porto in the Algarve next month as part of their pre-season preparations.

The Blues will face the French side on Saturday 21st July and then the Portuguese giants the following day, both 8pm kick-offs at Estadio Algarve.  

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Timothy Sebastian
1 Posted 26/06/2018 at 17:57:24
Good quality opponents. I'll provide a better test than our African friendly.
Steve Ferns
2 Posted 26/06/2018 at 17:59:36
Absolutely gutted. Waited 20 years for this. Any of the previous 19 and me and the old fella would be there, 25 minutes from his place, in Algarve heaven. But with his illness we'll be stuck in England.

Anyone who can should go. The Algarve Stadium is a great little stadium. Not often used for football, it was built for the Euros in a popular location for tourists, but with no real football teams in the locale. The Stadium is interesting as it has two big stands on the sides and little stands at the ends that are open to the elements (take factor 50, you'll bake).

I think the Algarve might just be one of the best places on earth to live: beautiful weather, amazing food, great and friendly people, and top cycling. It's also pretty cheap for flights to Faro, you'll find a decent package holiday to Albufeira which isn't far, and there's loads of more upmarket places around. And if you like golf, then it's golf heaven. Enjoy, whoever goes.

Gordon White
3 Posted 26/06/2018 at 18:12:46
,That's a shame Steve. Good of you to offer the advice.
Ray Said
4 Posted 26/06/2018 at 18:13:59
Well said Steve (2). Good stadium in a Portuguese paradise – looking for Easy Jet flights as we speak!
Steve Ferns
5 Posted 26/06/2018 at 18:24:04
I reckon Everton will stay here. This is where all the big teams stay and Vilamoura is amazing. But I'm biased so I would say that!

I wonder who's idea this is, whilst Silva might be Portuguese, Brands might have chosen the popular Browns as Ajax and the Dutch National side have been there often. If you go over to watch the game, try and get to Browns to see the side, I bet you'll find them on one of Vilamoura's four golf courses.

David Israel
6 Posted 26/06/2018 at 18:28:51
Great piece of advertising, Steve! I'm not one for the seaside, so I don't particularly enjoy the Algarve – but the golf courses and the food, as you rightly point out, are excellent.

Good choice of opposition on our part too, even though Lille are not a top team these days, but they're in the French top tier. As for Porto, well, they are the Portuguese Champions. It should be interesting.

Hope your old fella gets well soon.

Derek Knox
7 Posted 26/06/2018 at 18:41:26
Two games in 24 hours, so there will be two sides, be interesting if we will have any additions by then.

I for one urged patience in the Transfer window but, with the World Cup on, it doesn't leave a lot of time for new recruits.

Interesting times ahead.

David Milner
8 Posted 26/06/2018 at 18:41:45
Excellent for me. Just a 4-hour drive from my place in Spain. Found a good B & B already.
Steve Ferns
9 Posted 26/06/2018 at 18:44:35
Thanks David. It's pancreatic cancer, stage III, so not looking good. Not that it stopped him going for a 12-mile bike ride yesterday, or playing 18 holes of golf (with a blood clot in his arm as well!!!) on Sunday. If anyone can beat it, it's him.

The beaches on the Algarve are beautiful, David. You might change your mind. I recommend the restaurant on the seafront in Olhos de Agua. The first time I went, I asked my dad how fresh the fish was, he asked the guy who owned the little place, knowing full well what would happen next. The guy whistled a guy coming out from the sea, where he was putting his boat away and he was holding canisters of fish he'd just caught, and we were able to select our food!

Seafood is a speciality in the Algarve, and don't forget Nandos is a copy of the chicken shacks that are common in Portugal, but the Peri Peri sauce is quite different to the rubbish Nandos serve.

David Israel
10 Posted 26/06/2018 at 19:46:40
Your dad certainly looks like he's a tough guy, Steve!

Once you tire of writing on football coaching and tactics (I hope you never do), you can become a food critic!

I know the Algarve, Steve, but I prefer the western side, the Lagos area, much cooler (I mean the breeze!).

