A Bosnian football fan who became an Evertonian after writing to all 92 league clubs in England asking why he should support them has met Blues midfielder and compatriot Muhamed Besic at the Club's Finch Farm training ground.
Aldin Karabeg's name went viral earlier this year when he approached all the teams from the Premier League down to League Two and received only 10 responses.
One of those was from Everton, who informed Aldin of the Club's rich history and revered record of achieving a number of notable firsts in the game.
Having heard news of Aldin's quest, Besic then recorded a message for the 19-year-old, encouraging him to become a Blue and telling him he would one day love to see him attend a game at Goodison Park.
It was enough to persuade Aldin to pledge his allegiance to Everton and, having travelled to meet Besic on Thursday, he is set to get his first taste of watching his club in action when he takes his place in the Gwladys Street end for Friday's Premier League visit of Crystal Palace.
“It was great to finally meet Aldin and I am so glad he is going to be able to come to a game at Goodison Park,” said Besic, who presented Aldin with a signed Everton shirt. “I told him in my message that I am proud of all our fans in Bosnian and I am happy he picked Everton as his team.
“He is a great guy, we spoke about Bosnia and football in general and I really hope he enjoys his experience of Goodison Park.”
Aldin, whose journey to England will be documented by broadcasters Premier League World, said: “This has been a dream come true, the journey from writing 92 letters to all the English league clubs to standing here at Finch Farm with Mo Besic as an Everton fan has been surreal. Everton's response inspired me to find out and learn more about the Club. The more I learn about the Club the more I fall in love with it. How they have treated me is living proof of why Everton are the People's Club.
“I've spent the past couple of months learning about the Club, the amazing history and some of its amazing players like Dixie Dean – that man was better than Messi! I'm looking forward to attending the game against Crystal Palace and sampling the atmosphere at Goodison Park for the first time”
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1 Posted 30/09/2016 at 14:21:46
He hasn't really got started for us but I've seen him play several times for Bosnia against top teams and he has stood out as a top lad.
2 Posted 30/09/2016 at 17:48:26
3 Posted 02/10/2016 at 03:02:21
4 Posted 02/10/2016 at 03:37:03
In the club shop, got talking to a helpful assistant, and first question was what team do you support the reaction as soon as I said Everton was amusing particularly to my Newcastle-supporting mate.
They absolutely idolised Besic over there. Weirdly, they were pleased for him when he was sold as they felt he should play on a bigger stage. Even more weirdly, it seemed they were all now quasi-Everton fans, picking up on our history quite quickly.
I was offered a stadium tour and complementary tickets for the next home match but we were on our way. However, we did have a great meal and a couple of beers in the restaurant.
His career to date has been stop-start with us, but I really hope we get the chance to see what he can do. He needs a run in a settled position. I'm not sure he's going to get that chance, sadly.
5 Posted 02/10/2016 at 16:46:15
Other former Blues like James Vaughan and Jack Rodwell haven't had the career they should have had due to injuries etc.
Vaughan is doing well for Bury now. I wish these guys well they gave their all for the club and through no real fault of their own it hasn't worked out.
True Blues the people's club.
The Bosnian supporter didn't choose Everton? Everton chose Aldin.
Regards to everyon.e