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  1. 4 points
    Hi folks! (Apologies for the long post but I’ll try to keep it brief) A Dunfermline Athletic and PAOK fan from Scotland here.. My story? I met a Pontic Greek girl 3 and a half years ago in Edinburgh. It was a classic case of boy meets girl, boy goes to Greece to meet girls parents.. boy falls in love with PAOK, and the girl haha. This September I will be getting married near Kavala! Anyway, went to the away tie v Liberec last year for my first game, then away against schalke. Met some amazing people along the way and everything surrounding the club, the fan base, history etc is like nothing I have come across. In the last 3 years I have supported this great club like I grew up supporting Dunfermline here in Scotland. In September I went to toumba to take some photos with my flag. After negotiating with a security guard and the office staff, I was alowed in to see the hollowed turf. That was a very special moment to me. I was in awe of the pace and it felt like home as soon as I came out of of the tunnel. Toumba symbolises a very happy period in my life and it was quite emotional as I took it all in, wondering, how I got to this point. Sunday will be my first match in toumba and I will be standing in gate 4. A dream will come true for me this weekend!! PAOKARA S’AGAPW
  2. 3 points
    karelis and mitroglou are locks for the cf position so i don't really care who's the third one. about the wings for me it's donis, lazaros and let's say to give a chance to fetfatzidis and lamprou in these friendlies. the only 2 that i can think at the moment that are above average back ups instead of mantalos who's basically not a winger and gianniotas who's a below average player. samaris, zeca, kourmpelis, galanopoulos, kone and tachtsidis in the midfield. i think it's solid one, far deeper that our latest editions with tziolis and maniatis running it. sokratis, manolas, retsos and kyriakos cbs, locks as well. stafylidis, torosidis, lykogiannis and mpakakis for the wing backs. karnezis, paschalakis for the goalkeeper's position with the 3rd one being up for grabs. i'd give the advantage to tsintotas over anestis and kapino at the moment, the 2 latter look in some awful for tbh.
  3. 3 points
    Glad to see there are some reasonable people (Laz, J1078). Yes, ranking is very important in our situation. And the NT shouldnt be an U-23 developing center. The best available players should start. But the head coach should try newcomers. Thats why we need friendly games. Talents shouldnt make their debut during crucial games (cf. Lykogiannis, Kourbelis, Donis). Siopis isnt ripe for the national team NOW. Same goes for Galanopoulos, Manthatis, Androutsos etc. Skibbe should call up Bakakis and Kone. And its a shame we couldnt utilize Maniatis properly. Possibly it was his last international campaign. He is smart and has a high work rate. He should have been employed as a defensive midfielder against Croatia (away) and on other occasions. I cant believe Skibbe benched him in favor of Tziolis. I dont know who could fill his role. He wasnt a very skilled player but could be very useful as a DM as he is considerably faster than Tziolis or Tachtsidis.
  4. 3 points
    It 's not an age factor...a NT has to know if in form players can fit into their plans regardless of age...you never know what can happen and have to be ready with options....especially if you wanna get rid of the TzioloTzavelloManiatides. Vaslakaki is 30 but never stops working, has the lungs to run all game long and has skill and a good footballing IQ. I'd definitely rather see him on the pitch atm than an anemic Forounis or uninvolved Samaris.
  5. 3 points
    It seems like Sky Sports reported that Glykos was signed to Nottingham Forest, lol: How does something like that happen? Well, if you google "Stefanos Kapino" and hit images this pops up (the write probably just wanted an in game photo and paid zero attention that this guy looks NOTHING like the 50 other faces on the page):
  6. 2 points
    The reason is that now we have people at EPO that care about the national team and Greek football in general. The previous leadership was there to just make money for themselves and to serve their master.
  7. 2 points
    The EPO now decides to schedule 3 friendly matches after we fail to make the World Cup? Could have used a few friendly matches during last campaign to play some younger players.
