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What The Papers Say - 4 August

James Vaughan and the Everton Chile clash the topics of conversation in today's papers.

What The Papers Say - 4 August

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Liverpool Echo



CD Everton are hoping to pull off a shock in tonight’s historic match at Goodison Park.

Despite being crowned Chilean champions as recently as 2008, the South Americans are underdogs ahead of the inaugural Brotherhood Cup match.

David Moyes’ side are on a hot streak with an impressive 100 per cent record in pre-season, scoring 12 goals in five games.

Star of the Everton Chile side is goalkeeper and captain Gustavo Dalsasso, and the former Boca Juniors stopper will be charged with keeping the Toffees at bay tonight.

Although the Chilean Primera Division is sub-standard to the English Premier League, Dalsasso insists the Vina Del Mar club are determined to give a good account of themselves.

“Everton are obviously a much stronger side than us but we will have to try and make that up with a greater level of application and concentration,” he said.

“We’ve got an ambition to come over here and do well, pull together and try and get a result.

“Obviously we want to get everything right and do as well as we can.

“We are here to represent our club; a club that has got great relations with Everton in England. We are also representing our country.

“Chile is regarded as the most English of South American countries. There are a lot of English traits and customs in Chile. It is regarded as the little England of the South American continent so we want to do well here in the country that triggered all of that off.”

While Everton are gearing up for the start of the new season, Everton Chile are midway through their campaign and have been granted special dispensation by the Chilean FA to break from their domestic schedule.

Following tonight’s match, the Blues travel to Germany to play Wolfsburg on Saturday to complete their pre-season schedule ahead of the Premier League opener at Blackburn a week later.

“We know Everton are a team that finished in the top half of the table last season. They are a strong side,” said Dalsasso.

“Hopefully they are not as motivated as we are to win this game.

“But they are coming to the end of their pre-season preparations so will really be looking to sharpen up in the last few games before the start of the season in less than two weeks’ time. Everton have got many international players, some of whom play for Nigeria, Holland and Australia at the World Cup.

“We know we will have our hands full playing against them. But we really want to get on with it and show what we can do against players of the highest calibre.”

Daily Post



Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers are lining up a move for James Vaughan.

The Everton striker has moved down the pecking order at Goodison Park following the summer arrivals of Jermaine Beckford and Magaye Gueye and could be tempted by a fresh challenge at Ewood Park.

Rovers manager Sam Allardyce is an admirer of Vaughan and is thought to be willing to meet Everton’s the £1.5million valuation to land the 22-year-old.

Vaughan burst on to the scene against Crystal Palace in April 2005 when he became Everton’s and the Premier League’s youngest ever goalscorer.

Since then his progress has been hampered by a succession of injuries and he has struggled to make an impact in David Moyes’ team.

Following two loan stints last season, first with Derby County before joining Leicester in March, Moyes is thought to be prepared to let Vaughan leave on a permanent basis as he looks to raise funds before the end of the transfer window.

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IT’S not often you can guarantee the Goodison faithful will applaud goals by the opposition.

But should the Everton defence be breached tonight, that’s exactly what will happen.

Some 101 years after CD Everton was formed, the Chilean club will finally face their namesakes for the inaugural Brotherhood Cup.

CD Everton were established by a group of exiled Anglo-Chilean football supporters in 1909 in the port of Valparaiso, inspired by Everton’s all-conquering tour of South America alongside a travelling Tottenham Hotspur side.

To mark their centenary year the Vina Del Mar club have been invited to Merseyside to play Everton and arrive as the first Chilean club to play in Europe.

It is an honour that delights CD Everton manager Nelson Acosta who says he will be a proud man leading his team out at Goodison.

“This is an historic occasion for Everton Chile and the English Everton,” said Acosta.

“It is the first time a Chilean team has been invited at club level to come and play anywhere in Europe. We will be the first to do it and we are very proud of that.

“Over the years there have been links and similarities between the two clubs. It goes beyond the world of football. We are in the realms of cultural and historic links between the two countries; between our cities.

“It is a great moment for us.”

As the man who led CD Everton to the club’s first league title for 32 years two seasons ago, Acosta is accustomed to making history.

Born in Uruguay, he played for Penarol in his homeland before moving to Chile in 1977 to join CD Everton.

