Everton

Strong showing by Keane, Gueye power Everton to Europa League win

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:54:00 PDT

Everton closed out the first half with two goals and held off Split for a win in the first leg of the UEL playoff round. The first leg of Everton and Hajduk Split's Europa League clash had to be momentarily halted due to trouble in the crowd. Goals from Michael Keane and Idrissa Gueye leave Everton well placed to progress to the Europa League group stage after beating Hajduk Split 2-0 in the playoff round first leg Thursday night. Crowd trouble in the away section brought the game to a halt shortly after the opening goal, but the home side regrouped and scored again before half-time after stewards and police restored order off the pitch. A fourth-successive clean sheet in all competitions laid the foundations for this victory, although...

August 17, 2002: Wayne Rooney makes Everton debut in draw vs. Tottenham

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:56:00 PDT

Former Everton boss David Moyes has his say on Wayne Rooney's move from Manchester United to Everton. Wayne Rooney made his senior debut at the age of 16 for Everton when facing Tottenham in a Premier League game on Aug. 17, 2002. Then, a phenomenon was born. A version of this article appeared on ESPN FC in September 2010. Rooney's ascent was a thrilling development for English football, but to those in the know at Goodison, it was no surprise. He had been destined for greatness in Everton blue for years. The young Rooney, a native of Croxteth, was offered a trial at Liverpool but never arrived...

Ronald Koeman faces challenge in trying to juggle Everton's rotations

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 01:16:00 PDT

Ronald Koeman says Everton are still trying to get deals done to add new players, including Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson. At a time when the majority of teams barely are through their first game of the new season, manager Ronald Koeman is preparing his Everton side for their fourth competitive outing in 2017-18. Thursday night brings Hajduk Split to Goodison Park in the first leg of the Europa League playoff round. This is the second of five competitive matches in a 16-day spell that started with last weekend's victory against Stoke. With the first leg of the previous Europa League qualifying round taking place in...

Wayne Rooney the Everton hero again with dream goal on second debut

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:50:00 PDT

Everton's Ronald Koeman was full of praise for Wayne Rooney after seeing his new striker score on his second debut. Everton's Ronald Koeman was full of praise for Wayne Rooney after seeing his new striker score on his second debut. A 1-0 win against Stoke on Saturday gave the newest chapter of the Wayne Rooney and Everton story a well-scripted start. His match-winning header helped the home side to their first opening day success in five seasons. With a neat one-two in the build-up, some sharp movement and a well-timed leap, the Rooney homecoming suddenly burst to life as half-time approached. The first goal in royal blue in 4,869 days had been worth the wait. After a wretched first half stemming from some perplexing tactical...

Rooney's dream homecoming kick-starts Everton's 'revolution' in style

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:11:00 PDT

Wayne Rooney provided the lone goal of the game in his Everton return to lead the Toffees to victory over Stoke City. Everton's Ronald Koeman feels Wayne Rooney's experience was a major factor in sealing the Toffees' opening day victory. English Premier League: Wayne Rooney (45'+1) Everton 1-0 Stoke City LIVERPOOL, England -- Three quick thoughts from Everton's 1-0 season-opening win over Stoke City in the Premier League: 1. Rooney makes perfect homecoming All summer long Everton fans have, privately or publicly, harboured their little doubts about Wayne Rooney. Some have never wavered, but for most there has been pointed talk of his "influence in the dressing room" and his "experience at the highest level," those intangible qualities that would surely compensate for his fading powers. But on...

Everton with personnel questions despite rousing start to the summer

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:19:00 PDT

Ronald Koeman says Everton are still trying to get deals done to add new players, including Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson. If the early stages of the transfer window sent supporter optimism off the scale, the subsequent lull and two sleep-inducing Europa League performances offer a heavy dose of perspective as Everton prepare to face Stoke in their opening game on Saturday. Preseason promise does exist by way of the youthful summer signings acquired in the first few days of the window. Each of the new recruits has shown enough in their brief time in royal blue to suggest they can be important players as the season develops. Yet...

2017-18 Premier League season - ESPN FC writer predictions

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:19:00 PDT

The FC crew react to Iain Macintosh's full predicted table, from first to 20th, for the 2017-18 Premier League season. The Premier League is back! Which club do our writers think will win the title in 2017-18? Who will finish in the coveted Champions League spots? Which the three clubs will go down? And who will finish as top scorer and player of the year? Mark Ogden Top four: 1. Man City 2. Arsenal 3. Man United 4. Liverpool Relegated: Huddersfield, Southampton, Brighton Top scorer: Gabriel Jesus Player of the Year: Paul Pogba Iain Macintosh Top four: 1. Man City 2. Man United 3. Tottenham...

