AFC Bournemouth: Skipper Elphick gives his take on the World Cup connections

Bournemouth Echo: CHERRIES CAPTAIN: Tommy Elphick CHERRIES CAPTAIN: Tommy Elphick

SKIPPER Tommy Elphick believes the World Cup has been both a feather in the cap for Cherries and a ringing endorsement for the Championship.

Eddie Howe’s men last season pitted their wits against a host of stars to have featured in Brazil with Cherries locking horns with players both competitively and in pre-season.

Elphick was part of the Cherries defence which prevented England’s tormentor Luis Suarez from scoring for Liverpool during an FA Cup fourth round tie in January.

And he also lined up against a star-studded Real Madrid team which included the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Argentinean duo Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria.

Cherries also faced a number of internationals in the Championship, among them Roger Espinoza and Jean Beausejour at Wigan, Bolton’s Lee Chung-yong, Albert Adomah at Middlesbrough and Benoit Assou-Ekotto who was on loan to QPR from Spurs.

Elphick, whose former Brighton team-mate Gonzalo Jara appeared for Chile in the World Cup, told the Daily Echo: “It shows how far we have come to be playing against that calibre of player. It is exciting and great to be pitching yourself in against those types of players.

“We played against a few players to have appeared in the World Cup and next season we could be up against the likes of Gary Medel with Cardiff and Leroy Fer at Norwich who have come down with their respective clubs.

“It is not only a great thing for Bournemouth but it is great for the Championship as well. It is highly regarded and gets a lot of coverage which can only boost the reputation of the league.

“You can’t fail to learn from watching games at the World Cup. Teams like Chile play a different style of football and different formations. The pace of the game is different and you learn how to win a game from watching these sorts of players. They are so clever and they know when to speed up the game and when to slow it down.”

The majority of Howe’s squad are expected to play 45 minutes when Cherries open their pre-season friendly campaign against Danish outfit FC Copenhagen in Austria this evening.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “You can look around the different squads at the World Cup and see quite a few Championship players and quite a few our players would have come up against last season.

“I think it is a really good marker to say that Bournemouth have come such a long way in a short period of time and, sometimes, it is good to look back and think how well our players have done.

“The next challenge for us is to do even better and to see players our lads play against week in, week out do well on the international stage should certainly fill them with confidence.”

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6:44am Fri 11 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Too true, we've come a long way in a very short time and the best thing to see is that we still have a lot of the players that have stayed with the club and grown with the progression, long may it continue!
UTCIAD
Too true, we've come a long way in a very short time and the best thing to see is that we still have a lot of the players that have stayed with the club and grown with the progression, long may it continue! UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 9

8:23am Fri 11 Jul 14

nonnogeppetto says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Too true, we've come a long way in a very short time and the best thing to see is that we still have a lot of the players that have stayed with the club and grown with the progression, long may it continue!
UTCIAD
What a difference from the not too distant past when we leaked players left right and centre! Our beloved club has turned a very large corner long may it last. UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Too true, we've come a long way in a very short time and the best thing to see is that we still have a lot of the players that have stayed with the club and grown with the progression, long may it continue! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]What a difference from the not too distant past when we leaked players left right and centre! Our beloved club has turned a very large corner long may it last. UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 8

8:24am Fri 11 Jul 14

mark.s says...

No mention of our youngsters winning 4-0 in their first friendly last night?
No mention of our youngsters winning 4-0 in their first friendly last night? mark.s
  • Score: 3

8:46am Fri 11 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Too true, we've come a long way in a very short time and the best thing to see is that we still have a lot of the players that have stayed with the club and grown with the progression, long may it continue!
UTCIAD
What a difference from the not too distant past when we leaked players left right and centre! Our beloved club has turned a very large corner long may it last. UTCIAD
Morning Nonno, as far as players were concerned we used to be leakier than HMS Southampton! This did absolutely nothing to foster the sort of team spirit and in it together mentality that we seem to have now and I'm sure will give us an edge this season.