Although his playing days at Everton were shortlived, it is here that his love affair with the country began and he eventually became a naturalised Chilean in 1984.

He went on to manage the national team and oversaw Chile’s 2-0 win over England at Wembley prior to the 1998 World Cup.

Acosta guided Chile to France that year where he added another chapter to the story of Chilean football.

“That was the first time in our history we’d got beyond the World Cup group stages playing outside of Chile,” he says proudly.

“I’ve made history in Chile at various stages of my life but winning the title with Everton was the most important achievement of my career by far simply because we hadn’t won it for 32 years prior to that.

“I arrived in 2007 when the team was in danger of being relegated. It was my job to keep them up.

“We cleared out lot of players and started virtually from scratch. We built up a totally different side and won the league.

“But now there are only four or five of that team still with us. It is like a constant rotation policy in Chile. Some players only stay for a year and move on to different countries. But Everton is a big part of my life.”

The transient nature of club football in Chile means that CD Everton have found it difficult to emulate the success of two years ago.

With the Chilean season well underway – Acosta’s side were granted special dispensation by the country’s football Association to travel to Europe – CD Everton are currently lying in mid-table.

“The title will be difficult this year,” admits Acosta. “We have a lot of ground to make up this season but will go for it again next season. We will bring in new players and start again.”

Although David Moyes’ Everton are outstanding favourites to triumph tonight, Acosta insists his team are not just here to make up the numbers.

“It’s absurd that you can actually think of going into a game as a professional football manager and not have the intention of winning,” said the 66-year-old.

“Obviously it’s a special occasion, different from any other game, but we still want to win if we can.

“As representatives of our country, we have a duty to come here and play to the best of our ability. In terms of Chilean football and also to continue the links between the two clubs we need to do ourselves justice and play to our maximum.

“It will be a very good experience for our players to come over here and face players from different cultures. We are very keen to do well while we are here.”

Just as CD Everton provide an element of the unknown, Acosta admits he knows little of their English counterparts. He used the World Cup to brush up on some of the Blues’ dangermen and singles out Tim Howard as one player who caught his eye in South Africa.

“We didn’t know too much about Everton’s team but watching the World Cup where they had so many players involved, we saw a lot more of them,” he said.

“The goalkeeper Tim Howard stood out in particular.

“He played really well for the United States.

“You take note of the teams that did well and the names of Everton players tended to crop up.

“That has helped us become more aware of Everton.

“Saying that, we didn’t want to take too much notice of the players doing well at the World Cup or we may become afraid of them!”

Despite the friendly nature of tonight’s game – all money raised will be donated to the Former Everton Players Foundation – Acosta is giving little away as to what we can expect from the visitors.

“I like my teams to do their talking on the pitch,” he smiles.

“I don’t make a mystery of it but it’s down to how the players react on the pitch. You’ve got to devise a system that best suits the players at your disposal at any given moment.

“If a manager has got his own system devised but the players do not fit into that than he’s got problems.”

It all adds to the intrigue of a fascinating encounter.

 

Alex WeatherbyMoyes please don't sell vaughan he is an exciting talent from the academy, the fans love him as is shown by the noise whenever he comes on or gets the ball. He is an everton fan and always works hard, has great pace and can be a useful impact sub. 1.5m is a joke

Thursday 5th August 18:50 Report Comment

David Kellyi agree get gai assulin in on a free he was meant to be as good as messi

Thursday 5th August 17:35 Report Comment

laurence kirkgood night/bad night drove over 300 miles to take my misses to the game everton v everton her first game of football ever enjoyed the game me and her.bad part tryed outside the ground for a program then man on turn style said would get one inside no joy asked another stewart he said you will get one at the box office after the game no joy gutted no program.But driving back to bournemouth stopped at services and everton of chile coach stopped there and i got all the squads autographs and some momentos very happy man but alas no program.Still worth the 600 and odd miles drive to see the mighty blues and meet the mighty yellows all in all one happy man.lol of bournemouth C O Y B

Thursday 5th August 16:22 Report Comment

Justin CorioWas a tongue in cheek comment Padda

Thursday 5th August 09:00 Report Comment

DAVE HUNTERI would imagine a lot of the money from sky and finishing 8th in the league has gone on paying peoples wages

Thursday 5th August 08:43 Report Comment

padda brewsterjustin who pays the players it all comes out of that budget mate sorry

Thursday 5th August 06:03 Report Comment

Stuart Tomlinsonget £3mil for Osman and get rid of a few more fringe players and get Donavan and Royston Drenthe in we also have strong up and coming reserve team players in Baxter Akpan Mustaphi and Duffy etc who can step up when needed.