Liverpool, Everton sparking revival by bridging gap between old and new

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Professor Thomas Curran and a host of Liverpool sporting personalities reveal what's behind the city's passion for sport. Liverpool FC CEO Peter Moore explains how the club and sport as a whole runs through the very heart of the city itself. Brian Barwick, chairman of Liverpool's 2022 Commonwealth Games bid, explains how the Merseyside derby showcases the best of the city. Thomas Curran of the University of Bath reveals the process of discovering which UK city stands above the rest. Every year, ESPN gathers rigorous, in-depth research to rank the best sporting cities and towns across the UK. You can view the full list of nominations and cast your vote here. LIVERPOOL -- As a city, Liverpool is home to two of the most successful football clubs in the country. It may have been some time since Everton and Liverpool reigned supreme in England, but their history is long lasting. Some three decades on, both sides are now looking to create new legacies. For Liverpool, it is a case...

Transfer Talk: Everton readying Danny Welbeck bid?

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 04:33:00 PDT

After splashing out more than £100m this summer, could Everton be ready to spend more on Welbeck? Everton have raised optimism of challenging the top six this season, but their ambition stretches further yet with the Mirror claiming the Toffees are ready to bid £30m for Arsenal's Danny Welbeck. For more on Danny Welbeck to Everton, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

At £50m, Sigurdsson isn't the solution to Everton's creativity quandary

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 01:35:00 PDT

Don Hutchison discusses Wayne Rooney's potential impact at Everton. This article originally appeared on ESPN FC on July 14, 2017. Coinciding with a much brighter financial outlook and increased spending power, Everton manager Ronald Koeman has overseen the arrival of six new signings as spending nears the £100 million mark. Work on improving a squad that finished seventh last season has begun at breakneck pace. Aside from the protracted and inevitable loss of top scorer Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for £75m, this transfer window marks a role reversal...

Spurs tell Barkley to lower demands; City stars anticipate Alexis

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 06:37:00 PDT

Stewart Robson breaks down the curious case of Ross Barkley, who seems to be wasting his potential away. The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. TOP STORY: Barkley 'must lower wage demands' Everton boss Ronald Koeman has said he is "100 percent" certain that midfielder Ross Barkley will leave in the summer -- but Barkley will have to take a pay cut if he is to end up at Tottenham Hotspur, the Mirror reports. Although Barkley, 23, is in the final year of his contract, Everton...

Inconsistency, expectation have driven Ross Barkley and Everton apart

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:52:00 PDT

Stewart Robson breaks down the curious case of Ross Barkley, who seems to be wasting his potential away. Much of the criticism directed toward Ross Barkley centres on decision-making on the pitch. With Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirming Barkley has rejected a new contract and is eyeing a new challenge, this critique now applies to decisions off the pitch. With none of the six teams above Everton seemingly guaranteeing regular first-team football, this feels more like a quick dart for the exit than a natural progression. Talk of a new challenge seems cheap while Barkley...

Champions League football is still out of reach for Everton

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:57:00 PDT

Former Evertonian Don Hutchison assess Wayne Rooney's worth at Everton and how it could rejuvenate his football. There seems to be a sense of optimism around Everton at the moment. The club has been busy this summer, spending the better part of £100 million on six players, including a hero returning home in Wayne Rooney. Everton have a relatively new owner with deep pockets, after years of aborted plans it looks like their new stadium might actually be built, and in Ronald Koeman they have a manager in his prime. The optimism is well-founded, but how far will it go? Everton's aim is to reach the...

Once touted for greatness, Ross Barkley may now be odd man out at Everton

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:58:00 PDT

Former Evertonian Don Hutchison assess Wayne Rooney's worth at Everton and how it could rejuvenate his football. Ronald Koeman has spoken about Aaron Lennon's return to training and how delighted he is to have him back with the squad. Ross Barkley did not go to Tanzania. He has not gone to Holland and Belgium. If preseason is preparation for the campaign to come, perhaps it will come to seem an accurate precursor of the year he could endure; he may be destined for a watching brief, perhaps from afar.   A groin problem was the official reason for Barkley's omission from Everton's tour parties. But with a contract unsigned, a future shrouded in mystery and a manager who had threatened to freeze him out unless he committed...

