Everton reveals new club crest, replacing last spring’s failed design

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Everton has unveiled it’s new crest (pictured right) after an online poll started over the summer allowed fans to vote on a new design.

The Merseyside club drew the ire of supporters last May when they revealed a “modern” design (pictured below, left) that included the removal of several iconic Everton elements including the club motto ‘Nil satis nisi optimum.’

That decision was made without consultation of the supporters, who immediately launched a campaign to have the design overturned.

The grass roots movement (they are, after all, ‘The People’s Club’) worked and Everton spent the last six months working with supporters on developing yet another badge, one that included a number of historic elements Evertonians view as sacred.

The club launched an online campaign where supporters could choose one of three options for the new design. Fans voted overwhelmingly in favor of the winning crest, which incorporates the Latin motto, translated as ‘nothing but the best is good enough.’

The new design also sees the incorporation of two laurel wreaths, which are a sign of winners in classical times, and the fence surrounding Prince Rupert’s Tower, also known as ‘The Beacon.’

source:  The new badge was welcomed by Everton manager Roberto Martinez, who reflected the supporters view that the new design must maintain the tradition and history of the club.

“I was impressed straightaway when I saw it but there has been a huge majority of fans (almost 80 per cent) have chosen this one,” Martinez said. “It captures what we were looking for: to have a modern touch and to be a global badge without taking away all the key icons of the football club.

“Certain icons represent many years of history and that is important: fans made it clear they wanted to see the tower and our motto and I think it is important ‘Nil satis’ is back on the badge.”

Despite the club’s impressive efforts in listening to their supporters, re-incorporating historic elements into the badge and providing a process by which the fans could choose the new badge, some supporters were irked that there were only three badges to choose from.

Nevertheless, Everton have their new badge and most agree it’s a step up from last spring’s abomination.

Liverpool to lose $82m Alisson to Real; Klopp turns to Lazio GK?

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Brazilian national team starter and Liverpool transfer target Alisson looks increasingly likely to only see Anfield as a visitor.

Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport says Real Madrid is going to tempt Roma with an $82 million bid that could rise with add-ons.

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And Real would also offer a near $6 million annual salary to the Brazilian backstop.

It’s coincidence that this news comes on the day that both Alisson and current Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas were at opposite ends of the pitch.

Alisson had little to do, while Costa Rican backstop Navas was outstanding until Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored during stoppage time.

Meanwhile, TalkSport says the Reds are in on a different Serie A goalkeeper: Lazio’s Albanian backstop Thomas Strakosha.

The 23-year-old old played all 38 league games for the Roman club this season.

Lozano to Barcelona? Father says future decided after World Cup

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Mexican hero Hirving “Chucky” Lozano made the jump from Liga MX to European football last summer, and now may be set for an even bigger move.

We just won’t know until after the World Cup.

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The goal scorer from Mexico’s 1-0 win over Germany will turn 23 in late July, and is coming off a 17-goal, 11-assist campaign with PSV Eindhoven.

He’s now being linked with Barcelona amongst other teams, and his father was asked about Lozano’s future. From ESPN:

“There have been approaches, but right now there’s nothing concrete,” Jesus Lozano said in an interview with ESPN when asked about reported interest from Barcelona and other teams.

“I think after the World Cup it will be clear if he stays at PSV or leaves for another team.”

So what do you think? Should the Mexican stay at PSV for playing time? I’m kidding… see how you sound, U.S. fans?

Nigeria beats Iceland; Argentina still alive

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Ahmed Musa scored a pair of terrific goals as Nigeria set up Group D for a thrilling final day with a 2-0 win over Iceland in Volgograd on Friday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was arguably Iceland’s Man of the Match before he sent a penalty kick over the bar.

Nigeria now has three points, two more than Argentina and Iceland. Nigeria plays Argentina and Croatia faces Iceland on Tuesday.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson swung a dangerous early free kick over the bar, then produced the game’s second chance. That one was caught by Francis Uzoho, the 19-year-old Deportivo de la Coruna backstop.

Nigeria’s breakthrough came courtesy a lethal counter attack, as Kenneth Omeruo headed a cross clear of the Eagles’ 18. Kelechi Iheanacho collected and found Victor Moses racing down the right flank.

Moses’ cross was collected by Musa with an unorthodox outside of the boot trap, allowing him a second against his surprised mark. Musa lashed home for 1-0.

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The game was delayed for a bit when Ragnar Sigurdsson was waylaid with a head injury.

Wilfred Ndidi had a rip deflected over the bar in the 57th, and Nigeria opted for a short corner.

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Musa then basically put it to bed when he cut into the 18 and danced around two defenders with the goalkeeper in between before putting a composed finish into the goal.

Iceland got new life through an 81st minute penalty kick awarded via Video Assistant Referee, but Gylfi Sigurdsson blazed it over the bar.

Jorginho to Man City? Italian report, Noel Gallagher say so

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I don’t know about you, but I like my transfer news served up piping fresh from the hot stove of Oasis.

Well, at least ex-members of Oasis.

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Noted Man City fanatic Noel Gallagher was performing in Naples on Friday with his band the High Flying Birds.

After pumping through a couple Oasis tunes and a cover of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” on Thursday, the singer tossed a little banter toward the crowd.

You see, Man City really wants Napoli midfielder Jorginho, and Gallagher at least looks like a man in the know as Italy’s Corriere Della Sport is reporting that the midfielder is trading his blue shirts between countries.

Jorginho will cost City $57 million, according to the report, which follows this barb from Noel.