  8. 2 points
    Goddamn right. It's criminal, how that organization is run. Literally, actually.
  9. 2 points
    I do want to experiment with a younger line up and new players which is a must in these upcoming friendlies but we also need to realize that wins are crucial for our fifa rankings and moving up..
  10. 2 points
    I do not get all the fuss about some players of Atromitos /Asteras and I think your memory is not decent at all lads. Superleague is overall weakened. That is obvious from the European results. Teams like Atromitos and Panionios have obviously stepped up their game but the League is weakened. Honestly apart from Siopis, Pelkas , Paschalakis and Lamprou/Masouras I find noone else who should even be looked into from the GSL currently to become a regural pick of the NT. Limnios and Douvikas too young for now. The rest are already fully developed and past their peak. Many promising CB but honestly why bother? Sokratis Manolas Retsos Mavropanos Kyriakos will all be above them in preference. Friendlies line up that I would love: Paschalakis Bakakis Hatzidiakos Mavropanos Tsimikas Siopis Galanopoulos Masouras Pelkas Lamprou Mitroglou/Karelis
  11. 2 points
    The igloo is going to gain10 feet in diameter.
  12. 2 points
    In other news Olympiakos looks to blame indiscriminately. EPO, Tsipras, Savvidis, Illuminati, Soros, Trump, the sun, the moon and even the wind have been accused of conspiring against Olympiakos. Ha ha ha, it's so entertaining.
  13. 2 points
    Hello everyone, This is Apolo from portugal, i had a acount at the greeksoccerforum back in the days, i remember some of you from there, i even met Athens4 in Lisbon when PAOK playd Benfica for Europa League, but somehow we lost contact . Since that site went down i've been having hard time following GSL. Things have been improving for PAOk and i hope you can win the leaguethis year.
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points
    F the Beautiful Clean Coal Come enjoy a nice Clean Cool Molson in the 'GloO NO SMOKING!!! ....
  16. 2 points
    Can you imagine Lazaros dribbling towards the defence and Donis making a run through the wing. Talking about creating chances, with Fortounis in the mix we could look dangerous in attack. All we need is for Mitroglou to perform and the midfielders to do their job.
  17. 2 points
    He gave a nice assist today against Manisaspor (one opponent lied on the pitch grabbing his ankle, but he couldnt see him). So far he has one goal and one assist in 12 games for the club. On the video see from 2:11:
  18. 2 points
    pelkas can compete for a spot as well i think. our depth should be like that at the moment. samaris/tachtsidis/kourmpelis/zeca/galanopoulos pelkas/lazaros/fortounis/mantalos/donis mitroglou/karelis
  19. 2 points
    Our matches start in September. So the question is how many friendlies will we have coming up to September? We need to be playing games in order to find new a way of gelling as a team. First thing Skibbe should do is to let go of Tziolis, Maniatis and Tzavellas. He needs to also start playing Kourbelis, Bakakis and Pelkas. He should also keep an eye on Fetfatzidis now that Mantalos and Karelis are sidelined. Hopefully Donis can not be the only one carrying the team in attack, so Fortounis and Mitroglou need to lift their socks up and combine with Donis to create and score goals.
  20. 2 points
    I'm not saying put our trust all in Donis but name me one guy that we have that has should more promise with our NT? It is going to come down to Skibbe smarting up and choosing the best 11. If you want a guy that is performing consistently and I know there are a lot of guys who don’t like him and I’m not sold either but take a look at Fetfa... if we are basing our players on guys that are performing for their club then how can you deny this guy a shot? is he at the very least not worth a look at one of our two upcoming friendlies? What's the harm? Even with our limited talent pool we're still better then the other teams in our group. If we get rid of Tziolis, Tzav, Man we immediately get better.
