Why is Cahill not playing for Everton in Brisbane?

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    After the World Cup, it will be straight into domestic business. Everton Football Club is set to tour down under and is ready to play Sydney FC, Melbourne Heart, and Brisbane Roar.

    I wouldn’t normally keep too much of an eye on Everton FC if it wasn’t for Tim Cahill, who will appear in both Sydney and Melbourne games, but no appearance in Brisbane. So what is the point of paying the standard $50 a ticket without its major Australian draw card?

    Think of it like buying a ticket to a “Rolling Stones” concert but with no Jagger, yet paying the same price as if he were there.

    Last year Brisbane Roar played Celtics Football Club, who are well supported around the world. Standard ticket pricing for that match was from $26, which included Australia’s Scott Macdonald and NZ international, Chris Killen.

    The crowd of more than 30,000 and an atmosphere to remember was a great advertisement for the A-League and a sign of things to come.

    12 months later and the Brisbane Roar are a shadow of their former selves.

    Gone is the experienced Craig Moore, Charlie Miller, Sergio Van Dyke, Tiatto and Liam Reddy. Left for greener pastures are the youthful Tommy Oar, Adam Sarota and Michael Zullo. In comes a new manager, Ange Postecoglou, and the signs of a new club is obvious, in all but name.

    The Roar lost the international 3-0.

    BRFC was a more experienced outfit then, but if they couldn’t manage to score against the Celtic, how do they expect to put any past Everton with a weaker squad? Even worse, how many will they let through?

    Is Everton, less Cahill, enough to pull more than 30,000 spectators in Brisbane?

    While it sounds good to have a Premier League club touring Australia, I also think its not a good look for the A-League club wanting to showcase its quality, or in this case, lack of.

    Premier League clubs are also here on business, to promote themselves as an international Club brand.

    Sydney FC has managed to lure Dwight Yorke back for the match against Everton. Even though he only played one season for the sky blues, he still remains a cult hero and a draw card for the harbour city.

    Fans will turn up to see Dwight, Timmy, A-League Champions SFC, and Everton.

    In Brisbane, they will have to pay the same price with one less Timmy and a depleted squad. What else has BR fans got to look forward to come July 17th, besides a lesson in how football should be played?

    When the clubs are so unevenly matched, would it be too much to ask Tim Cahill if he could wear the orange and maroon for just one match? We love to see Timmy score, but not at our expense.

    Isn’t this what the “against racism cup” is all about? Mixing it up with one another and not against each other.

    Timmy wouldn’t be playing against us; he would be playing for us. He’d be playing for the Roar and kicking goals for the A-League and probably gaining a few more supporters for Everton along the way.

    In the end it’s still a highly priced $50 exhibition match that Brisbane Roar have no chance of winning.

    Let’s just say our prayers that Everton don’t play too seriously and embarrass our growing League. But for now, my $50 remains safe, and as for the future of the Brisbane Roar, it looks like another season of self-discovery.

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    • July 7th 2010 @ 12:42am
      Corey said | July 7th 2010 @ 12:42am | ! Report

      Cpaaa, I agree, I am an Everton supporter and I don’t believe I will be going as my two favourite players have already been left out of the game (I was going to the Brisbane game), Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill are the two best players for me and they advertise the game as Everton minus Arteta & Cahill, so they even admit Everton isn’t fully Everton without those 2.

      I don’t think I will be going, I will watch it on TV, but I won’t be going as the price is higher than that of any ticket I have ever paid for sport. I know in England this is almost a normal price, but this is Australia where being at the game is a luxury, as we do have TV which is a lot cheaper, yes, even PayTV is cheaper. And this is a trial match as well.

      • July 7th 2010 @ 12:22pm
        Ron Milne said | July 7th 2010 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

        Call yourself an Everton fan, how often in your lifetime will you get to see the blue’s play live. Not going because of two players means u rate the rest of the team as a bunch of nobodies. I wonder whether the Goodison faithful last season with Arteta (plus other players out from an injury ravaged season) didn’t pitch up. Show your support get behind your team…

        • July 9th 2010 @ 12:01am
          Bam Bam said | July 9th 2010 @ 12:01am | ! Report

          Ron, Arteta was injured, now he isn’t – so play him. Same goes for Cahill. And 50 bucks is big money for a student who is waiting on a tax return to get him through to the mechanic let alone a soccer match!!

    • July 7th 2010 @ 1:02am
      Alders said | July 7th 2010 @ 1:02am | ! Report

      Would be impossible if he were signed with different clothing brands to begin with. He would lose too much money.

    • July 7th 2010 @ 5:19am
      roundage said | July 7th 2010 @ 5:19am | ! Report

      Arteta’s wedding clashes with the Brisbane game… Timmy is a groomsmen.

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      July 7th 2010 @ 6:43am
      Cpaaa said | July 7th 2010 @ 6:43am | ! Report

      hmmm me BAD, thats a Rookie error, thanks roundage, i should have known that before i wrote the article.

      Even in saying so, it still questions what sort of value does one put on Everton playing in Brisbane without Tim Cahill.

      Will Brisbane pay $50 to see Everton? and if so, how many? The idea of these internationals is to pack out the stadiums. Its in the best interest of the promoters, Club Everton, Football Brisbane and the A-League as a wholle.

      Just in my defence my original title was : “No Toffee in Brisbane”

      • Editor

        July 7th 2010 @ 7:00am
        Tristan Rayner said | July 7th 2010 @ 7:00am | ! Report

        Cpaaa – your point is still relevant re: crowds without the drawcard of Cahill combined with Brisbane Roar who are surely at least equal favourites for the wooden spoon with the Fury. I hope the punters still get out to see what is a quality Premier League side.

        • July 7th 2010 @ 9:14am
          st penguin said | July 7th 2010 @ 9:14am | ! Report

          although I have a further question, isnt anyone else in the team invited to the wedding?

          Maybe Arteta should have held the wedding at half-time in the middle of the pitch. That would have increased the crowd by appealing to the sheila market.

        • July 9th 2010 @ 12:25am
          Football Person 2 said | July 9th 2010 @ 12:25am | ! Report

          WOODEN SPOON ? i outta report you ….
          do some research before you make such wild accusations


    • July 7th 2010 @ 7:22am
      The Bear said | July 7th 2010 @ 7:22am | ! Report

      Your original title is far more insightful of the article you wrote. And suits the overall tone of the piece, working on all levels of content.

    • July 7th 2010 @ 7:43am
      Towser said | July 7th 2010 @ 7:43am | ! Report

      I believe they are now selling some tickets for $19.95.
      Still doesnt detract though from the main theme of the article that major drawcards are missing,regardless of reason.
      Double edged sword for me these games. Sure get out to see a quality Premier League side,but for the sake of our own domestic League we need SFC,Hearts,Roar to put on a good show.
      Last years Celtic Roar match highlighted a gulf & I believe that gulf in part(we know the other reasons) reaffirmed the reason not to attend Roar A-League matches for the Euro followers.

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