Everton announce pre-season tournament details

Tuesday, 25 June, 2019 36comments  |  Jump to last
Everton will take on Mainz and Sevilla in a mini-tournament at the German club's Opel Arena on 27 July.

The Blues will travel to Germany to take on the Bundesliga and Liga sides in two matches lasting 60 minutes each on that Saturday.  

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 25/06/2019 at 15:30:19
2 matches the same day? Each lasting 60 minutes? Surely we can do better than this and against better opposition?
Liam Reilly
2 Posted 25/06/2019 at 15:31:20
A lot underwhelming!
John Keating
3 Posted 25/06/2019 at 15:47:51
When I first heard about the games, I was looking for travel and hotel.

Now I've seen the format... pass!

Fran Mitchell
4 Posted 25/06/2019 at 16:02:31
Steve, better opposition? Why? Sevilla have been a great deal more successful than we have been, have they not?

In terms of the format, bit odd, but at the end of the day, it is just practice. Usually in friendlies the first team plays just 45-60 minutes anyway.

All pointless pr exercises at the end of the day.

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 25/06/2019 at 16:08:58
It took us all this time to announce this?

No disrespect to Mainz and Sevilla (both decent enough opponents) but when we were told of a delay in announcing this European tournament held over a weekend I had aspirations maybe we could pull in a few bigger names maybe Dortmund, Bayern or Juventus, Inter or AC Milan?

Bournemouth even managed to pull Real Madrid one year at the bloody Vitality Stadium or whatever it was called then.

It seems every year at Everton we always play it safe with the friendies, it would have been nice to get one at Goodison against a European heavyweight for a change and give Everton fans a chance to see a genuine big name especially as we are rarely ever in European elite tournaments.

There’s actually no game scheduled this preseason at Goodison, does anyone know the reasoning behind that?

Anyway not to worry, it’s decent enough but maybe as ever with us it could have been a bit better and we could have gone for something a bit bigger, feels like the same as last summer and the summer before that.

No coincidence our best ever Premier League season 2013/14 followed a preseason in which we faced Real Madrid and Juventus over in the USA.

David Pearl
6 Posted 25/06/2019 at 16:18:01
No coincidence Jim? Are you sure?
I just want us to be fit and firing and have the squad integrated for the first game of the season. Bloody moaners
Jim Bennings
7 Posted 25/06/2019 at 16:22:48

Nobody is moaning just stating facts.

We keep being told by people at the club that we are thinking big and that “nothing will be the same” but to me the mentality never really changes.

Preseason is all about fitness but it’s also good to try and get some big opponents in front of fans.

This is the kind of tournament a West Ham or Crystal Palace would enter, the top six host or involve themselves amongst elite opponents.

Until we try and match those aspirations then that’s why we won’t be at their levels, as trivial as preseason is.

Pat Kelly
8 Posted 25/06/2019 at 16:26:24
Maybe they'll even unveil the new signing, Lossl.
Jim Bennings
9 Posted 25/06/2019 at 16:26:40
Arsenal are in the States playing Bayern Munich, Roma and Real Madrid.

Spurs are in the Allianz playing United, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus.

We are playing in a pointless tournament with two 60 minutes matches in one day.

The difference in big thinking is night and day.

Jack Convery
10 Posted 25/06/2019 at 16:48:16
Me thinks Beggars can't be choosers. We are just not sexy enough these days. Would rather we did a weekend 4 team format at Goodison as Arsenal usually do at the Emirates. Even teams like PSV, Valencia and Porto would do. It would be fantastic for the city and the Merseyside economic region as it would bring in fans / money etc etc. What do you think DBB ? We could call the trophy The Usmanov Cup and get him to sponsor it for £50m - that would be fantastic for EFC !
Gordon Crawford
11 Posted 25/06/2019 at 16:55:34
What a load of tosh, who comes up with these ideas.
I just hope we have a full squad by then.
On another note is anyone else hearing that the Gomes deal could collapse? Just heard this today. I really hope this isn’t true. :(
Jim Bennings
12 Posted 25/06/2019 at 17:05:58

I've given up thinking about the Gomes saga and, if I were you, I'd do the same.

To me, Everton can't be that desperate to keep him – otherwise, we would have moved weeks ago to tie this up. It's dragged on too long already and there doesn't seem any instant outcome on the horizon.

Brian Williams
14 Posted 25/06/2019 at 17:20:10
Gordon #11.

Where did you hear or read that, Gordon?

