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  1. Greece travel next to Nicosia to play Cyprus away on 7 October 2017 needing a win & hope that Bosnia & Herzegovina don't win at home to Belgium.
  2. GREECE - BELGIUM WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION UEFA - 3 SEPTEMBER 2017 World Cup Qualification UEFA match between Greece and Belgium starts at 20:45 on 3 September 2017. http://www.eurosport.com/football/world-cup-qualification-uefa/2018/greece-belgium_mtc802222/live.shtml
  3. Greece can only come out with the same intensity as in their last match against Belgium where although they lost, played very well & could of easily won if the luck didn't go against them. The rest ain't in their hands but with a bit of fortune could go it's way. In my opinion Belgium will thump Bosnia whom remember are playing without supporters & in most of the other groups the 2nd & 3rd place teams play each other.
  4. Greece not qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2016 finals tournament in France could work in their favor in qualification for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. The players get a proper off-season break. Complacency will not creep into the squad after being brought back down to earth in Euro 2016 qualifying.
  5. Donis will trouble most defenses but isn't a 15-20 goals a season player that will be much more valuable playing together with Mitroglou rather than having the defenders put most of their attention on him. I'm confident Greece will get the results against Cyprus away & Gibraltar at home but let's just hope Bosnia don't win both of their matches.
  6. I don't believe Donis would be as affective in the number 9 strikers position as he is when used in the 2nd forward/winger roll similar to what Karelis or Salpingidis used to play. Greece have to be very tight defensively at the back & in the midfield & hope for a goal or two by I don't whom if Mitroglou is out. Stafylidis cracker from a distance because I reckon Kyriakos Pap would have more or a chance scoring than Vellios or Diamantakos at the moment if he was given the strikers duty. One positive for Greece is that Belgium only know one way to play & that is direct & attack, attack, attack which means at some stage(s) Greece will get chances to score on the counter attack.
  7. In Friday’s qualifier against Bosnia, Greece international Sokratis Papastathopoulos picked up a yellow card in the first half (foul on Dzeko) and will be suspended for Greece’s next qualifier again Estonia. Greece will host Estonia at the Karaiskakis stadium on August 31st for matchday seven of World Cup qualifying. Although Papastathopoulos’ absence is a big blow to the Greek defense, good news is that Kyriakos Papadopoulos will return to the team after serving a two-game suspension for his straight red card in November’s fixture against Bosnia. Papadopoulos will likely replace Sokratis in Greece’s backline for the fixture against Estonia. With Sokratis set to serve his suspension against Estonia, he will be available for Greece's important game against Belgium four days later.
  8. Panagiotis Retsos - Bayer 04 Leverkusen

    Greece has built a reputation of producing world class defenders, ever since Euro 2004. Lucky to have Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Kostas Manolas & now Panagiotos Retsos being part of Greece's national team & with their ages between 19 & 29 we should have a few more good years of all four available.
  9. Kostas Mitroglou - Olympique de Marseille

    As long as he can stay fit & healthy he will score goals in just about any league. Especially in the Ligue 1 where just like in the Portugese Primeira Liga it is more attack oriented.
  10. Orestis Karnezis - Watford F.c.

