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Tour Reaching Crescendo

evertonfc.com , 29th July 2009 - 03:55

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There's not long left of the pre-season tour and attention is now firmly on Wednesday's clash with the All-Stars.

There was plenty of ball retention and pressing work at training, as well as some sprint drills to keep everyone razor sharp.

One unusual sight was Tony Hibbert with the goalie gloves on! The full-back borrowed a pair from Tim Howard and faced a few shots from some of the backroom staff, flinging himself around athletically.

After training most of the lads hopped into the improvised ice baths, which bore quite a resemblance to bins!

Steve Round and Brazilian Jo (as he is now seemingly known - in order to distinguish him from Joseph Yobo, Joleon Lescott and Jose Baxter) were on duty for the small band of gathered media, with Jo speaking to a Portuguese language channel.

The players were given free time in the afternoon and the majority chose to either relax by the pool or head into town to buy gifts for their loved ones.

Yakubu chose the latter but not before he'd revealed on a webchat who his footballing idol and that he's no intention of going into coaching when his playing days are over.

evertonTV took the chance to capture some of the impressive vistas by travelling on the ski lift that ferries people up and down the mountain that houses the team hotel.

Later, everyone convened at dinner and made the short trip to a concert organised as part of the build-up to the All-Star game.

Both the Everton players and some of the All-Stars were present at the gig, which was designed to increase awareness of the game the following evening.

All that's left now is to play!

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