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  1. Hi mangas. It's a fake internet game :) A Championship Manager type game where you buy and sell players in a league. It's free to play and you can sign up if you wanted to.
  2. For those interested in how the fight went: http://www.phantis.com/blogs/midfield-maes...s-danny-couzens
  3. Mitroglou has been superb. Time he moved to a bigger leaguehttp://www.phantis.com/blogs/midfield-maes...eadly-pistolero
  4. Hi guys. Just to let you know, there are two London born Greek Cypriot boxers that are brothers and highly rated. There's the younger brother, Chris "The Flash" Evangelou is a light welterweight, who has just one defeat (and it was very controversial. Every pundit, fans, former fighter etc, said he won that fight. So it was hugely controversial. You can see the controversial defeat here: His brother is Andreas "ACE" Evangelou is a light heavyweight and is still undefeated. I interviewed Andreas just over a week so if you fancy a listen check it out here: Read the article Listen to the podcast They are both in action this Saturday at the London Olimpia. It will be televised on Sky Sports
  5. Euro2004

    AEK - Giannina

    The British boys? AEK played well for spells in the first half. The 2nd half was sloppy but AEK did what they had to, and once it went to 2-1 they were solid and comfortable. I like Linen. I'd leave him in charge for years! The team seems to have more belief under him, is more well organised and he seems to be leader too! Katidis seems to be a trouble maker and he was dropped today, so he knows how to put his foot down! AEK will survive in my opinion and Linen is a manager that could help develop the youngsters
  6. Carroll could've done better for this goal, but he is certainly still Olympiakos' best keeper. For a meaningless game I'd play Megyeri to keep him happy. I also hope Fetfatzidis and Vlachodimos feature. Arsenal will rest numerous players so hopefully Olympiakos win this
  7. How have we regressed? We won our first competitive game under him (against Iceland 11/9/12) for the first time in just under 2 years (the last was against Bulgaria October 2009, and even that didn't mean anything because Bulgaria had nothing to play for. The last competitive game of any significance that we won was against Georgia 28/3/09). We have not regressed.As for who he selects, yes it's true that Laban and Dosa are not Cypriots, but that's not the manager's fault. I too would rather foreigners didn't play but he has been employed to select the best players available to him. If Nioblias didn't select them then KOP would want to know why. What can he say? He has to select them. Nioblias has done a good job imo. In the first game Cyprus were unlucky not to get a result in Albania. Then beat Iceland at home, playing well. An injury depleted Cyprus went to Slovenia and narrowly lost 2-1. The Norway game was frustrating, Cyprus lost 1-3 at home but played fairly well so that was disappointing. Then for the Finland game Cyprus were poor, but numerous first team players were left out because it was a friendly and he wanted to experiment. That's what friendlies are for. You're being very harsh on him in my opinion
  8. Cyprus were depleted in this game. As for Firing him, why? He usually picks the right line up, good formation, etc. The fact is the Cypriot national team is in a transitional period. The experienced players are either retired from international football or past their best (Okkas, Konstantinou, Aloneftis, etc), and the younger players are not at a level to replace them.
  9. I thought Olympiakos played well. Solid through the spine but lacked a cutting edge when trying to attack the flanks. On another day Olympiakos could've grabbed something here. I also think Abdoun's penalty shout could have been given. It was a clear tackle from behind. Qualification was lost in the first game, not this game
  10. I'm flattered that you'd use my post (even if it is against me - smart move! lol). I agree, for Fetfatzidis to improve he MUST move abroad. That doesn't mean that he isn't already at a level that can help Greece though. Gianniotas is still a long way behind Fetfa. Another tricky youngster, Kolovos of Panionios, should also look to move abroad. But if they are good enough they should play, regardless of where they are and how much they play. At the moment we simply do not have a dribbler in the class of Fetfa and so we should use him Personally I think Karnezis is better than Sifakis, but regardless I appreciate what you're saying and I agree when it comes to goalkeepers because a keeper can't afford to make a mistake due to be being rusty. An attacking player can afford to give the ball away once or twice in the attacking third until he finds his sharpness. Having him introduced off the bench is an option we could do with
  11. Playing 10 minutes off the bench is hardly the equivalent of being match fit. Even when Fetfatzidis was fit and featuring Santos wouldn't give him a real chance. And Amanatidis didn't rebel because they were playing for Greece whilst not playing for their clubs. His outburst came about because of favouritism. He saw that they were playing badly for Greece and yet were seemingly irreplaceable because there was a "clique" within the team. There's a big difference between playing badly and not being given a chance at all. If Fetfatzidis doesn't play between now and March I would call him up for a friendly and play him for 90 mins. If he is capable of playing at the level that I know he can then yes I'd call him up. Santos could easily have given him 30 minutes against Ireland. In fact, despite the fact that we got to the quarter finals we had 1.5 good games at the Euros. The 2nd half against Poland, and the Russia game. We were abysmal against the Czechs and overwhelmed by Germany (because we got our tactics wrong imo). During that tragic period why wasn't Fetfatzidis given a run out? Against Germany it was clear that Ninis was in atrocious form and with Karagounis injured too we had no effective attacking midfielder. The Germans were able to over commit and we were pinned up without an outlet. They were primed for the counter and despite all their attacking talent the fact is Germany cannot defend. Italy undid them with one school-playground long ball over the top. They have big, immobile defenders in Badstuber and Hummels, yet Santos decided to take Ninis off at half time, put Gekas on and play a long aerial ball to him! How dumb is that? Katsouranis played at the attacking centre midfielder for goodness sake and he was frequently in acres of space in the hole between their defence and midfield. Get Fetfa on and let him run at those big statues at the back. Let's see how Badstuber and Hummels would have coped when isolated against him. Also that was at a time when Fetfa was on form for Olympiakos and he still wasn't given a chance, despite the fact that tactically it made perfect sense for him to be given a chance. Let me finish by asking you a question. Forget the fact that Fetfa is at Olympiakos. If he was at Barcelona it would be perfectly understandable as why he would be on the bench. Teams like that have a plethora of talent and they don't always play. In that scenario would you call Fetfa up to the Greece squad or would you leave him out because he's not playing first team football? @mangas, How are you? I've been working long days and haven't really had the time to get online much. When I win the lottery and am a millionaire I'll have the luxury of sitting on a beach, sipping cocktails while surfing Phantis all day long! :tup:
  12. Was sent off in the last game away at Leverkusen. He then threw a tantrum and kicked a cup of water, which soaked someone else nearby. Oh dear!