Cheers, mate.

Neil Cox
11 Posted 26/06/2018 at 20:23:10
Just got back from a week in Gale and would love another trip there. Think I will check EasyJet as I agree with the comments others have made about the place.
Peter Thistle
12 Posted 26/06/2018 at 22:13:24
Shouldn't there be 4 teams in a tournament?
Nicholas Ryan
13 Posted 26/06/2018 at 22:44:42
I checked EasyJet and Ryanair, within 5 minutes of the announcement, and the prices had already gone from £50 each-way to £250 each-way.
Liam Reilly
14 Posted 27/06/2018 at 09:03:09
Good sell, Steve. I love the Algarve myself – great: food, wine, golf and sun. Best toyour dad; certainly no problem with his mental state.

Finally, 2 good quality opponents but, as said above – may well need two teams if the games are 24 hours apart.

Peter Mills
15 Posted 27/06/2018 at 10:35:08
And there was me, getting all excited about a trip to Bury! Still, I’ve been told the black pudding will be in season.

Best wishes to your Dad, Steve.

Neil Cremin
16 Posted 27/06/2018 at 11:30:16
Pissed off with the timing as I was originally planning to go on my annual two weeks holidays in the Algarve on Friday 20th July but had to defer a week.
Paul Birmingham
17 Posted 27/06/2018 at 17:48:14
Great testimony, Steve, and I endorse all the good things said about the Algarve. I ve been a lot as it's great weather, game fishing, local foods, Sagres, Lancers and other great wines to suite.

I've some good family friends and spent a lot of time in Monte Gordo and Villa Real San Antonio, which is right on the Guadiana and border with Spain.

Great place to go and to see EFC, alas I'm working.. Hopefully all who go will have a ball.

Talking asking about results, and perhaps EFC can make get their act together for the new season.

Dermot Byrne
18 Posted 27/06/2018 at 17:56:51
Poo... brother-in-law lives there but flights are just a bit much and more than usual from Liverpool. Surprise, surprise!
Pat Kelly
19 Posted 27/06/2018 at 20:54:31
Given how slow the clearout is progressing, and with the rebuild even slower, there might be nothing much new to see by then.
Kim Vivian
20 Posted 28/06/2018 at 18:39:47
Equally as gutted as Steve. I'm out there (Albefueria) from 25th for a week for a wedding on the Monday and would def' have gone if these had been the following weekend. C'est la vie...
Phillip Warrington
21 Posted 28/06/2018 at 20:50:24
If the season is so long and players complain about playing so many games, why do we have to play so many friendlies?

Surely the manager has a fair idea of his starting 11.

Alex Kociuba
22 Posted 29/06/2018 at 22:29:06
Flying to Lisbon might be significantly cheaper – if you can be arsed driving, it's only about 2.5 hours and motorway nearly all the way.

I also once flew from Liverpool via Amsterdam to Faro and the flights were about €70 instead of €300 odd.

Mike Keating
23 Posted 30/06/2018 at 09:46:18
Love the Algarve – especially the seafood but on bloody jury service so I'm out.

The stadium is on the A22 toll road, so easily reached from anywhere along the coast.

Word of warning; drink driving is a No No and Portugal has the worst record for traffic accidents in Europe.

I prefer to get away from the touristy places, eg, Albufera and the golf resorts, and go instead for genuine working towns such as Lagos or Olhao (the best beaches are sand spits off the eastern coastline which can be accessed by ferry or even a train from Pedras del Rey). Tavira is a beautiful old town too and would make a great base if you're not into beach holidays (although you can get a ferry from here to the sand spit beaches).

For anyone wishing to avoid the seaside altogether, it is worth looking into staying in the (possibly cheaper) rural areas to the north of the motorway, eg, Moncarapacho (recommended simply because I've been there) or the mountain spa at Monchique.

Paul @17 – would love to hear where you went game fishing; my only Algarvean fishing trip (from Lagos) was crap.

All the best to your old man, Steve. Sounds like the kind of guy who'll put up a good fight.

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