The Blues start their preparations for the new Premier League season in Tanzania before wrapping up their campaign against Sevilla
Despite losing Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, big-spending Everton have plenty of new faces to blood during pre-season ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
The Toffees have caught the eye with their busy activity in the summer transfer window, splashing out over £70m on the likes of Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane and Sandro Ramirez.
But the one new arrival who will no doubt attract the most attention during Everton’s summer preparations is Wayne Rooney, who has returned to his boyhood club after 13 years at Manchester United.
Here is your complete guide to the Merseysiders’ pre-season schedule.
EVERTON PRE-SEASON FIXTURES
|Jul 13||Gor Mahia||17:00 / 15:00||Tanzania National Main Stadium|
|Jul 19||FC Twente||19:00 / 18:00||SV De Lutte Stadium|
|Jul 22||KRC Genk||16:00 / 15:00||Luminus Arena|
|Jul 27||Europa League qualifying round||TBC||TBC|
|Aug 3||Europa League qualifying round||TBC||TBC|
|Aug 6||Sevilla||15:00||Goodison Park|
Everton will get their pre-season campaign under way in Tanzania when they take on Kenyan champions Gor Mahia at the 60,000 capacity national stadium in Dar es Salaam.
The Blues will then start a training camp in the Netherlands before taking on FC Twente at the home of SV De Lutte in eastern Holland.
Everton take on Belgium outfit KRC Genk on July 22 before tackling a two-legged clash in the Europa League third qualifying round. They will learn their opponents on July 14, with games provisionally scheduled for July 27 and August 3.
Ronald Koeman’s men finish up their summer preparations against La Liga outfit Sevilla at Goodison Park in August.
New boys Rooney, Keane and Klaassen have travelled with the Everton squad to Tanzania, but fellow new arrivals Pickford and Sandro have been given extended time off.
DR Congo international Yannick Bolasie has also joined up with Everton in East Africa and the winger was given a hero’s welcome from locals. The 28-year-old is recovering from the serious knee injury he sustained back in December last year and is therefore not expected to feature until Christmas.
WHEN DOES THE SEASON START?
Everton have a tough start to the new Premier League campaign, which gets under way on August 12.
Koeman’s outfit lock horns with Stoke City on the opening day at Goodison Park before clashes against Manchester City and Chelsea follow on August 21 and August 26 respectively.
Everton will also have to negotiate a two-legged clash in the Europa League playoff round in August, should they be successful in the third qualifying stage.
Games against Tottenham and Manchester United also follow at the start of September for the nine-time league champions.