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  1. Joined Arsenal in January 2018 from PAS Giannina for £1.89m. Arsene Wenger initially intended to send him out on loan, but his plans changed after seeing him in training. "The first signs he showed were so encouraging that I decided to keep him," he said.
  2. He is a true asset. If healthy and in form, I'd go as far as saying he could battle Sokratis and Manolas for a spot. I truly believe that. What happens when someone is often injured is that, when healthy, it's that much harder to regain 1. form, 2. confidence in yourself and 3. the confidence of your manager. The more you get injured that deeper the hole you start from every single time.
  3. Kone signed with A-League newcomers Western Melbourne FC on a two year deal. He was never Andrea Pirlo, but, for a couple of years, he was one of the better Greek players in Europe. His career really nosedived in his late 20s, and now, at only 31, he's gonna be playing in Australia.
  4. He was a sure bet with Sokratis/Manolas quality but injuries decimated his career.
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    Other Greeks Abroad

    You are right and I did know that. Mind must have been on Nikolaou from the prior post.
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    Other Greeks Abroad

    A couple of Greeks Abroad newcomers: Stelios Kitsiou from PAOK to Ankaragucu in Turkey on loan until then end of the season 18 year old Nikos Michelis permanent transfer from Asteras to AC Milan. We will be keeping an eye on this one.
  7. 18 months is a long time for a 30 year old striker that seems to be slowing down. Not my favourite move for him, but yea hope he gets firing. I have a good feeling he will have success in Turkey.
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    Jose Holebas ‒ Watford F.C.

    Some reports saying that Holebas is considering a return to the NT. At 34, I don't think that will happen. Although he's playing the best football of his career, and he will surely help very short-term, Greece is already somewhat deep in at LB. I would be much more excited if he'd come back as a midfielder.
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    Other Greeks Abroad

    Dimitrios Nikolaou has been sent from Olympiacos to Empoli on loan for the rest of the season.
  10. On 3 January he moved to Serie B side Lecce on loan, with a clause included to make the move permanent in the summer.
  11. Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-0 today. Our boy had Hazard in his pocket and a finally in-form Koscielny took some of the weight off Sokratis in the backline and they both had a huge game. Sokratis assisted on Koscielny's goal with a well-directed volley.
  12. He's doing great. One of the best CB in the EPL at the moment.
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    Sotiris Ninis ‒ Hapoel Ashkelon

    There is so much to say about Greek's abroad. So many examples and different experiences. Certainly the longer you stay in the Greek league, the better chance you stagnate. KPap and Ninis are different though. Injuries tore apart KPap's career, whereas Ninis' inconsistency and lack of development killed his. Lots of factors come into play for Greeks going abroad. No Greek goes into a foreign club with any kind of pedigree, as I believe that players from the GSL, and Greek footballers, in general, have to work twice as hard to earn the respect and confidence of managers. Also, as I've stated in the past, what's hindering young Greek players in General from getting a timely opportunity abroad is the fact that, for years, the GSL has been just good enough to keep their talent long enough to sell for a higher profit. Whereas, in countries like Croatia, where the league wasn't as competitive, would sell their players younger and cheaper to bigger clubs around Europe. And the results are in front of us.
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    Sotiris Ninis ‒ Hapoel Ashkelon

    That all goes to show that the youth talent is present, but club & league culture and training programs & facilities, all which translate to professionalism and development, are lacking in Greece. The most successful players leave Greece very young. Yes, there are examples of players leaving and coming back, some falling off the map, others thriving in the GSL, but, nevertheless, if a young Greek player wants to give himself the best shot at a successful career, he needs to develop outside Greece.
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    Sotiris Ninis ‒ Hapoel Ashkelon

    I dont think anyone fathomed him as the present. He is clearly the past, but I guess it's just interesting to keep tabs on someone that was central topic of conversations for mny years. At this point he will retire at 30.
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    Kostas Manolas ‒ AS Roma

    When was it published?
  17. On August 30th 2017, Retsos (19) was sold to Bayer Leverkusen from Olympiacos for €22 million, the most expensive fee ever paid for a Greek footballer.
  18. Yes it's his first one, but he's also only 20 years old. When did K Pap start getting hurt? Probably around the same age. Not saying he will end up like that, but I just don't want to see another wasted Greek talent.
  19. Kyriakos Papadopoulos 2.0. World class potential at a very young age, but injury prone. Let's hope he doesn't continue with this pattern. His season is now a complete wash.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    It's ok because Finland is not really a Pot 3 team, and Bosnia is arguably not a Pot 2 team. We did not feel the brunt of coming in through Pot 4.
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    Jose Holebas ‒ Watford F.C.

    If you saw Arsenal play today, with such fast pace, quick throw ins, forward motion, keeper got would get ball into play right aways, always a high tempo, it was so refreshing to watch. if Greece just went up one gear in terms of team pace, they'd be a different team. This all stems from training and philosophy from manager.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    Positive for us.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    My take on this draw: We would have drawn a similar calibre group if we came in through Pot 2 instead of Pot 4. All very interesting matchups: Can't wait for Italy-Greece matches for obvious reasons. Greece at their best can get a result vs the Italians. We keep drawing Bosnia and have developed somewhat of a rivalry with them throughout the years. They are good, but very beatable. Finland are playing well as of late, but, as we showed a couple of weeks ago, we are the better side. They are overacheaving and are a Pot 4 team at their core. I don't think Armenia will be walk in the park, especially with Greece's habit of playing down to their opponents. This isn't a strong side, we should win both, but they sometimes come to play and Mhkitaryan is pretty good. Lietchenstein should be a breeze if we have any ambition. All in all, could have drawn a more difficult group and did not really suffer the full brunt of coming in through Pot 4.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    I am most excited about this match.
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    Jose Holebas ‒ Watford F.C.

    I think our movement as a team is extremely slow. Our pace with and without the ball is devastating. We either pass the ball back, or, if it's forward, we take so much time that the opposing players can anticipate where the ball is going and form a perimeter. It's very frustrating to watch.
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