  13. There have been many examples of players not playing for their club sides and would still get called up to the squad. Karagounis was one, Samaras was another, Gekas too. Fetfatzidis is a top talent and would certainly add something to the squad that we lack and need. Just because Olympiakos don't use him does not mean that he isn't good enough to play for Greece. It's not just the fact that he skips past players for fun, and has a terrific through ball, he also draws an extra marker, creating space for his teammates. We have no one like that. He should be featuring.As for why he signed a new contract, the simple reason that he was on a contract worth 120k euros a year, now he's on 200k euros a year. They've, apparently, promised to let him go on loan and there are Spanish teams interested. However the truth is that they might have also said "if you want to go on loan you will sign an extension, otherwise you'll rot in the reserves". The kid should move to the Bundesliga or La Liga asap imo, whether it's a loan move or otherwise. He is wasting his talent in Greece
  14. Why not? He's a proven goalscorer. A real fox in the fox, particularly at small clubs. Levante had a great season but they certainly punched above their weight. There's no reason he can't help them have decent season
  15. Some things I liked, others I didn't. VERY poor defending for both of their goals. Not convinced by Spyro either. Stafylidis has to be given a chance (so does Zaradoukas when he's fit). Also it's ridiculous that Fetfa isn't being given a chance. I just don't understand it. I did read that because of sponsorship deals (with Amstel I think) Santos was pressured to take Fetfa to the Euros. Does his omission now prove that? Has the kid done something to annoy the manager? He seems like a nice, quiet kid, and is a super-player. So what is the problem? Mitroglou was lively. Missed a one on one but had a decent header go just wide and scored. Karnezis did ok, but he's no Chiotis. I guess that ship has sailed though after his outburst. We need to tighten up
  16. Did you actually see the game mate? How did Cyprus play?
  17. 22 years old is not a youngster any more, particularly as Ninis has been around for so long and failed to fulfil his potential. I remember when he was outshining Jack Wilshere in the u-21s. Ninis looked amazing. It was only a matter of time before he played for a super club! Now he can't even break into the Greek national team and is on his way to replace Giovinco at Parma. Parma will struggle this season in my opinion because they relied on Giovinco so heavily. He was their one player that could explode into attacking areas with his excellent dribbling skills. He's quick, a direct runner, agile, and can make things happen at a high tempo. So Parma were a counter attacking team with him leading the countering. Ninis is not that sort of player, he likes a slower passing game where he can dictate the pace. I'm not sure whether he will live up to their expectations therefore. Nonetheless, I'm digressing now, the point is 22 isn't young, his progress stunted dramatically. As for Manolas, I'm with Irlandos on this. I think he's a terrible defender. Positionally inept, not particularly strong, he's fairly slow, not that great in the air. He's just not that good at anything. If I was Santos I'd go for this in the first half: ---------------------------------------Chiotis------------------------------------------ Skondras---------------Sokratis-------------------K.Pap-------------------Stafylidis ------------------Torosidis-----------Maniatis-----------Fetfatzidis------------------- Salpingidis--------------------------Mitroglou------------------------------Klonaridis 2nd half --------------------------------------Chiotis------------------------------------------- -------------------Sokratis----------K.Paps----------Malezas------------------------- Torosidis----------Mavrias-------Maniatis---------Dimoutsos--------------Stafylidis ------------------------------Fetfatzidis---------Vellios/Athanadsiadis--------------- Afterall, friendlies are for experimenting. Unfortunately Santos has punished both Kone and Chiotis for speaking up. They've not been called up again. Rather amazingly Fetfatzidis hasn't been called up to the squad at all! Shocking!
