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July - 2005

July - 2005

July proved a jet-set month for the Blues, with pre-season trips to Austria, Thailand and Turkey as the club prepared for the season that lay ahead.

It was a friendly match against small-town Austrian outfit FC Gamlitz early in the month that £5m signing Per Kroldrup made his debut. The Blues won the match 9-0.

The Danish international central defender was snapped up from Italian outfit Udinese at the end of June but it wasn't until July that he joined up with his new teammates.

New Signings Per Kroldrup and Simon Davies leave the pitch Per Kroldrup and Simon Davies leave the pitch after the win over FC Gamlitz in which they made their debut

Also back in an Everton shirt during this month was Mikel Arteta, who ironed out the details on a permanent move to Goodison after impressing during a six month loan spell in time to figure in a friendly match at Motherwell's Fir Park.

The brief excursion north of the border was the pre-cursor to a trip to the Far East. The club took part in the prestigious Premier League Cup in Bangkok, suffering consecutive penalty shoot-out defeats to end the tournament in fourth place.

A 1-1 draw with Thailand led to the first shoot-out reverse. The third place play-off with Manchester City also ended 1-1 after extra time and, yet again, penalties proved Everton's undoing.

The football may not have gone according to plan, but it was an opportunity for the new arrivals to gel with their new teammates and it also provided the Blues, who have close links with Thailand thanks to the club's sponsorship deal with Chang, the opportunity to visit the Everton-Chang village.

The village has been built with money raised by both Everton and Chang to help the survivors of the 2004 tsunami that killed tens of thousands of people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

David Moyes in Phuket David Moyes coaching children in Phuket during the pre-season trip to Thailand

It proved an emotional visit for David Moyes and his players.

Following the trip to Thailand Everton made a short excursion to Turkey to face fellow Champions League contenders Fenerbahce.

The trip was intended as a dress-rehearsal for the European excursions that would come later in the season.

There were many lessons learned from a game that the Blues lost by five goals to nil.

Equally troubling was the sight of Lee Carsley hobbling off early in the first-half just minutes into his return to action following a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The setback ensured Carsley remained on the sidelines troubled by injury until the end of 2005.

The end of July saw the draw made for the Champions League qualifying round, with the Blues pitted against Villarreal.

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