Everton have confirmed on their official website that they will be taking part in a "European-based tournament" in the latter stages of their pre-season and some Toffees fans have given their opinion on the announcement, as well as attempting to figure out which competition it will be.
The Premier League club unveiled their pre-season programme last week, beginning with a trip to Kenya to face Kariobangi Sharks in the SportPesa Trophy in Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium on Sunday 7 July.
After that, Marco Silva and his charges will head to Switzerland for a training camp, with games against FC Sion on Sunday 14 July and AS Monaco on Friday 19 July, both in the municipality of Bagnes.
Everton will then lock horns with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Wednesday 24 July before taking part in the aforementioned tournament on Saturday 27 July and wrapping up their programme with a trip to Werder Bremen on Saturday 3 August.
The Merseysiders said that confirmation of the European-based tournament, opposition and kickoff times will be provided in the next few days, once details are finalised between the event organisers and each of the clubs taking part.
Here is what some Everton fans on Twitter made of the announcement:
Surely to God you should know by now?— neil brimage (@bluebrim) 17 June 2019
Ridiculous. Missing a trick there with fans travelling etc.— neil brimage (@bluebrim) 17 June 2019
Just confirm Meinz ♂️— Tom J (@Tomjones01__) 17 June 2019
Announce Mainz........— David Barnes (@dbarneys) 17 June 2019
Mainz ye?— james gavan (@james_gavo3) 17 June 2019
Someone mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we will be playing the Algarve cup again?— Paul (@murph1588) 17 June 2019
Would be handy to at least know where so we can book flights and accommodation even if details are cryptic hahaha— Bluewezzie1878 (@bluewezzie) 17 June 2019
Thats, er, vague.— Mr. A (@misterAefc) 17 June 2019
So the clubs arranged to play in a tournament without even knowing what country it’s in ♂️ yeah of course you have— Matt (@Mety) 17 June 2019
At least tell me what town it’s in?— Paul Guy (@PaulGuy1878) 17 June 2019
Algrave?— Sayantan Bal (@sayantan_01) 17 June 2019
Following pre-season, Everton get their 2019-20 Premier League campaign under way with a trip to Crystal Palace on the weekend of 10-11 August.
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