Thursday 5th August 00:14 Report Comment

Justin CorioIf the players bought last year were brought with the lescott money, what have we done with the money we get from sky last year and this year? Plus there is the money for where we finished in the league.

Wednesday 4th August 23:57 Report Comment

Justin CorioIf Gai Assulin is available on a free let's have a look hehe

Wednesday 4th August 21:46 Report Comment

Justin CorioThere has been times when I have thought a little extra pace to get beyond the backline is needed and thought sling Vaughan on! Admittedly not been for a while due to his injuries and loans but have thought it in the past! It is very rare I would like to see a player go as they all have a role to play, plus he is still young and has shown great potential so for me £1.5million doesn't do him justice!

Wednesday 4th August 19:28 Report Comment

Justin CorioLove it Mr Dave Hunter I think Everton will win that league of yours hehe

Wednesday 4th August 19:17 Report Comment

James McKeownI say let him go, with a good luck for the future and a pat on the back. Can anyone really admit to thinking, " cant wait for James Vaughan to come on " when he is on the bench. We have moved on and through bad luck etc I dont think he has.

Wednesday 4th August 18:14 Report Comment

DAVE HUNTERAnyone who hasn't joined yet, there is an Evertonian only fantasy footie league. go to http://fantasy.premierleague.com/ pick your team join league NSNO with code 58325-82977 - we have 125 joined at the minute sure we could fit a few more in - and it's FREE

Wednesday 4th August 17:13 Report Comment

David BadcockI have some opinions inserted in two "comments" on this issue of why no one is appearing to invest in EFC but both "comments" are still held for approval. I hope they appear soon but in the meantime I made 2 comments on this issue yesterday, which are still relevant.

Wednesday 4th August 16:51 Report Comment

Justin CorioI think investment or buying the club is all about balance, with great wealth and the ability to buy whoever you want comes great expectancy! Look what happened to Hughes last year at Man City! What is needed is the right investment and the right balance with as little tinkering in club affairs as possible!

Wednesday 4th August 16:27 Report Comment

David BadcockDave, I think they already do. As you will see from my comment awaiting approval and still not appeared yet, EFC loses money each year so they will be stomping up cash anyway just to keep the business afloat, even before transfers. Last year's loss stated in the accounts was £7m. Graeme is spot on with regard to the attractiveness. We fans naturally think that EFC is EXTREMELY attractive but emotion and economics are not good bedmates. But things will improve with CL and finishing above that lot across the Park . . .

Wednesday 4th August 16:09 Report Comment

DAVE HUNTERCan anyone explain why Lord Granchester and/or Robert Earl (both on the board/shareholders) don't put their hand in their pocket, they are both very very rich men, between them they could easily afford to buy Landon Donovan, or majority of players Moyes may need.

Wednesday 4th August 16:00 Report Comment

Rex H LawrenceThank you for your question Russell.Much as I love Bill I have to agree with Neils answer.Bill has had over five years to find the right investor,the Rooney affair having signalled the fact that our mighty Everton had degradingly and unbelievably become a feeder club.What is more this was well before the credit crunch.I feel disloyal in saying it but Bill appears not to want to allow in outside investment despite his assurances to the contrary.. .Don't tell me there haven't been any suitable investors interested in Everton.Mind you Idon't think the misguided Keioc lot have helped recently.I am waiting for them to be of positive assistance in our finding anew grouund.A tenth of the effort they put into their wholely negative campaign in saboetaging Kirkby would be most welcome.

