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  1. athinaios

    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    Mid-July and nothing yet. I wouldn't be surprised if Ala hasn't come up with the $20 mil. We don't know the whole story. How's Donis can plan ahead, especially when they'll start with minus 6 points. It's been a shameful couple of years. PAO needing the pity of small clubs to survive. Now Asteras is suing for the Kourbelis transfer money! tsk... I'd like to hope that eventually the team will be taken over by DG.
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    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    Maybe some foreigners who have better sense could upgrade the club. I mean it has to be a good value for the consumer, not the knuckleheads who create trouble; these can be good screamers at the stands, but they don't pay the bills, and they cost too much for the club (fines, etc). The bigger clubs in England have basically thrown out such fans. So a modern stadium, with safe, clean, attractive facilities where fans can spend money, is essential. Then the league must have credibility and competitive interest, otherwise back to square one, where only the knuckleheads would participate. I have an emotional attachment to Leoforos (been there many times), but it's inappropriate now no matter how they may renovate it. Maybe if they build a proper facilities for basketball and other sports (no football). PAO needs to build a new, modern home, easily accessible, and safe for families to attend.
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    A 12 Team Super League?

    This is amateur time, if not idiocy. It's interesting though that once Oly became vulnerable (and Marinakis isn't going to spend like before, plus the CL $ is gone), now they want to make the league more competitive.......... Anyway, yes, it has to be more competitive. No matter what they do, the credibility of the sport is lost. Only the very fanatic fans still bother to attend games. TV viewership is way down because of the bad quality and the corruption of the league. Even though I can see the VAR's usefulness, I'm more of a purist in terms of a long season with no playoffs. There are 2 "derbies" a season per 2 teams for the league title. If they want tournaments, do it for the cup. I'd also make the cup more competitive, but having knock out games*, and make the lesser teams (the league standings at time of draw) have home advantage. * in double games, usually the stronger team prevails; with one knockout game a lesser team would have more chances.
  4. athinaios

    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    it's not my money, but this saddens me a lot.... all of these players did not make a bit of a difference for the club.... I would accept say somebody who made close to a million but they scored a goal that saved the team or won the team something.... I could understand Leto and Toche and a few others who asked for their money, but at least they did something for PAO. those who made the decisions to spend so much for crappy players should be banned from the sport, or at least from any PAO future activity..... sad, really sad.
  5. athinaios

    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    Well, many more people would come out to claim the club owes them if there's a hope they could collect. I would too, and I'm not talking only former players. Wage earners, and small companies are owed money too. What bothers me is that huge sums had to be paid to freakin' crappy players (like Essien, Wemer, etc) who contributed nothing to the team. Stupid decisions by amateurs if you ask me. Anyway, they new owner(s) should know that there are such debts and that the club can't move forward if debts are unpaid. Now, with the minus 6 points and with a poor roster, we may not even qualify for UEFA spot next season. Does this mean that the ban will remain? Or, is it 1 year ban whether or not the team qualifies?
  6. athinaios

    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    OK, but at some point they need to have ready-to-play guys. I think the new crew (Dabizas, Donis, etc) is a good one, but they need to have a budget, and from what I know, there isn't one yet. This is taking longer.... Is the team out of euro play next season? How about having to start with minus points?
  7. athinaios

    Macedonia Name Dispute

    ^^^^^ I'd have no problem if they called themselves "Salvomacedonian".... But, again as many have said already, they didn't, and Greece for decades has been rejecting anything/everything that had "Macedonia" in a name. I'm old enough to remember discussing the same point in the 1990s, that no word "Macedonia, Macedonja, or SalvoMakedonia" was acceptable to most Greeks and their gov. Those of us in the minority then were being called names for suggesting this very name or any name the showed that "Macedonia" was not Greek. Macedonia was only Greek--as many still suggest. [Do those Greeks who don't want anyone else Macedonian mean that all Macedonia is only Greek?] In the 30 years since, Greece lost the game.... Now you say the sacred ..word is acceptable to you for them to use if it starts with "Slavo".... I'm guessing that if the North M is rejected by Greece now, that country will be known as simply Macedonia.
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    Macedonia Name Dispute

    I don't think the Skopjans asked Greece about the name 27 years ago. So there was nothing to negotiate, nothing on the table so to speak. The vast majority of Greeks don't want Skopje to use "Macedonia" in a name. But, I really don't see what Greece would have done. OK, maybe better diplomacy.... Effective diplomacy usually requires bargaining power... Internally, Skopje leaders couldn't give in regarding the name. They were willing to lose economically by going against Greece, though the other important players who could have pressured FYROM began to lose interest over the years, and now the big players see Skopje gov as the responsible one who has made concessions regarding the name. .... PS>If a country has territorial claims against another, names don't matter, as they don't change anything. PS2>Could it be said that Greece has territorial claims if it considers Macedonia only Greek? [I don't think Greece does, but for the sake of argument...]
  9. athinaios

    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    That's why I'm skeptical about anyone who wants to "invest" in any club.... Savidis is losing money on PAOK, I'm sure. The Asians who want to buy PAO must have something else in mind too. The league doesn't generate profit, Greek teams are going to be hard pressed to compete in Europe for years, so?...
  10. athinaios

    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    PAO needs a clean slate, where there are no immediate debts that can hamper the club. Then the new ownership will have to find a way to beef up the player roster, despite the club possibly being penalized by EPO and UEFA with no transfers. If the new owners are serious, they should start with building a proper home for the club. They should keep Ouzounidis (if he wants to stay), because he's the one that held the team under the worst circumstances and if only Greeks or PAO's own youth players are the only ones available, Ouzou would be the best.
  11. athinaios

    Trump Presidency

    DJT hates the Iranian deal (because Obama dealt) but, at best, he'd get the same deal from DPR. The latest: “The crooked Clintons are the most corrupt people in the world,” Colbert said on Wednesday night, doing his Trump impersonation. “Get me their lawyer!” [Trump hired a Clinton's lawyer during his impeachment]
  12. athinaios

    2018 Euroleague Playoffs

    I just watched PAO play Real Madrid*.... One of the best basketball games I've seen, especially against one of the best European clubs. 95-67 rout. OK, PAO needs 2 more wins to advance but this was amazing. If the maintain this on Thu, I think the team is peaking at the right moment. These games may be the last ones PAO plays in the Euroleague as DG has said he'll take the team out of EL and into FIBA. *can you imagine if the football club did something similar?...😜
  13. athinaios

    Happy Easter (Καλό Πάσχα ...)

    Hope you all had a nice time, whether you're celebrating the religious occasion or not. I'm not religious, but I remember fondly the times I spent that holiday in Greece. I liked the meat (preferred goat to lamb) on the spit and the rest of the delicious food. I didn't fast during the previous week (or maybe I did but didn't know it), though the eating past midnight Sat into Sun was a bit too much. Anyway, holidays are special in the company of good friends and family.
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    Yeah, and it was very scary...
  15. athinaios

    General Gavros Discusion Topic

    He's responsible for hiring coaches, etc. But, I'd be upset if I spent more than all teams combined and got a team that's not really good and with players with a casual attitude. Is it true that Oly will be playing with U20 players for rest of season?