  18. Euro2004

    APOEL - Neftchi

    I saw APOEL's home game against Senica and the two games against Aalesund. They still move the ball beautifully in midfielder, just like they did last year. Benachour is a lovely footballer to watch, reminds me a little of a poor-man's Luka Modric in his style. Great signing for APOEL. Aloneftis has also been a very good addition to the team, proving pace, movement and a real goal threat from the bench. However I have also seen some huge problems. Ailton and Solari got injured and without them they've lacked a creative spark up front. Budimir is not fit yet and looks like he might need a while to get sharp. The biggest problem of all though is that new defence! They look woeful! A defence is a unit so perhaps they simply haven't had the time to gel, but so far they look like a shadow of last season's defensive back line. Last season they had Poursaitidis at right back. Boaventura played at left back while Paulo Jorge partenered Marcelo Oliveira (and sometimes Kaka) in the cenre of defence. Together provided a formidable defence. Paulo Jorge has moved to Anorthosis this season along with Boaventura. The years had caught up with Poursaitidis who retired at 36, so a new right back was needed too. There was talk of a number of Greek right backs signing as his replacement, like Galitsios and Skondra, but in the end they signed Mario Sergio from Metalurg Donetsk. He hasn't been too bad so far. I need to see more of him but at the moment he seems fairly comfortable on the ball, has a good shot and cross and isn't bad defensively. So that's fine. At centre back they've signed former PAOK & Atromito centre back, Francisco Zuela along with Artiz Border from Recreativo, while Marcelo Oliveira has dropped to the bench. They have also signed Michael Klukowski (Canadian international) from a Turkish team (Manisaspor) who has yet to feature, so know nothing about him. But at left back they are playing a left midfielder/winger (Nectarios Alexandrou, formerlly of Larissa). As a unit, they have look abysmal! Alexandrou is too attack minded, Bordiz and Zuela leave gaping holes between them, and the latter gives the ball away in dangerous areas all the time. APOEL simply look dreadful defensively! They need to tighten up or they will eventually get exposed. I do expect them to come through this, but further down the line could become exposed.
  19. The 16 year old son of PAOK manager George Donis, Tasos, has left PAO to sign for Juventus.
  20. I don't think Fetfatzidis' natural position is as a winger, he's a number 10. He finds pockets of space well, dribbles excellently and has a superb through ball. With Karagounis aging he is the logical successor in a 4-3-3 or 3-4-3, and even in a 4-4-1-1. He can also play on the left cutting in, like Gianniotas does for the u-19s. Fetfa is a gem of a player in my opinion. If he moved to Barcelona tomorrow he'd be a superstar within 2 years. He has weaknesses of course (he needs to work on his right foot, work on direct dribbling skils, improve his crossing, and explosive sprints) but the sky is the limit for the kid. Tachtsidis has also made a very promising start to his Roma career. On his debut against Zaglebie Lubin he scored a great chip from 20 yards before playing an amazing through ball to get an assist. So he's another that we'll be seeing more of (if he keeps his head and doesn't return to the late-night-clubbing that he was famous for in Greece!). Vellios has continued banging them away in the Everton reserves too, I'm assuming he'll get more playing time at Everton so he could feature at some stage, but Mitroglou HAS to be given more playing time in my opinion. We also have problems at left back so Stafilidis should be given a chance. He's been superb for the u19s and for PAOK and has recently secured a move to Leverkusen (will remain at PAOK on loan).
  21. The toughest of all the draws for Asteras. Winning to nil tomorrow is vital. Good luck Asteras! :gr:
  22. The future of Cypriot football was looking pretty bleak. The "golden generation" that so nearly qualified for a European Championships and gained other famous results, are aging or retired. With so many foreigners in Cyprus now the younger generation aren't getting a chance at their clubs and so young talents aren't really being developed. So it looks like the Cypriot national team is aiming for the old tactic of signing mercenaries! Helio Pinto (APOEL, Portuguese), Vincent Laban (Anorthosis, French), and Dossa Junior (AEL, Brazilian) are all set to be gain Cypriot nationality. That will certain the strengthen the Cypriot squad (but does raise questions about the morality of it. I mean there are Cypriot kids that have dreamed of playing for Cyprus since they were kids and a bunch of players that have been there for a few years could take their places). Additionally, Arsenal's Nicos Yennaris (half Chinese, half Cypriot) has just signed a new contract. Cyprus should approach him now, same with Andros Townsend (also half Cypriot, of Spurs)
  23. Their form in recent years would suggest that PAOK will get a result here, but Greek teams tend to perform poorly in Israel.
  24. AEL were in control in the first half (although Partizan did miss a one on one not long after AEL took the lead). In the 2nd half Partizan had more of the ball with AEL playing on the break. Degra is a brilliant keeper, Vouho is lively too. AEL are an athletic team that breaks quickly but don't have the ball retention skills that APOEL do or the defensive solidity. AEL might make it through but I can't see them taking the CL by storm.
  25. It will be interesting to see if we use any new faces. The left back position is certainly one that will need to be resolved. Also hope to see Fetfatzidis given a chance.
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