Wednesday 4th August 15:48 Report Comment

Graeme TierneyCity were an attractive proposition to buy because they had a new stadium. Fulham are an attractive proposition because they are in London (a posh part of London as well). If the people who are supposed to be interested in buying Blackburn are the same ones I think they are, they are local businessmen. I really wouldn't want Everton to end up like City. While they can buy anyone they want, they are becoming more and more distant from the fans. In an ideal world, I would like someone to come in and buy the club, give the manager funds to buy players who would fit into the club, while keeping Bill Kenwright on the board in some capactity. You have to have someone up there who has a genuine love of the team, or you end up with a fiasco like the one across the Park

Wednesday 4th August 15:27 Report Comment

Ryan EdwardsBe great for us to win today against Chile Champions. I dont want James Vaughn to be linked with a move away from Everton, I dont mind another loan move with a championship, but I think he will be a big player for us in the upcoming seasons

Wednesday 4th August 15:19 Report Comment

ieuan llewellynif everton chile are the champions in chilie, we should be the champions of england

Wednesday 4th August 15:13 Report Comment

David BadcockComments for Neil and Russell appearing here soon but a long comment means the club have yet to approve it. . . . but it is all about being in the CL and having a new ground or, at least, one that can house the proper facilities and expanded attendances. Otherwise the figures don't add up. The club nearly went into administration back in 2004, so things are improving . .

Wednesday 4th August 14:42 Report Comment

David BadcockRussell, I can't explain it for sure because I do not have the inside knowledge of the EFC Board but, firstly, I would refer you to my two comments left on yesterday's "What the Papers Say". Please read them and the linked web page in the first message I left. With regard to Blackburn, they have only £20m of debt which is much more easily resolved than EFC's £90m. There are penalties for paying off our debt early so the real figure is, in effect, larger. Our assets are more valuable (including the playing and management staff contracts) than Blackburn. Blackburn is a single club town and has a catchment area which can be defined and fairly well-known. The £300m mentioned is over a LONG period which could mean many things and is undefined and you can't necessarily believe it either because it can't be made a condiition of contract. It is merely a loose promise. When you think about it, how many new investors have actually trumped up the amount they said they would? Exclude Chelski and Citeh and your scratching around. Blackburn do not have a ground issue and they have a fairly sound cost base. EFC are losing £7m a year at the moment, which potentially increases debt and makes life more difficult to resolve the ground issue. So, the board are effectively giving £7m a year just to keep the club afloat, before any transfers. The only way to change that is to make more income, through a new, larger stadium, or consistently playing in the CL. Leeds realised that but got their fingers burnt trying to force that by buying in top players at huge cost, who then didn't perform and the gamble went t*** up. Blackburn can probably be bought for less than £100m (debt write-off included). The likely net cost of buying EFC, sorting the debt and sorting a new ground, even before ensuring a transfer budget would be likely to be in excess of £200m. Citeh and Chelski's grounds were sorted before any big investor came along. Goodison is a grand,old nostalgic lady but behind the times. Not getting sorted at the Docks or Knowsley is a HUGE missed opportunity. And we have to prove, with results in the PL, CL and Cups, that we are the first team in Liverpool, as was the case in many periods in the past. On the ground front, don't forget that the club has moved ground twice since St. Domingo's was founded. Finally, don't rule out the possibility of the Blackburn thing running out of steam or that it creates more instability and then prompts the virtuous circle of decline, as happened at Portsmouth. Anyway, the summary is that our figures don't make it attractive for an investor, as I stated in the last comment yesterday. Sad but true, I am afraid. So just now, we would only be likely to be attractive to a Football Playboy multi-BILLIONAIRE, with a continuous cash stream, like Abramovich. That creature is not exactly what the board would feel comfortable handing over to either., unless they were already an Evertonian. This is a long comment again: there never seems enough to time or space to cover this one. On the positive side, we are close to realising the first goal soon with finishing this season in the CL and above the Reds across the Park!

Wednesday 4th August 14:38 Report Comment

nasser khanLOL as an efc fan neve heard of co everton

Wednesday 4th August 14:30 Report Comment

neil brimageI agree with Russell Madden.A for instance,Liverpool FC.Debts of £300m,owners want god knows what and the new stadium £400m say with new players £1bn.Yes they are a global brand but for a 3rd of that quoted price we could be.Look at Man City,they are a nothing club in terms of trophies but are now the richest in the world.Me thinks uncle Bill is putting off potential investors because he likes the limelight to much and does not want to give the club up.

