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Everton FC - The Club With Ambition

Started on 27 November 2014 by RD17
Latest Reply on 3 January 2015 by RD17
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MARCH UPDATE



“And it continues” – Zinedine Zidane

Results



March has mostly revolved around the cup competitions. We started with a tough game away to West Brom. Whom have had a great campaign, as they have been floating around the Europa League spots. Rom got the opener against his former club and they made us work hard. A very well organised side. Forcing us into a replay at Goodison.

Before that replay we had two games to squeeze at Goodison Park. Big crowds were expected
for the Schalke game. The crowd was our twelve man that evening. They really drove the team home and we secured a victory without giving away any away goals. The victory which see’s smash through any expectations as we progress through to the Quarter Finals of the Champions League.

The Stoke game was fairly quiet in the first half with not a lot happening at either end.
However in the second we really pushed on and secured what ended up being a comfortable victory. Very pleased to see Van Ginkel continue his rich vein of form in front of goal.

We knew what to expect from West Brom in the replay and they made just as hard for us this time around. The game was a very tightly contested match and took us all the way through to extra time and penalties. The boys remained calm throughout and just focused on what they needed to do.

Swansea have struggled for most of the season but can always pose a threat, so we knew we had to be on the top of our game as we travelled to the Liberty stadium. I was very happy for Jagielka to get both of the goals. The captain has been fantastic for us this season, even though he isn’t starting anywhere near the amount of games he has been used to. He’s been a great leader both on and off the pitch.

Player of the Month



As I mentioned previously, Jagielka has been fantastic for us recently. He has been ready for whenever I have called upon and given the team 100% every game he plays. The good form of Balanta and Jones limits his game time, he has not grumbled at this. He has been a great role model , a credit to both his club and his country.


APRIL UPDATE



“ We have one hand on the trophy” – Zinedine Zidane

Results



This month has been a hectic and busy month, full of massive games for this club. We started off at Millwall, who have never really adapted to life in the Premier League following their promotion. They are now fighting for safety and we did not help them one bit. A fantastic result which highlights the confidence the boys are playing with right now.

We followed this up with a steady draw away to Manchester United. They have been on our heels all the season and we knew defeat would give them a great chance of getting right back in the tittle race. I was pleased with the side for avoiding defeat as the game was very tight. Neither side wanted to lose, it showed in their football.

After beating Schalke we were presented with one of the biggest challenges this club has ever faced. For a place in the Semi Final of the champions League, two legs with Real Madrid. What followed will be one of the greatest, if not the greatest night in the clubs history. Madrid came to town, Bale, Ronaldo, Kroos, Modric and Casillas all started. None of which phased us, we were focused and ready to play. Romelu got the opener, Madrid equalised just moments later, but Lukaku was a man on a mission and just two four minutes after his first he put us back in front. He rounded off the night with the hat-trick. Putting us in pole position for the second leg.

We continued fighting on three fronts as we took on Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final. Many expected an Everton win as the saints have failed to beat any of the top six sides all season. It was business as usual for us. Thanks to Aiden’s hat-trick we have booked ourselves into the FA Cup final.

Unfortunately our unbeaten run came to an end as we travelled to the Bernabeu. However we still progressed 3-2 on aggregate despite the loss. We knew what we had to do, and we did it well. Madrid came at us, but we held on. We now find ourselves in the draw for the Semi Final, a spectacular achievement for the club.

Thanks to confidence from the victory over Madrid we played some great football as we returned to action in the Premier League. The win’s over QPR and Tottenham were great and set the scene for what could have been the perfect way to the Premier League. Going into the game at Goodison Park we knew if we beat our Merseyside Rivals and Chelsea lost, it would be ours.

We played some great football and the fans were in ecstasy, the two early goals settled the slight nervous edge around the ground. Before we knew it we were 3-0 up with only 30 minutes on the clock. Jese rounded off the action, despite two late consolation goals from Liverpool in the last minutes. Chelsea how faced 19th placed Aston Villa, hung on in there. The blues came out with a comfortable 3-1 victory.

Player of the Month



Romelu has been absolutely incredible for us this game. In January he was attracting interest from a number of the top Premier League clubs and he is showing why. He has been scoring for fun, he played a massive part in our success, especially within the Champions League. He was not fazed by playing against Real Madrid, he got on with his job and scored goals. Signs of a true professional.

No1VillaFan - I hope we can too :D

Denzy - Thanks!
almost there now and a chance at Champions League glory!
Come on lad! I know you can do this!
No1VillFan - it's defiantly a possibility!

510 - thanks for the support ;)

NEW CONTRACT FOR ZIDANE



Zidane has been in the thick of the tittle race with Everton

After a very successful third season in charge of Everton, Zinedine Zidane has signed a new contract extension with the Toffee’s.

The new deal will see Zidane remain in charge until 2020. Zidane has transformed Everton as they try to push on for the Premier League title as we approach the latter stages of the 2016-2017 season.

Zidane has also helped Everton qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the David Moyes era. Due to the recent success he has brought to the club including a FA Cup final in his first season and a second place finish in the Premier League the following season, Zidane has soon become a fan favourite at Goodison. As well as providing Champions League football, fans have seen their team progress into the Semi-Final of the competition as well as reaching the FA Cup final once again.

Everton were keen to tie down Zidane after early media speculation that he is been watching by his former club Real Madrid. Alongside a host of other teams across Europe. It is also unconfimred as of yet whether Zidane will get an increased transfer budget for next season. After only being given a limited budget in the previous season. Something that was a big talking point between staff and fans alike at the beginning of the season. It is believed it was mentioned during negotiations, however only time will tell.
Congrats on the new contract you just need to finish the jobs off now and win the Champions League and the Premier League
Thanks :D
Well done man!

EVERTON SECURE PREMIER LEAGUE TITTLE



After finishing in second place in the 2015-2016 season, Everton have gone one better this year. Over the years that Zinedine has been in charge the club has transformed into tittle challengers and now find themselves looking at a possible domestic treble.

Everton knew a win away to Aston Villa would secure them the tittle. Fans and pundits alike were expecting a nervous performance, as Everton had not won the competition since 1987.
Thanks to goals from the likes of Aiden McGeady, Lukaku and club captain Phil Jagielka the tittle was secured.

A memorable day for players and fans, a day they will surely never forget. Everton’s players will be officially presented with their individual medals and the trophy after their last home game against Middlesbrough. We caught up with Captain Phil Jagielka after the game, he told us how we was feeling.

Wow, what a day. It is why we become footballers, it’s what we dream about. We have worked hard from day one. This season and last season included, this has defiantly made it worth it. The gaffer made it clear from day one that he knew we could achieve big things, which even I knew we could. I never expected this though, we deserve it completely, and the young lads have been excellent. Everyone deserves it.

SEMI FINAL DRAW



The draw for the Semi Final of the UEFA Champions League has been confirmed, the four teams remaining are Bayern, Barcelona, Chelsea and Everton. All teams will now start to be dreaming of a spot in the final, but all fully aware there is a lot of work yet to be done.

The draw is as followed, German champions Bayern will host Chelsea. This year’s surprised package will see Everton host the Spanish giants of FC Barcelona. The first leg of the tie will take place on the 2/5/2017 and the second leg matches will be played on 10/5/2017.

Confidence will high in the Everton camp after they secured the Premier League title with a win over Aston Villa. Toffee fans will start to dream, having already seen their side beat Bayern and Chelsea this season.
good luck against Barca in the Semis. Go knock them down a peg :D
Noobie - thanks, hopefully so :D
Great season so far! Good luck against Barca :)

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