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Kokeillaan.

 

Lee Carsley sunnuntain Independentissä

 

Carsley drive keeps AJ on the right road

Warrior midfielder makes up for lost time as his fellow baldie proves striking difference

By Ronald Atkin

Published: 24 September 2006

The throng outside the entrance to Everton's Bellefield training ground provides the clearest of indications that the good times are back at Everton. Inside, in the players' car park, one of the more privileged punters is having his picture taken with the shiny-pated striker whose goals have sparked the upsurge.

 

You need to look twice, though, to identify Andrew Johnson positively, since in Lee Carsley Everton possess a shaven-headed look-alike. Take that hilarious third goal in the rout of Liverpool a couple of weeks ago. Was it really Carsley's repelled shot that Johnson headed in? Carsley is happy to co-operate with this theme. "It was either my shot that AJ headed in or his shot that I headed in," he smiles. "We do get mixed up quite a lot, but I don't think people are mixed up when they see his finishing.

 

"AJ has made a hell of a difference at this club, just what we were crying out for. Two years ago when we finished fourth Marcus Bent was doing a fantastic job for us on his own up front because no one could handle his pace, and now AJ is doing the same. His pace is phenomenal, and when he gets the chances he is putting them away as well. Definitely worth the money, he was."

 

Carsley has also turned out to be definitely worth Everton's outlay of £1.9m four and a half years ago. Signed from Coventry City by Walter Smith when Everton were floundering, Carsley's midfield bite and zest have been key elements under David Moyes. Despite missing most of last season following a knee operation, Carsley clocked up his 100th game for Everton in the Carling Cup victory at Peterborough on Tuesday.

 

He shrugs off comparisons to Chelsea's Claude Makelele. "I'm not sure about that. First of all, I am happy just to be playing, but a lot of times, especially against the bigger teams, I have a role where I may have to mark certain players, so it changes from game to game. But I'm not complaining, I'll do whatever I'm asked." What role will he be fulfilling at Newcastle this afternoon, then? Marking his Ireland colleague Damien Duff, perhaps? "God knows," said Carsley, speaking after training on Friday. "We haven't even spoken about Newcastle yet after that tough game at Peterborough. But it will be another really tough one. They have outstanding individuals in Scott Parker and Damien."

 

Despite the spectacular eruption of Johnson this season, Everton remain a club who do not specialise in outstanding individuals. "The team ethic is the important thing," said Carsley. "Even when Wayne [Rooney] was here he wasn't viewed as a star by the other lads, he was just as hardworking as anyone else. Obviously he stood out, but one of the things the manager drills into the players is that the team comes first.

 

"We can't kid ourselves that we are a great footballing side who are going to go out and pass other teams off the park because we are not. We are a hard-working team who are getting better at passing the ball, but we are a long way off thinking we are Man United, Chelsea or Arsenal. We have to outwork 'em, outbattle 'em and then nick a couple of goals." But haven't Everton missed Rooney? "He's missed because he's a good lad, great to have around the dressing room. Wayne was good fun, enthus-iastic in training and that rubs off on people. But he has moved on and we have moved on.

 

"When we were third in the League Tommy Gravesen left for Real Madrid, and people were saying we wouldn't be able to cope without him, but the manager brings in Mikel Arteta and before you know it no one is talking about Tommy any more, we are talking about what Mikel has brought. There is not one player here who is indispensable."

 

Though he would never claim it, Carsley rates high on Everton's indispensability list. Having torn a medial ligament after falling awkwardly in the final game of the 2004-05 season, he underwent surgery in August last year and was out until February. Perhaps it was no coincidence that Everton's fortunes slumped in that time.

 

The 32-year-old from Birmingham, who has collected 29 caps for Ireland because of Irish grandparents, is happy enough to have found himself settled at a club where he has not been what he considers a hoodoo. Signing for Derby straight from school at 15 ("their manager, Arthur Cox, had played for Walsall with my dad, Frank"), Carsley was sold to Blackburn when Derby lost their place in the Premiership, only to see Blackburn go down, too. "When I came to Everton they were struggling but we stayed up. Otherwise, I was on for a hat-trick."

 

Carsley's contract is up at the end of this season and he admits: "I'm not sure what to do. Though I have an apartment in Liverpool my family is still in Birmingham because my three kids are in school there, so I do a lot of travelling. I've spent more time on the M6 than Eddie Stobart." Then the thought of Everton's excellent start and the possibility of a place in Europe has him musing about a contract extension. Let's hope so. That shiny-pated duo are capable of embarrassing more teams than Liverpool.

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Ihan hyvä avaus. Tapaan myös suomennella tuonne sivuilleni sopivaksi katsomiani haastatteluja kun sellaisiin törmään. Suurin osa tästä materiaalista on luonnollisesti "Pravdan" tai OS:n alunperin uutisoimaa, mutta joskus onnistuu naaraamaan myös muualta mielenkiintoisia aiheita.

Itseäni kiinnostaa erityisesti vanhempien starbujen muistelot Evertonista ja näkemykset seuran nykyisestä joukkueesta jne.