Jay Harris
15 Posted 25/06/2019 at 17:23:21
From all accounts, it is Everton who are reluctant to complete a deal that has been agreed in all but signatures.

This is either because we are after someone else or as has been suggested another Barca player (Malcom?) as part of any deal. Or the usual EFC delaying tactic.

It seems we drag deals out more than any other club. The sooner Kenwright resigns as chairman, can't be a day too soon for me.

Gordon Crawford
16 Posted 25/06/2019 at 17:23:58
I have been thinking the same, Jim. I don't understand what is going on with this deal. But it wouldn't surprise me if we screwed this up.

DBB was talking today about us being more executive in our dealings, but I'm not seeing it when it comes to our recruitment.

Jim Bennings
17 Posted 25/06/2019 at 17:25:13
I have heard rumblings over the last few days that it's Everton that are dragging the deal on. From what I've heard in Spain, Barca want rid of Gomes and wanted it done and dusted by last week.

I can only assume it's something with regards to the wages that might be holding it up but it shouldn't have taken this long to be resolved surely?

I would have thought arrangements to sign Gomes permanently would have been made in May and well completed by now, but something's not right for it to be dragging on. There's rumours today that the deal agreed has fallen flat.

i think it's just a case of wait and see, but not ideal when we still need other players to come in and others to leave in just over a month.

Gordon Crawford
18 Posted 25/06/2019 at 17:25:55
Brian, it was in a few papers today. I know it could be utter nonsense, but something doesn't seem right here.

Just Google it, pal.

Anthony A Hughes
19 Posted 25/06/2019 at 17:42:23
Come on, guys, once the Sky/BT money is in, we'll make our signings. Nobody actually believes transfer fees come out of the Moshiri's pockets, do they?
Brian Williams
20 Posted 25/06/2019 at 17:43:12
Googled it, Gordon, and can't find anywhere saying it could collapse, only reports that it "appears" to be Everton holding up the deal for, as yet, reasons unknown.

Of course, this is enough for the naysayers to jump to a negative conclusion and run the club down again.

Ray Roche
21 Posted 25/06/2019 at 17:52:00
But Barcelona need cash by 30th of the month so maybe we're trying to nail a better deal. Penny pinching instead of sewing the deal up.

If that's the case, it's pathetic.

Darren Hind
22 Posted 25/06/2019 at 18:14:05
Everton jeopardising a deal by trying to pay a few bob less, Ray?

Perish the thought...

Justin Doone
23 Posted 25/06/2019 at 18:29:50
It's still June: hold on for a few more weeks and save a bit of cash. Good work, unless people decide to change their minds and don't want to deal any more.

I'm pretty sure that Gomes will come. But he may be the only one in until a late loan deal or two.

Kevin O'Regan
24 Posted 25/06/2019 at 18:50:26
Just looking at the details on the Mainz website. 1st game is on at 1pm local time. Shuttle busses from train station to the stadium. Plenty of beer available and tickets for 5€ for terrace and 10€ for seats.
Jason Broome
25 Posted 25/06/2019 at 19:45:14
Jay Harris @15,

It's not Kenwright. He has nothing to do with the Gomes deal. We are still in June. One way or another, things will get sorted this week.

Fran Mitchell
26 Posted 25/06/2019 at 19:57:32
To paraphrase Stephen King: "All talk no play make Everton fans very dull boys".

People getting angry over the pointless pre-season training exercises, people getting overly anxious over a near-certain transfer (which from all important sources – clubs, player, agents – appears without risk).

People almost starting war on other posts because of how they rate a Man City defender. And a completely over-the-top debate, lacking the 'fraternal' adjective, over the merits of a young player who has been loaned out.

And it still isn't even July... When will this purgatory end? I can't wait for our most likely underwhelming league campaign to get going again.

Jim Bennings
27 Posted 25/06/2019 at 20:15:34

The “it's not even July” that you come out with is actually from next week – only 5 weeks and three days until the closure of the transfer window.

At present we have still yet to complete the Gomes and Zouma deals, one is probably miles off completion, just to keep the squad we finished 8th with together.

We haven't signed an able striker and currently our only choice is a lad with no real finishing prowess in front of goal.

We have still got a pile of deadwood at the club taking a wage, players who will clearly never kick a ball for Everton again, Mirallas, Bolasie, Besic, Martina, Sandro, Niasse, there's just six of them that need moving out.

So, whilst it may be too early to panic, two or three more weeks of this and we will be justified in querying what ambitions we have for next season.