Everton's Wayne Rooney selling £500 hugs for charity

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:05:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss Wayne Rooney's comments on Manchester United. If you've ever hankered for a hug from Wayne Rooney, then we have some good news for you. The Everton forward is selling off cuddles at £500 per squeeze in order to raise money for charity. Those of you with intimacy or personal space issues, rest assured that optional selfies and handshakes are also on offer -- at a price. Indeed, the Rooney hug experience will cost a lofty £1,000 for two people. The event is being organised by the A1 Sporting Speakers agency and will take place in September. "It's...

Olivier Giroud: Arsenal, BVB, Everton, Marseille, West Ham sales pitch

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:53:00 PDT

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud has hinted that he could be on his way out of the Emirates before the start of the new season. Arsene Wenger explains his thought process behind having his strikers vie for limited spots in his lineups. With Arsenal's strike force growing, Stevie Nicol delves into where exactly, if at all, Olivier Giroud fits in. Shaka Hislop talks the ins and outs of Mesut Ozil's rumoured decision to stay with the Gunners for the upcoming season. Theo Walcott is relishing additional attacking competition ahead of Arsenal's busy season ahead. Olivier Giroud's career is at a crossroads, with his time at Arsenal coming to an end a real possibility during the summer transfer window. The France international was once the Gunners' undisputed No. 1 striker, but the club-record signing of Alexandre Lacazette and the continued presence of Alexis Sanchez point toward him spending more time on the bench next season if he stays. Giroud, who turns 31 in September, has been linked with several clubs in the Premier League and further afield should...

Footballers like Wayne Rooney don't choose between loyalty or money

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:10:00 PDT

Shaka Hislop gives his perspective as to whether money or sentiment plays a bigger factor in transfers. Wayne Rooney marked his second Everton debut with a stunning goal in the club's pre-season friendly against Gor Mahia. Former Evertonian Don Hutchison assess Wayne Rooney's worth at Everton and how it could rejuvenate his football. Relive a few goals throughout Wayne Rooney's career, as he now stands alone Man United's all-time list. "I've kept it quiet for the last 13 years," Wayne Rooney revealed on rejoining Everton from Manchester United this week, "but I've actually been wearing Everton pyjamas at home with my kids." The message to Everton fans who had reviled him since his departure for United in 2004: he has always remained a fan of "the club I have supported since a boy." Let's hope the pyjama story was the last word of an absurd debate. Asking Rooney (or any other player) to behave like a lifelong "fan" of a club...

What must go right for the Premier League's title contenders?

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:59:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew have all the latest news, views, analysis and transfer talk surrounding the Prem's top seven. The ESPN FC crew have all the latest news, views, analysis and transfer talk surrounding the Prem's top seven. The ESPN FC crew have all the latest news, views, analysis and transfer talk surrounding the Prem's top seven. The ESPN FC crew have all the latest news, views, analysis and transfer talk surrounding the Prem's top seven. The ESPN FC crew have all the latest news, views, analysis and transfer talk surrounding the Prem's top seven. The ESPN FC crew have all the latest news, views, analysis and transfer talk surrounding the Prem's top seven. The top Premier League clubs have already been busy making signings ahead of the new season, but every single one of them has a key issue they must hope goes their way in order to contend for the title. ARSENAL: Some creativity must be found in midfield It seems rather curious to say that Arsenal, for so long the side most derided as a team full of lightweight yet aesthetically pleasing tippy-tappers, could really do with a creative presence in central midfield. For a while, Santi Cazorla...

Is Sigurdsson worth £50m? Everton not perturbed by Swansea price

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:44:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew bring you all the latest transfer talk from the Premier League. The ESPN FC crew bring you all the latest transfer talk from the Premier League. Is Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson worth £50 million? Swansea seem to think so, and Everton appear ready to pay something close to that, having had a previous £40m bid rebuffed. Swansea's logic for a price almost £20m higher than what James Rodriguez might cost Bayern Munich is simple. Without the Icelandic playmaker's nine goals and 13 assists last season, the Liberty Stadium would be hosting Championship rather than Premier League football in August. As such, any attempts...

Wayne Rooney's Everton move about a star looking to prove his critics wrong

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:36:00 PDT

Mark Ogden doubts Wayne Rooney could meet the expectations that would be placed on him if he returns to Everton. Is Wayne Rooney like an old boxer, deluding himself that he still has one more great fight left in him? That is one of the central questions surrounding his move from Manchester United back to his beloved Everton after 13 mostly distinguished years at Old Trafford. As a big fight fan himself, Rooney will appreciate the boxing analogy only too well. He has even hinted that he understands why some observers feel he is "all washed up" or "damaged goods," as they say in the hardest game. He will...


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