  21. 1 point
    Skibbe should have banged the table, thats true. But EPO could have known Ethniki needs some friendlies. Surely they know a national team used to play friendly games to infuse younger players and try new tactics. I would say both of them are responsible. I wanted to add that imagine what Otto or Santos would have done if EPO wouldnt have organized a single friendly match in a year. Clearly they would have shouted the heads of EPO officials off.
  22. 1 point
    it sucks that everyone uses dortmund as a stepping stone. could be an elite club aubamayang lewandowski hummels dembele sokratis reus all in one club would be lethal.
  23. 1 point
    Agree with a lot of what you're saying @AchillesHeel. The analogy of WWF made me laugh. I will say though I don't agree about keeping people divided to maintain control. Just too conspiratorial for my liking. Maybe I'm naive. I just think the simpler explanation is that the system of government is so huge that to make meaningful changes takes a long time. Add to that the fact that there is little urgency by the people that actually have the power to change things and you have a system that is sclerotic. This doesn't just apply to the U.S. but to many many countries around the world. This weird situation where having a choice of two parties (party A kicks you in the head, party B kicks you in the guts, now make your choice!) who are intensely lobbied by corporations and big money has become the new normal. But don't worry, there's a money trickling into your pocket from ... somewhere. The biggest issues really (not that they're talked about enough) is income inequality and automation of jobs. Automation isn't a problem just yet but give it a decade or two. Although that really ties into the main issue of income inequality. How do you fix it ? The people in power that can change it have no incentive to (unless forced). And to be fair, I don't think they really know how to "fix" things. Any talk of fixing income inequality is screamed down with words like "socialist" and that's pretty much the end of the discussion at that point. Sad state of affairs really. There will come a day, maybe in our life time, maybe a little further along, but either way at some point in say the next 50-100 years where I would guess 80% of jobs (and that's being conservative) will be automated. And at that point, the shizen will really hit the fan because at that point when you have 80% of the population earning nothing, it's not just them who will be struggling but the entire system of economics collapses. It'll make the Great Depression look like a small event in comparison. Time to bring in a universal basic income ? GTFO you commie bastard!
  24. 1 point
    I would bet good money that he's capable already, but they just don't want to exacerbate the sprain. I mean if he played on it last weekend, then it can't be *that* bad. He'll be fine! FINE I TELLS YA!
  25. 1 point
    Happy birthday to Ronaldo Guiaro (February 18, 1974) who turns 44. Arguably our best central defender of Modern Era.
  26. 1 point
    Pedia the match is on ertplay2 http://webtv.ert.gr/ert-play-2-live/
  27. 1 point
    Looking that way. I'll give you credit....you have been saying the championship is yours for 40 years, and have never given up.
  28. 1 point
    Very poor quality: http://firstrowsportes.net/soccer/lamia-paok-krk5a1572?l=1229263860
  29. 1 point
    We are playing against Egypt and Switzerland in March and 1 in June.
  30. 1 point
    Greek players as I mentioned before peak early 30s. When we won the euro our average age was quite up there age 29. Italy same thing with their world cup win https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/europameisterschaft-2004/durchschnittsalter/pokalwettbewerb/EM04 England is known for fielding youngester. SEe how that's working out for them? Experience is king in knockout round and short group stages where the margin for error is low. Composure is generally correlated with age imo.
  31. 1 point
    nt arranged one more friendly, against iran on june. they're in the world cup as well, along with switzerland and egypt. possibly we might play one more friendly in that time.
  32. 1 point
    He's playing very well as is Kyvrakides and Giannotis from Atromitos....they also have a couple of up and coming youngsters. Truth is that there are a few GSL players that warrant a look from the NT...beyond the usual suspects. Manias from Asteras is another who comes to mind.
  33. 1 point
    Not yet, but I was listening to Metropolis and they said it was almost sold out, well at least al the seats were taken (maybe by the dzabatzides?)
