Everton: we are 6th or 7th 'most popular' in Asia

When Manchester United face Everton in the opening match of the 2005/06 English Premiership, television viewers in East Asia will be no doubt be following the debut of ManU's four-million-pound South Korean recruit Park Ji-Sung and hoping to see Chinese international Li Tie in the Everton team.

Like ManU, Everton are also building a profile in the Far East and three years ago signed the 27-year-old Li from Liaoning, AFP reports.

"Of all the sides in Europe we are probably the sixth or seventh most popular behind clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich," said the club's marketing chief Andy Hosie.