Well done the youngsters v Ham last night, I hear Miles & Zoobs were also involved.
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Too true, we've come a long way in a very short time and the best thing to see is that we still have a lot of the players that have stayed with the club and grown with the progression, long may it continue! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]What a difference from the not too distant past when we leaked players left right and centre! Our beloved club has turned a very large corner long may it last. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Morning Nonno, as far as players were concerned we used to be leakier than HMS Southampton! This did absolutely nothing to foster the sort of team spirit and in it together mentality that we seem to have now and I'm sure will give us an edge this season. Well done the youngsters v Ham last night, I hear Miles & Zoobs were also involved. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 2

9:47am Fri 11 Jul 14

Web by says...

Yes it was a good performance by all who took part Zoobs did not last long but Addison was good 1st half and although we made a complete change in personnel Carmichael was the stand out in the 2nd half closely followed by Mathews but don't think any of the youngsters will get much game time under EH as he has too many players ,but we need to start involving our home grown talent in the 1st team squad.
Yes it was a good performance by all who took part Zoobs did not last long but Addison was good 1st half and although we made a complete change in personnel Carmichael was the stand out in the 2nd half closely followed by Mathews but don't think any of the youngsters will get much game time under EH as he has too many players ,but we need to start involving our home grown talent in the 1st team squad. Web by
  • Score: 0

2:26pm Fri 11 Jul 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

WATCH AFC BMTH v F C COPENHAGEN TONIGHT. . . . . . Live internet streaming at 5.30pm. . . . . . . . . . . At afc bmth.co.uk
WATCH AFC BMTH v F C COPENHAGEN TONIGHT. . . . . . Live internet streaming at 5.30pm. . . . . . . . . . . At afc bmth.co.uk RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 3

2:29pm Fri 11 Jul 14

coops1965cherry says...

mark.s wrote:
No mention of our youngsters winning 4-0 in their first friendly last night?
different story :)

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]mark.s[/bold] wrote: No mention of our youngsters winning 4-0 in their first friendly last night?[/p][/quote]different story :) U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 1

2:32pm Fri 11 Jul 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

correction for tonights live match. . . . www.afcb.co.uk
correction for tonights live match. . . . www.afcb.co.uk RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 2

2:43pm Fri 11 Jul 14

raybren says...

Max Gradel on his way back , suspect one or two on the way out or wewill have more wings than a flock of seagulls !
Max Gradel on his way back , suspect one or two on the way out or wewill have more wings than a flock of seagulls ! raybren
  • Score: 2

5:04pm Fri 11 Jul 14

canfordcherry says...

raybren wrote:
Max Gradel on his way back , suspect one or two on the way out or wewill have more wings than a flock of seagulls !
Where did you get this info? (re-Gradel)
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Max Gradel on his way back , suspect one or two on the way out or wewill have more wings than a flock of seagulls ![/p][/quote]Where did you get this info? (re-Gradel) canfordcherry
  • Score: 1

7:25pm Fri 11 Jul 14

holdinkæft says...

live match on
https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=hJYT9uim
YOA
enjoy
live match on https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=hJYT9uim YOA enjoy holdinkæft
  • Score: 0

7:47pm Fri 11 Jul 14

raybren says...

Gradel on Sky Transfer News
Gradel on Sky Transfer News raybren
  • Score: 0

7:49pm Fri 11 Jul 14

golfer33 says...

holdinkæft wrote:
live match on
https://www.youtube.

com/watch?v=hJYT9uim

YOA
enjoy
we are watching from kenya, all cherries at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: live match on https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=hJYT9uim YOA enjoy[/p][/quote]we are watching from kenya, all cherries at the moment. golfer33
  • Score: 0

8:10pm Fri 11 Jul 14

golfer33 says...

its all cherries, Pugh has to up his game a bit, too many bad crosses.
Smith is playing well.
its all cherries, Pugh has to up his game a bit, too many bad crosses. Smith is playing well. golfer33
  • Score: 0

8:13pm Fri 11 Jul 14

golfer33 says...

