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Martinez Meets Football Dream Team

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Everton manager Roberto Martinez was the latest big name to take part in the Football Dream project.

The Blues boss took time out of his busy schedule preparing for the Premier League season to talk to 16 young Chinese footballers who are participating in the sports entertainment TV show.

Everton have been involved in the show for the last 18 months, with Blues legends Graeme Sharp and Ian Snodin travelling to the Far East for the early phases of filming where hundreds of hopeful teenage footballers were whittled down to just 32.

That group was then split in two with half visiting Finch Farm and half visiting Ajax's academy in the Netherlands.

As well as words of wisdom from the boss, the youngsters have also received coaching from Everton's academy coaches, enjoyed sessions with Alan Stubbs and Duncan Ferguson and received expert demonstrations from first-team players Sylvain Distin, Steven Pienaar and Victor Anichebe.

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