Fran Mitchell
30 Posted 25/06/2019 at 21:03:01
Bill, it is a done deal already.

So Gordon, you assertion that it may be 'utter nonsence' was to the tee.

Gomes now an Everton player, which I am delighted about. He has all the attributes to be a great player for us.

Gomes "“I'm really happy to sign the contract with Everton – it wasn’t hard to decide, it was an easy decision and I’m very happy to have made it,” Gomes told evertontv.

“I know the club made a massive effort to sign me and I'm very happy and thankful to them. I said during the year that I felt part of a family and that is the most important thing to me.

“I always got massive support since day one. I'm really, really happy to have this badge on me right now and I want to give all the fans my best because I think they deserve the best of each player. I'm happy to be here and I want to improve to give them joy.”

Silva: “Andre was a really important player for us last season and I think we were really able to help him, too,” said Marco Silva.

“It was a good decision to bring Andre to the club and we made it one of our priorities to get him back.

“What Andre learned about the club, our fans and our vision convinced him that this is where he wants to play his football and I know he shares the big ambitions that we have going forward.”

Gordon Crawford
31 Posted 25/06/2019 at 21:14:51
Glad to hear it, Fran. That is a relief. It was in the papers today that it could be on the brink of collapse. Lesson learnt lol.

Sorry you couldn't find it, Brian. I will have a look and see what I can find, just for the heck of it.

Dave Williams
32 Posted 25/06/2019 at 21:16:53
Transfer business is seldom done in public. Yes, the media circulate rumours together with agents but an awful,lot of work goes on behind the scenes to arrange to buy and sell players.

No club worth it's salt is going to give bulletins on who/when/why and how. Gomes may have been away on holiday, we might have decided to save a few quid by delaying the signing by a week or two and if so then why the hell not??

I doubt that Brands and his team have been sat idle all summer – sit tight and wait to see what else happens. As for moaning that we still have pretty much the same squad as finished 8th, where would we have finished based on The run in when we stuffed Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd, as we were a different team compared to the one which played so poorly after the Anfield defeat.

This team could do very well this season but, if we are so impatient now, god help us when we kick off!!

Bill Watson
33 Posted 26/06/2019 at 00:17:18
What a load of nonsense about the pre-season training schedule and who we play etc. I don't give a damn about who we play and for how long so long as the squad (or in modern-day parlance, the group) is fit and raring to go when the real thing kicks off.

I seem to recall that, in the 1969-70 pre-season build up, we played Rochdale... and lost 4-3.

Si Smith
34 Posted 26/06/2019 at 03:20:57
Typical TW – never happy.

For pre-season, what a cool format, a chance for the boss to field upto 4 teams, 4 formations all for a full 30 minutes.

Youngsters will get a chance that may otherwise be another year off, we might even see someone like Ellis Simms sparkle when surrounded by first-team squad members.

Again, what's not to like here?

Si Smith
35 Posted 26/06/2019 at 03:26:17
Dave @32.

I agree wholehearted with your comments, clearly Gomes was a done deal, we took him for less than West Ham bid, that tells me our business was conducted correctly.

I'd imagine we will sign a few more soon, but imo we will need to clear the decks too: Besic, McCarthy, Niasse, Tosun, Garbutt, Miralas, Bolasie, Sandro, Martina all to be cleared off the wage bill one way or another (loan, free or sale) before we take too much on, but once we clear up a bit of mess I'd imagine us to start to piece together nicely.

Vlasic, Williams, Jagielka and a group of youngsters cleared out, Lossl and Gomes in, moving along nicely.

John Keating
36 Posted 26/06/2019 at 06:40:38
Bill @33

Yes, you are right, it's all about getting fit and ready for the season.
In the late 50s early 60s I think after running up and down the sandhills at Ainsdale we played the reserves and that was it.

However going away with the team preseason is a good time nowadays. Difficult for the young ones with families but okay for us.

Nice to see us getting hammered in the sunshine, feeling no pain and able to say, "It doesn't really matter cos we're getting fit."

Fred Charters
37 Posted 26/06/2019 at 12:37:34
Seems to be a gentle warm-up practise before a real game v Werder Bremen on 3rd August.
Derek Taylor
38 Posted 28/06/2019 at 09:01:53
No pre-season games at Goodison? In other words, feck the fans, this is football!
David Pearl
39 Posted 28/06/2019 at 19:59:05
I think they are doing some refurb, Derek. I'm waiting for the Jagielka testimonial game to be announced. Maybe mid-season sometime?

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