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Ihan hyvä juttu Guardianissa baskimaan pojasta:

 

Nomad Arteta settles at Goodison

 

Dominic Fifield

Saturday September 23, 2006

The Guardian

 

 

Mikel Arteta might have missed his calling. The Basque was giggling through the initiation of Everton's new players in a Dallas karaoke bar earlier this summer when he found himself thrust up on stage by his team-mates as the familiar rhythmic strum of the Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be throbbed over the speaker system.

"Davie Weir had taught me that song, and I gave it a go and did a little dance," he recalled with a vague shudder of embarrassment. "They took the piss, but I think they enjoyed it." It is hard to imagine otherwise: Arteta, after all, has star quality.

 

The midfielder will take his ability to captivate from Texas to Tyneside tomorrow as Everton, resurgent and unbeaten, attempt to sustain their best start to a top-flight season since 1978. Theirs has been an unlikely revival, the memory of last term's initial slump which saw the side labouring in the Premiership and eliminated from the Champions League, Uefa Cup and Carling Cup before Halloween already exorcised. Had they not let the lead twice slip through their fingers against Wigan last Saturday, they would have begun this weekend joint top.

Arteta has been instrumental to date, his purring passing and telepathic relationship with the £8.6m arrival Andrew Johnson key to the side's new-found momentum, yet the 24-year-old remains grounded. He is just thankful the tone for the campaign was not set in pre-season when he was quarantined from his team-mates, not as a reflection of his karaoke technique but after succumbing to chickenpox. "There was obviously a danger that I could give it to everyone else, so they sent me home," he said. "It's not good to get at my age.

 

"I'm not surprised at how well we've done. We have a great team, but the difference between success and failure is so small. Had we won last week, we'd have been top. In the end, we felt as if we'd missed a chance. But we've learnt from last year. Sometimes you slip into trouble and you can't get out of it, but we recovered well under real pressure. We sat down together this summer and tried to work out a way to protect the team better. Objectives are relative after that. Everything depends upon how you start the season: from individuals' form in the early games to how confident people feel.

 

"Everybody has raised their level a little bit. There is competition for places now, everybody working that bit harder because they know they might lose their place in the team if standards slip. It makes you look over your shoulder. The manager has a few more options tactically and having a player like Andy who starts with five goals in five games helps, particularly after we struggled to score last season. From the first day we went to America for the pre-season tour, Andy, Tim Cahill, James Beattie and I got on so well. I don't remember what he sang at the karaoke bar, but he was on fire."

 

The England forward has proved just as explosive on the pitch, though it has been Arteta's class and invention, even from wide, which has moulded Everton into a coherent attacking threat. The former Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Rangers and Real Sociedad midfielder is playing his most consistent and incisive football of a nomadic career, his efforts alongside Johnson's goals having already inspired a first win at Tottenham for 21 years and Everton's most convincing derby victory since 1964. It is six years since the Merseysiders last won at St James' Park, but a repeat dose tomorrow would cement this side's pedigree.

 

"Europe is the objective," said Arteta. "This is a club that needs to be in Europe. We've made the effort to bring people in this summer with European qualification in mind, so that's what we have to target. There are three or four other teams who will fight us for those places, but we are improving. We're a better team than we were last season, and I'm proud to be a part of this club. I signed a five-year contract a year ago and, even if a few clubs made noises, Everton said they didn't want to sell me. I'm really happy. They've been really good for me. We're geared to doing better than we did last year, so I want to be a part of this, and it's wonderful to have this chance to play abroad at my age."

 

Yet that distance from home may actually be undermining his chances of representing his country. The Spain coach Luis Aragonés has ignored his claims for a place in the national side's midfield, Everton clearly not on his radar as he concentrates on home-based personnel. "He doesn't even come to Liverpool," added the uncapped Arteta. "I understand that he's picked other players because he has the chance to see them every week and knows them better than me. Everton's games are never on the television in Spain, unless we're playing Chelsea or United. Maybe the Newcastle game [as the only Premiership match tomorrow] will be on. Opportunities like this are important.

 

"Last year, no one [on the continent] was talking about Everton because things weren't going well. Hopefully it would be a little easier to be noticed if things are going better, but Euro 2008 would be my dream. It's a realistic target, but there's only one person who can decide. If Everton do well and we're near the top, that'll help me a lot."

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The Sydney Morning Herald

 

Cahill stays faithful to his roots

 

The humble Socceroos midfielder is no slave to wealth and fame, writes Michael Cockerill.

 

TIM Cahill snr is chatting just before his famous son appears, making the point that despite his new, salubrious surroundings, not much has changed. "We're working class, and always will be," he says.

 

Success has bought Tim Cahill recognition and, of course, money. There's not much point in putting a figure on it, because it would only be guesswork. But it's fair to say Cahill earns more in a week than most Australians earn in a year. It's why, at the end of last year, he bought a shiny new multi-storey mansion on the waterfront in Sydney's south.

 

The family have moved across from the western suburbs while their middle son plies his trade on the other side of the world for Everton. For the past fortnight, Tim has been enjoying the house as he makes the most of an early mark from his English Premier League club to continue his rehabilitation from the broken foot that ended his season.

