Everton to play in Dresden Cup

, 14 May, 43comments  |  Jump to most recent

The club has announced that Everton will play in the Dresden Cup, a pre-season tournament, on 29 and 30 July, together with Real Betis, Werder Bremen and hosts Dynamo Dresden.

The Blues will play two matches in the Dresden Cup, which takes place on Friday 29 July and Saturday 30 at the 32,000-capacity DDV-Stadium.

After Werder Bremen play Real Betis, Everton will face hosts Dynamo Dresden from Germany's second tier on the Friday night (8:30pm CET/7:30pm BST) in the second game of the tournament and then face either Bremen or Betis on Saturday afternoon (1:30pm CET/12:30pm BST).

Everton says tickets will go on sale from Wednesday, 18 May with pricing and further details to be announced.

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Betis, Everton's friendly opponents at Goodison in August 2013, are on course for a mid-table finish in La Liga this season while Bremen third from bottom in the Bundesliga.

Dresden have just won promotion as Champions of Germany's third tier and will be back in Bundesliga 2 for 2016-17.


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Peter Carpenter
1 Posted 14/05/2016 at 15:40:47
Arranged by....... Joachim Löw?
Mick Davies
2 Posted 14/05/2016 at 15:42:04
That's more like it; a tournament with decent opposition, and not on the other side of the globe
Peter Carpenter
3 Posted 14/05/2016 at 15:42:22
Off to the bookies....
Gerard Carey
4 Posted 14/05/2016 at 15:44:42
Does not sound like top notch opposition for preseason.
Colin Glassar
5 Posted 14/05/2016 at 15:48:00
I imagine this had been already set up by the former regime Peter.
Michael Kenrick
6 Posted 14/05/2016 at 15:56:23
Decent opposition? It sounds high profile but I agree with Gerard – the current fortunes of all four teams are nothing to write home about.

Still, it gets us on the slate, and as Patrick Murphy pointed out elsewhere, Everton playing in Germany on the 50th Anniversary of England winning the World Cup!!! All eyes will be on us!!!

Colin Glassar
7 Posted 14/05/2016 at 16:01:13
Dynamo Dresden were one of my favourite teams as a kid but only because of their name - Dynamo. Any team who called themselves Dynamo or Lokomotiv or Red Star were ace IMO.

Like the former East European greats like Honved, Ferencvaros, Hadjuk Split, Dukla Prague etc...they've all fallen on hard times which is a shame.

Alun Willis
8 Posted 14/05/2016 at 16:27:00
I recently met a season ticket holder at Dynamo Dresden. He was very very proud of the club and their support. There is a hard core element too (isn't there always) and apparently there was some trouble with Villa fans a few years ago. They do create a fantastic atmosphere though in a relatively small stadium (lots of Youtube clips if you want to take a butcher's) Dresden too sounded like a good place to visit. Might start looking into flights for this one.
Peter Carpenter
9 Posted 14/05/2016 at 16:35:49
Easy train ride from Berlin, Alun.
Srdjan Sekulic
10 Posted 14/05/2016 at 16:39:20

You brought back some great memories...


Alan Humphreys
11 Posted 14/05/2016 at 16:55:26
How quickly the standard of opposition has fallen since playing Juve in the US.

We failed to capitalise and the quality of tournaments have plummeted. Still as long as we're not touring Scotland or the lower leagues.

Damian Wilde
12 Posted 14/05/2016 at 17:30:05
Hardly top opposition is it? Typical Everton. Other pre-seaaon friendlies will probably be Dundee away and Tranmere at home.
Colin Glassar
13 Posted 14/05/2016 at 17:34:30
Ujpest Dozsa(?) we're another of my favourites, Srdjan.
Simon Bradley
14 Posted 14/05/2016 at 17:54:39


Simon Bradley
15 Posted 14/05/2016 at 18:00:10
Ha, this is even better!


Dave Williams
16 Posted 14/05/2016 at 18:13:45
Bearing in mind the surgery needed to the team and hopefully the introduction of some of the youngsters this looks ideal to me. No point in playing the big European sides when we are bedding in new players and perhaps getting used to a new style of play.
Colin Glassar
17 Posted 14/05/2016 at 18:15:46
Jeunesse d'esch (Luxembourg) were another favourite name from the past. Everyone used to beat them by at least 10 goals.
Nick Entwistle
18 Posted 14/05/2016 at 18:16:34
Seems about right, given we've bombed all season.
Kieran Kinsella
19 Posted 14/05/2016 at 18:24:28
Great. Bunch of loser teams.
Kieran Kinsella
20 Posted 14/05/2016 at 18:30:46
Aside from falling on hard times (I.e. No longer state backed) the likes of Dinamo Tblisi, Ujpest Dosza have also suffered because their spots in the UCL are now taken by 3rd and fourth placed Spanish and English teams. I liked it when we had actual champions and actual cup winners so you'd see the occasional Lokomotiv Leipzig or Steau Bucharest would get to the final.
Srdjan Sekulic
21 Posted 14/05/2016 at 18:33:43
Jeunesse Esch!!!

Good god, you have a memory, Colin.


Colin Glassar
22 Posted 14/05/2016 at 18:40:50
I could go on all night Srdjan. I was playing fantasy football before it was invented.

Grasshoppers of Zurich, Young Boys of Berne, Royal Antwerp, Eintracht Frankfurt, Vitoria Setubal, Cagliari, Crusaders, TS 1860 Munich, VFB Stuttgart etc.... These were the type of teams you could meet in the early stages of European competition. They weren't very good but they added colour and intrigue unlike now were everything is about money and 'the brand'.

