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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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

    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

    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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    Jose Holebas ‒ Watford

    We could have won both games vs Belgium, but the last minute equalizer by Lukaku was a dagger. The reason why we perform well vs quality teams is that we don't play to our weakness: offensive creativity. When we are up against an inferior side, there is too much pressure to run away with the game and our midfield often falls short. Their lack of offensive prowess overtakes the game and we are caught passing the ball aimlessly while almost never threatening the opposing goal. When we are up against better sides, the pressure to score disappears and expectations are low and that plays to our advantage. That said, this mentality is weak and we need the proper manager to help change it.
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    Jose Holebas ‒ Watford

    Very interesting quotes.
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    Kostas Manolas ‒ AS Roma

    I think if they buy him they intend to play him. They will make the necessary adjustments to their squad and will be clear with the Manolas camp before any contracts are signed.
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    Kostas Manolas ‒ AS Roma

    I think you misread. I believe it's Mantalos they are eyeing.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    The teams in Pot 3 aren't THAT much better than the ones in Pot 4. If we are up to task to qualify, we should be able to take any one of them. Pot 3 definitely has more quality but even the best side could have easily found itself in Pot 4. Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Norway are not strong teams; If we land one of those we would turn the table on this draw IMO. If there is one team I would want to avoid, it's Turkey. As much as I would circle the dates on my calendar, we are already in the hole going into this campaign, and the rivalry would render these games just as difficult as the ones vs Pot 1 and 2 sides; we have enough obstacles as it is. Here's hoping for a favourable draw.
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    Kostas Manolas ‒ AS Roma

    People in charge of Greek clubs and players for EA FIFA have never been too generous with ratings.
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    Sotiris Ninis ‒ Hapoel Ashkelon

    Dean, I agree. Despite where he is playing, I guarantee you he would not look out of place with the NT, especially in its current state. No I am not saying he should be called up, but it's not like our midfielders are setting the world on fire either.
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    NT Coaches

    I agree with your take on Sokratis. He is a great leader and one of the best players that Greece has ever produced, but he can't be saying things like that. He played his heart out and most of his teammates weren't able to keep up. It was his frustration talking.
  22. Selections have been made by new manager Anastasiadis for the upcoming Nations League matches. Goalkeepers: Vasilis Barkas (AEK), Alexandros Paschalakis (PAOK), Odysseas Vlachodimos (Benfica). Defenders: Kostas Manolas (AS Roma), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Arsenal), Dimitris Siovas (Leganes), Vasilis Lampropoulos (AEK), Michalis Bakakis (AEK), Vasilis Torosidis (Olympiacos), Leonardo Koutris (Olympiacos), Dimitris Giannoulis (Atromitos). Midfielders: Andreas Samaris (Benfica), Andreas Bouchalakis (Olympiacos), Petros Mantalos (AEK), Dimitris Pelkas (PAOK), Anastasios Bakasetas (AEK), Konstantinos Fortounis (Olympiacos), Dimitris Kourbelis (Panathinaikos), Carlos Zeca (FC Copenhagen), Giorgos Masouras (Panionios). Forwards: Konstantinos Mitroglou (Marseille), Efthymis Koulouris (Atromitos), Nikos Karelis (PAOK). IMO: Positives: New blood Vlachodimos and Koutris, Samaris and Siovas back, Tziolis and Tzavellas era done. Negatives: Bakasetas and Mantalos over Lazaros and Fetfatzidis, Karnezis excluded. Key injuries: Retsos (activated by Leverkusen but not yet in game shape after lengthy injury), Donis, Papadopoulos, Stafylidis. Note: Several notable talents left out in order for them to play in crucial U21 Euro Fixtures.
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    NT Coaches

    This is why when the team is in a fragile state, as it has been for a while, and even more so now with a new coach and injuries to key players, it is paramount to field our best players, attack our opponents and achieve a positive result. IMO weak decisions by our new manager.
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    NT Coaches

    Yes it was Estonia. My point was not that we got unlucky injuries, but, rather, seeing that we only had a limited number of A-team players at our disposal due to those injuries, it was a mistake to leave out most of the few available, and approach this game as if it were some friendly.
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    NT Coaches

    Guys, I put a considerable amount of blame for this loss on Ange A. He took this game vs Estonia for granted and approached it like a friendly. It wasn't enough that the team was absolutely ravaged by injuries going into yesterday's match, but he decided to sit players like Vlachodimos, Fortounis, Torosidis, Koutris and Pelkas, suddenly send our only in-form striker in Koulouris down to play with the U21s, and, barring Sokratis and maybe Zeca, start our B/C team. No, luck did not go our way whatsoever, but the decisions made by Ange leading up to this match, and the consequences of this pitiful loss, may realistically set Greece back years.
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