  34. 1 point
    Defense so far - always a good job. Sousa and Deli do the business. Tzanakakis when fit - very good, Valerianos great recently. This is a good back four. I rate all of them highly. C.Midfield - when Aris stopped conceding first and automatically, when our game slowed a bit down with more passing, Intzoglou and Moumin lifted their game. These six, plus Plattellas when not beaten in the legs by opponents (and apart from few Bourbos' get-ins), never being rotated and are stable as youngster's cok and Spanos does this greatly plus all these fighting second halves and atmosphere between majority of players. I also am not a fan of rotation, especially when you are not Real Madrid, Manchester any, Barcelona etc and you don't have 100 games. Even them, when not rotating much in certain compets, did conquer many trophies (remember Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić, Ronaldo, Benzema always played). That is how Kike Hernandez got Aris stable in the second part of 2006-07 season with A.Papadopoulos-Kouloucheris-Nebegleras-Palazuelos-Paulo Costa-Javito-Koke, and why not mention Tuta and Tinga always playing before being replaced by Neto-Aurelio next season, and many other examples from top Euro football down to the Greek examples. On a more negative note, I will wait for 2 or 3 more matches in order to shape up a better expression/opinion on Xandi and Bastakos. For now, Xandi is no better than Pasas who actually does assisting and scoring off the bench recently. And Bastakos is no better than Kapnidis, and of course Diamantopoulos is still a level above Bastako.
  35. 1 point
    Karnezis has started the game against West Ham along side Holebas. 15 minutes in and his had 2 vital saves. He's doing very well!
  36. 1 point
    Lazaros is half Greek? Is that stated anywhere official?
  37. 1 point
    Skibbe should be considering Paschalakis for the goalie position.
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    Solid result away from home. Here's hoping Olympiakos vs AEK is a draw.
  40. 1 point
    He should have still been playing for the NT at least for this coming campaign. Very unfortunate that his career dropped off so prematurely.
  41. 1 point
    Won PSAP's ''Best Greek Player Abroad'' award for 2017
  42. 1 point
    hahah....If I was Lil Savvidis, I would send them a bag of my ball hair.
  43. 1 point
    Finally, the CEO of Aris Calmness (so called company) Mr. Neto Darcy finally got his collaborator, Executive director Petros Kanakoudis, logically a very elegant man in suit
  44. 1 point
    Πολύ καλό άρθρο: http://www.gazzetta.gr/football/football-league/article/1192850/kallio-arga-para-pote
  45. 1 point
    He looked like his old self in that game. Who knows what could happen if he keeps up this form.
  46. 1 point
    Finally a comfortable 0:3 win, without stress from last month or 2, after we retained the lead from first half when we scored 3. We had also 2 or 3 sitters in the second half that we missed so it should have been 0:5
  47. 1 point
    As long as he plays like that we are covered while Pelkas is injured. As for El Kaddouri, I don't even know where he fits into the team. The club is talking about loaning Mystakidis to PAO but I'd rather have Mystakidis on the bench any day of the week over how El Kaddouri is playing now.
  48. 1 point
    Kourbelis and Zeca to start together
  49. 1 point
    Χαχαχα - ακούστε ερώτηση δημοσιογράφου!!! "Για το ότι ο Βουό δε μπορεί να παίξει για τη φανέλλα" Να το κάνουμε πιο λιανό σε περίπτωση που δεν κατάλαβε κάποιος πόσο γελοία είναι αυτή η ερώτηση: "Δεν είναι πρόβλημα για τον Άρη ότι Βουό (σημ: που είναι μαύρος αφρικάνος ο άνθρωπος!), δεν έπαιξε για τη φανέλλα της ... Λαμίας?" Χαχαχαχα!!! Καλή η απάντηση του ατζέντη θα έλεγα. Τι άλλο θα ακούσουν τα ματάκια μας, τι άλλο θα δουν τα αυτιά μας! Jesus!
  50. 1 point
    Right now it appears that we are being allocated 4 athletes by the IOC: 2 in alpine skiing (1 male, 1 female) 2 in cross-country skiing (1 male, 1 female)