golfer33 wrote:
its all cherries, Pugh has to up his game a bit, too many bad crosses.
Smith is playing well.
0-0 half time, love to see TK come on. wilson looks lost.
[quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: its all cherries, Pugh has to up his game a bit, too many bad crosses. Smith is playing well.[/p][/quote]0-0 half time, love to see TK come on. wilson looks lost. golfer33
  • Score: -3

8:16pm Fri 11 Jul 14

golfer33 says...

golfer33 wrote:
golfer33 wrote:
its all cherries, Pugh has to up his game a bit, too many bad crosses.
Smith is playing well.
0-0 half time, love to see TK come on. wilson looks lost.
another player for Natt to go at, Kermit was also bad, she will have a field day.
[quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: its all cherries, Pugh has to up his game a bit, too many bad crosses. Smith is playing well.[/p][/quote]0-0 half time, love to see TK come on. wilson looks lost.[/p][/quote]another player for Natt to go at, Kermit was also bad, she will have a field day. golfer33
  • Score: 0

8:38pm Fri 11 Jul 14

golfer33 says...

golfer33 wrote:
golfer33 wrote:
golfer33 wrote:
its all cherries, Pugh has to up his game a bit, too many bad crosses.
Smith is playing well.
0-0 half time, love to see TK come on. wilson looks lost.
another player for Natt to go at, Kermit was also bad, she will have a field day.
sorry to say but wilson isnt in the same class as Grabban.
[quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: its all cherries, Pugh has to up his game a bit, too many bad crosses. Smith is playing well.[/p][/quote]0-0 half time, love to see TK come on. wilson looks lost.[/p][/quote]another player for Natt to go at, Kermit was also bad, she will have a field day.[/p][/quote]sorry to say but wilson isnt in the same class as Grabban. golfer33
  • Score: -3

9:21pm Fri 11 Jul 14

golfer33 says...

golfer33 wrote:
golfer33 wrote:
golfer33 wrote:
golfer33 wrote:
its all cherries, Pugh has to up his game a bit, too many bad crosses.
Smith is playing well.
0-0 half time, love to see TK come on. wilson looks lost.
another player for Natt to go at, Kermit was also bad, she will have a field day.
sorry to say but wilson isnt in the same class as Grabban.
wilson and jann non playing. eiphick mom , Harry another yellow but played well.
[quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: its all cherries, Pugh has to up his game a bit, too many bad crosses. Smith is playing well.[/p][/quote]0-0 half time, love to see TK come on. wilson looks lost.[/p][/quote]another player for Natt to go at, Kermit was also bad, she will have a field day.[/p][/quote]sorry to say but wilson isnt in the same class as Grabban.[/p][/quote]wilson and jann non playing. eiphick mom , Harry another yellow but played well. golfer33
  • Score: -1

10:44pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Phil McG (Italy) says...

Golfer33.....what were you watching exactly? AFCB were 1-0 up at half time. Ritchie scored although the live feed happened to miss the goal. We fielded a completely different 11 in the second half. Then despite going 2-1 down (the live feed missed them too) the trialist from Wigan, Bingham got an equalizer with 10 minutes or so to go.

How you can write Callum Wilson off after 45 minutes is pretty stupid. Grabban didn't score against FC Zurich at the start of pre season last year but that, like your comment, meant nothing.

We drew with a side which competed in the Champions League last year. Great signs for the season to come.

UP THE CHERRIES!
Golfer33.....what were you watching exactly? AFCB were 1-0 up at half time. Ritchie scored although the live feed happened to miss the goal. We fielded a completely different 11 in the second half. Then despite going 2-1 down (the live feed missed them too) the trialist from Wigan, Bingham got an equalizer with 10 minutes or so to go. How you can write Callum Wilson off after 45 minutes is pretty stupid. Grabban didn't score against FC Zurich at the start of pre season last year but that, like your comment, meant nothing. We drew with a side which competed in the Champions League last year. Great signs for the season to come. UP THE CHERRIES! Phil McG (Italy)
  • Score: 7

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