Srdjan Sekulic
23 Posted 14/05/2016 at 18:51:26

TV (money) pretty much ruined the magic of Cup competition where almost everybody had their chance. Wonder when they'll start make finals a best-of-two event.

Alan Humphreys
24 Posted 14/05/2016 at 19:09:26
Kieren (20) quite agree. Hardly Champions League when you have 2nd, 3rd and 4th places competing.

Money rules the world. Especially football.

Damian Wilde
25 Posted 14/05/2016 at 19:16:39
Great point Kieran. Football lost its soul.
Liam Reilly
27 Posted 14/05/2016 at 19:34:55
Leicester played no one of note in pre season last year, Lincoln, Mansfield, Brum"; so I wouldn't read much into this.

At least it's tournament football.

Alex Kociuba
29 Posted 14/05/2016 at 20:10:26
Seems like well matched teams to me? No point getting hammered by Real Madrid (Reserves) and not much point battering a Thailand All Stars team. Solid European teams and good preparation I think.
Damian Wilde
30 Posted 14/05/2016 at 20:41:05
We aren't going to win the league, Liam.
Paul Ellam
31 Posted 14/05/2016 at 21:40:56
I think this is just fine as a pre season tournament.
No doubt there will be other fixtures to come too.
Nicholas Ryan
33 Posted 15/05/2016 at 04:03:14
No direct flights from Liverpool or Manchester [you have to get to Amsterdam, then KLM to Dresden]. There are however, direct flights from London. Hotels seem to be quite cheap.
Nicholas Ryan
34 Posted 15/05/2016 at 04:07:43
Ignore my last post ... the direct flight doesn't go any more!!
Liam Reilly
35 Posted 15/05/2016 at 07:54:09
I'm not suggesting we're likely to win the league Damien; I'm just saying that pre season matches against blue chip sides doesn't necessarily equate to success.
Tony Steele
36 Posted 15/05/2016 at 08:59:33
Tony Steele
37 Posted 15/05/2016 at 09:01:04
#18 Bomb bomb.
Andrew Edwards
38 Posted 15/05/2016 at 11:19:08
No direct flights from Ireland either, But Dresden is pretty easy to get to though, Either fly to Berlin or Prague, direct train routes from both, Berlin probably better, Train to Dresden central station and then a tram or taxi, Staduim is not far, beside the zoo.


Paul Burns
39 Posted 15/05/2016 at 14:11:08
All I want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague away kit.

Seriously, I hate them for knocking us out of the Uefa Cup in 1977.

Srdjan, the Uefa Cup used to best of two legs, home and away. Only changed to a one-off game in recent years.

Anyone remember some of them Polish teams, right gobfulls. Apologies for the attempt at spelling: Gornik Zabre, Widzew Lodz, Wisla Krakow... and others I can't even begin to take a punt at with a hangover.

Alun Willis
40 Posted 15/05/2016 at 20:32:29
As a snotty nosed teenager Subbuteo was my FIFA 15. I used to play Subbuteo with my bestie (at the time) Bob every weekend and had two divisions of a European SuperLeague (should have patented that idea). Half the teams were mine and half his. He was a year older so his knuckle muscles were more developed and his teams usually romped away with it and occupied most of the top half the league. I had one team though that always was there or thereabouts...Rostov Army on Don!! Basically because I threw caution to the wind with them and played a 2-3-5 formation.

Loved the great old Eurpean team names. For the life of me I can't remember many of the other teams I managed with the exceptions of Suttgart (got them promoted one year), Dinamo Tibilisi, Lodz, Locomotiv Plovdiv, Honved and of course Red Star of Belgrade. Used to really dislike Ujpest Dosza and Ferencvaros with a passion becuase they were Bob's "Barcelona". Happy days though. ("Nurse, my meds please!").

Anyhoo thanks for the travel tips and definitely going and will (hopefully) watch the game in the Dresden end (under the watchful eye of "Willy" one of the Dresden Massive).

Tony Mckie
41 Posted 17/05/2016 at 16:53:49
Flights booked, Hotels in Berlin and Dresden booked. can't wait. Hope we take a few over.
Paul Ellam
42 Posted 17/05/2016 at 18:20:38
Hopefully we pick up some decent German players while we're in the country.
Thinking specifically about a keeper.
Martin Nicholls
43 Posted 25/05/2016 at 10:45:54
Meanwhile the sh*te get to play high profile and lucrative games such as Barca at Wembley! Get new manager in place Everton and start thinking big!
Patrick Murphy
44 Posted 25/05/2016 at 10:57:10
Martin (43) if only it was as simple as you suggest, often high profile friendlies are by invitation only and at this moment regardless of who is the manager, Everton don't appeal to the major sponsors of these mini-tournaments, hopefully one day soon they will. Of course our neighbours are invited, loads of supporters all over the world, constantly trending on twitter etc, media darlings, but you carry on complaining about how Everton FC are thinking small.
Martin Nicholls
45 Posted 25/05/2016 at 11:17:59
Patrick - I'm well aware of our "status" relative to our neighbours and that the most prestigious pre-season tournaments work on an "invitation only" basis. My point is that our pre-season currently consists of a game against the champions of German 3rd division followed by one against either La Liga mid-table side Real Betis (again) OR 13th placed Bundesliga side Werder Bremen. Despite our perceived lowly status we can, should and hopefully will think bigger
Gareth Bayley
46 Posted 03/07/2016 at 18:42:31
Flight booked – accomedation sorted. The wife and I are going for a good time as well as the football. How many going, does anybody know? COYB's

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