Wednesday 4th August 14:04 Report Comment

Paul HowellsLooks like all the fans have the same opinion on Vaughany. As I mentioned the other day and has been repeated below a loan move until either Jan or for a full season would be best option. And as mentioned below if we were to sell 1.5m is not enough. For a start he is worth more than that, but also we couldnt re-invest 1.5m. We would need a lot more than that if we were looking to dip into the transfer market. Reports on Gosling were suggesting anywhere between 3 and 5 mil dependin which paper you read. Vaughan has to be worth the same or more than Gosling. Alexis Yeung I remember that match, I think it might have been Bolton away and if I recall when the camera went on Vaughan getting treatment he was telling Baz to stick a bandage on it and let him play on. Testament to his never say die character, even with a burst artery and blood gushing out he wanted to carry on. We wont find that in abybody else. Oh and looking forward to tonight, got my ticket and I will be applauding both teams tonight.

Wednesday 4th August 13:43 Report Comment

Russell MaddenCan somebody explain to me why all these rich people, consortium's are willing to buy Fulham, Blackburn but not Everton. Apparently this Indian fella is reported to be promising to clear the club's £20million debt and invest £300million to provide sustainability for a long period of time. What is stopping people from buying us. It is a worry that these multimillionaires are showing no interest in Everton.

Wednesday 4th August 13:41 Report Comment

Mikel ArreguiI agree thtat a loan to a Premier League club would be a better option than selling him. Even if we sold him, which I don't think we should, 1.5M is ridiculous. Oh and come on Evertons today! hehehe

Wednesday 4th August 12:58 Report Comment

David FayBlackburn get looked at and what interest has there been in EFC, nothing according to Bill. I know he's trying but we haven't even heard a rumour. C'mon a big lottery win and I'd invest no problem. Also re Vaughan, the kid hasn't had a chance to have a run of starts to prove his premiership worth. I agree with a loan to Blackpool or Blackburn where he'd starts 20/30 games and we'd see if he really is good enough or are we holding onto memories! As well DM, if Pienaar won't sign then we need to invest. Get Ireland or McGeady before they are gone. Neither would cost more than 10 and Donovan is a striker and we don't need another striker unless the Yak goes. Also Van De Vart the unliked Dutch midfielder is a talent but hasn't played since moving to spain. He'd replace Arteta if Barca come a calling cause can't really begrudge him that move. As for Left Back cover, Distin is a lefty but lets trawl the younger talent and bring in a kid with a future. C'mon Everton tonight, maybe we'll find some chilean talent! Who knows..

Wednesday 4th August 12:02 Report Comment

Ian BrakeI think Everton will win tonight.....heheheheh

Wednesday 4th August 11:37 Report Comment

Adam LaidlawNow blackburn are being linked with numerous takeoevers and 300 million being pumped into the club, yet apparently no-one wants to in invest in everton???

Wednesday 4th August 11:27 Report Comment

DAVE HUNTERHopefully tonight we will see a great game from both teams, Moyes has got to start thinking about his starting eleven for balckburn so hopefully not too many subs. Still 4-0 for scouse Everton

Wednesday 4th August 10:47 Report Comment

Alex JenningsAlthough I think Vaughan is quite a good player, we do have a few good/promising strikers. However, if we're selling him 1.5m is nowhere near enough.

Wednesday 4th August 10:40 Report Comment

alexis leungI can't recall who let Vaughan kicked the studs of his boot in a game a few years back. I can't forget seeing blood oozed out from his boot. The young man seemed to have a faded career since then. More or less the same happened to Gosling last year. For those veterans who believe they are entitled to teach young boys a lesson the hard way, think again.

Wednesday 4th August 10:36 Report Comment

James ConboyCouldn't agree more Justin. I'd love to see him on a season long loan in the Premier league to Blackpool or West Brom and see how he goes with some good consistent game time. Everton don't sell him yet!

Wednesday 4th August 10:36 Report Comment

Matt Hedditchthink that it would be good for both james and everton that he moved on as with team now in reality he is never going to command a first time place he will only be a bit part player we need to let him go now and futher his own career maybe in the championship not a premiership standard player

Wednesday 4th August 10:32 Report Comment

Costas ConstantinouWhat ever the result tonight I think both Evertons and their supporters will benifit greatly from this historic match. Wish I could be there.

Wednesday 4th August 10:10 Report Comment

Justin CorioI still don't get how Vaughan is only worth £1.5 million! Personally I would prefer to see him loaned, grabbing some game time and sharpness for 6 months, he is worth more than £1.5 million to us!!!

Wednesday 4th August 09:44 Report Comment

roger PhillipsVIVA EVERTON

Wednesday 4th August 09:37 Report Comment
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