 

There's good news on that front, and good news generally for the Socceroos midfielder as he looks forward - genuinely looks forward - to July's Asian Cup. These are salad days for the son of an English father and Samoan mother who left home at 17 to pursue his dream, worked hard as he learned his trade at Millwall, before the rewards began to roll in three years ago.

 

A Socceroos debut, a move to the Premiership, a massively upgraded contract after a stunning first season at Goodison Park, playing in the UEFA Champions League, and then the World Cup, where he came off the bench almost a year ago to fire two late goals to turn defeat into victory against Japan. It all came in a rush, and while Cahill's latest season has been blighted by injury - first to his knee, then his foot - there is little doubt that his star is still rising.

 

But while he makes no secret that he savours the trappings of success, Cahill, 27, refuses to lose touch with his roots. It's why he still goes to the same hotel in Casula for a Sunday roast as he did when he previously lived at home. It's why he still hangs out with the same mates, why he still looks after his large extended Samoan family whenever he can, why he still stops and signs autographs when he's asked. Apart from anything else, if Cahill got a big head, he's got no doubt his mum, Sisi, would give him a clip around the ear.

 

Not that his life hasn't changed since scoring the equaliser against Japan in Kaiserslautern - Australia's first-ever goal at the World Cup.

 

"Everything's changed," he admits. "Over in England, I can't go down the corner shop and get bread and milk any more; we get our food shopping delivered.

 

"Here in Australia, it's crazy. People do a double-take when they see me, because they don't know I'm back in the country."

 

Cahill insists that he is unaffected by his celebrity, despite being constantly "under a microscope".

 

"If someone comes up to me in the street, I'll always say hello, I'll always sign an autograph, I'll always pay my respects," he says. "Because I've come from nothing, and now I've got everything, doesn't mean I have to change … To me, the biggest aspect of being a professional is your attitude."

 

Cahill cites the house he bought as one of his rewards, but also as an example of sharing his wealth. "I've always said, what's the point of having all this money if you don't share it? Coming from a Samoan background, you learn the basic things about right and wrong. There's things I'm trying to teach my own kids, to respect your elders … even now, I'd never be smart to one of my cousins, it doesn't matter whether they're a labourer or a bricklayer."

 

Cahill has been bulking up in the gym as he recovers from his broken foot, and since his return to Sydney he's been fishing regularly around Port Hacking, working on some future junior development projects, planning a rare trip back to Samoa and visiting his elder brother, Sean, at Parklea Prison, where he has been remanded pending a court appearance back in England.

 

Cahill doesn't want to talk publicly about the latter subject, at least not until the matter is resolved, and he remains more amused than angry with a recent attempt by a commercial television network to smuggle a camera to record one of his trips "inside".

 

A lot of this activity will slow down now that Cahill is preparing himself to get back to work. A trip to the specialist yesterday provided heartening news about his injury, and this weekend Everton head physiotherapist Mick Rathbone will make a 48-hour visit to Sydney to finalise the next phase of Cahill's rehabilitation program - a clear sign of how keen the Toffees are to protect one of their prized assets.

 

"I don't want to get ahead of myself too much, but I'm quietly confident, I'm happy," Cahill says. "Before I left England, there was quite a bit of a gap between the bone and the pin [in his foot], but these X-rays show a massive improvement. If anything, the bone looks as though it's healed over 80 per cent.

 

"So I'll start running on Sunday. I hope to do a good 20 minutes, half an hour, so I can get the feel for it, and the biggest day will be Monday, to see how I pull up. But at the moment it feels fine, I've had no pain.

 

"I've always been fresh and positive mentally, and now I'm just looking forward to the Asian Cup. It's not a Mickey Mouse tournament, this is one of the biggest tournaments outside the World Cup, and we've got a massive chance of some silverware.

 

"Obviously the last 12 months haven't gone completely to plan, but I still played 16-18 games for Everton, scored seven goals, played in the World Cup and finished in the top 50 of the Ballon d'Or [European footballer of the year award]. That's my season, so things aren't so bad after all."

 

http://www.smh.com.au/news/football/cahill-stays-faithful-to-his-roots/2007/05/16/1178995240682.html

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Kunhan ei vain ryssittäisi tätä siirtoa. Tuo keskikenttä on huutanut Pienaarin tyyppistä älykästä pelaajaa, Arteta ei voi tehdä kaikkea yksin. Pari miljoonaa Pienaarista? Hmm, tätä pitää pohtia...

 

Se on erityisen hienoa, että hän ei ole mikään diiva, ja tekee kentällä kovasti töitä.

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Mykkä-Moyes

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvpgCvBI31U]YouTube - David Moyes: Snub conference[/ame]

 

On meillä Daveyssa kohtuu smooth mediankäsittelijä...Vaikkakin pressimiehet kuulemma rikkoivat ennen haastattelua tehtyä sopimusta yhdestä-ja ainoastaan yhdestä kysymyksestä koskien Victor Anichebea. Ehkä en vaan tunne tarpeeksi tätä kulttuuria:joker:

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