    He also owns Granada where Karnezis was on loan during the 2013/2014 Spanish La Liga season but now have been relegated down a division. Hopefully Karnezis can get a decent amount of matches under his belt at Watford & most probably get a permanent contract if he helps then stay in the EPL. It's not going to be easy with Gomez being a regular part of the team in the last couple of seasons.
  11. Lack of world class strikers. Without Kostas Mitroglou Greece have nothing up front. Seriously 0-0 at home to a team like Estonia whom Belgium thumped 8-1 & Bosnia & Herzegovina 5-0. Theofanis Gekas used to fill the position when Mitroglou was injured & although missed many chances always had a great goal ratio at club or international level because he was hungry for goals & would get into goal scoring positions. Now we have s****!
  12. With this match against Estonia so close to the match against Belgium you will probably find that Greece will need to use a different midfield or formation for each match. Samaris might be used as a 2nd half substitute against Estonia & have him fresh & ready for a huge battle in the midfield against Belgium.
  13. I like Red Sheriff's team if Mitroglou & Torosidis are definitely unavailable for the Estonia match. Without a traditional number 9 like Mitroglou having four players with a lethal shot from outside the the penalty area like Tzavellas, Stafylidis, Bouchalakis & Fortounis would be a very good option against a team that will be very defensive around the area.
  14. Below is the entire 27 man squad called up for the two matches against Estonia and Belgium: Goalkeepers: Giannis Anestis (AEK), Stefanos Kapino (Olympiacos), Orestis Karnezis (Udinese) Defenders: Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (B. Dortmund), Kostas Manolas (Roma), Panagiotis Retsos (Olympiacos), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg), Kostas Stafylidis (Augsburg), Babis Lykogiannis (Sturm Graz), Giorgos Tzavellas (Alanyaspor) Midfielders: Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Olympiacos), Andreas Samaris (Benfica), Giannis Maniatis (Alyanspor), Alexandros Tziolis (Al-Fayha), Carlos Zeca (Panathinaikos), Manolis Siopis (Olympiacos), Dimitris Kourbelis (Panathinaikos), Kostas Fortounis (Olympiacos), Petros Mantalos (AEK), Giannis Gianniotas (Real Valladolid), Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest) Forwards: Dimitris Diamantakos (Karlsruhe), Kostas Mitroglou (Benfica), Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest), Tasos Bakasetas (AEK), Tasos Donis (VfB Stuttgart)
  15. SKIBBE MIXES OLD AND NEW IN LATEST GREEK SQUAD Michael Skibbe announced his squad this week for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Belgium. The Ethniki boss selected 27 players into the Greek camp this week springing a couple of surprises with his call-ups. For the most part Skibbe has relied on familiar faces as the bulk of the squad is similar to other ones he has used in the qualification process. However, there are first-time call-ups for Andreas Bouchalakis and Giannis Anestis. Skibbe continues on with his policy of bringing in new faces who are in form. Panagiotis Tachtsidis and Tasos Bakasetas are included in the squad despite missing most of their club’s preseason due to injury. The main concern of Greek supporters has centered around the injury of Kostas Mitroglou. The Benfica striker has been sidelined for the last couple weeks, but has been included in the squad though he is set to miss the Estonia match. Mitroglou is expected to play against Belgium, either from the start or as a substitute. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is in the squad, though suspension will keep him out of the Estonia qualifier. Below is the entire squad called up for the two matches against Estonia and Belgium: Goalkeepers: Giannis Anestis (AEK), Stefanos Kapino (Olympiacos), Orestis Karnezis (Udinese) Defenders: Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (B. Dortmund), Kostas Manolas (Roma), Panagiotis Retsos (Olympiacos), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg), Kostas Stafylidis (Augsburg), Babis Lykogiannis (Sturm Graz), Giorgos Tzavellas (Alanyaspor) Midfielders: Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Olympiacos), Andreas Samaris (Benfica), Giannis Maniatis (Alyanspor), Alexandros Tziolis (Al-Fayha), Carlos Zeca (Panathinaikos), Manolis Siopis (Olympiacos), Dimitris Kourbelis (Panathinaikos), Kostas Fortounis (Olympiacos), Petros Mantalos (AEK), Giannis Gianniotas (Real Valladolid), Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest) Forwards: Dimitris Diamantakos (Karlsruhe), Kostas Mitroglou (Benfica), Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest), Tasos Bakasetas (AEK), Tasos Donis (VfB Stuttgart)
  16. Torosidis & Sokratis both came off late in the 1st half in their respective matches in overnight action for their club sides.
  17. SKIBBE SET FOR BIG DECISIONS AHEAD OF BOSNIA MATCH The Greek National Team’s crucial match against Bosnia and Herzegovina in European Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is fast approaching. The away qualifier, to be played at the Bilino Polje Stadium in Zenica on June 9th, is a vital match that could go a long way in determining Greece’s chances for a place at Russia 2018. In the coming weeks, Ethniki boss Michael Skibbe will announce the squad for that crucial qualifier. And Skibbe will have some big decisions to make as five players will miss the match against the Bosnians. Andreas Samaris, Giorgos Tzavellas, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, and Panagiotis Tachtsidis are all ruled out due to suspension, with Samaris having accumulated yellows while Tzavellas and Tachtsidis were both sent off in the team’s last qualifier against Belgium. Kyriakos Papadopoulos will be serving his final match suspension for his actions against Bosnia in Greece. Also absent from the team will be long-term injury victim Nikos Karelis. Skibbe is widely reported to be interested in calling up left-back Babis Lykogiannis for the first time. The Sturm Graz player has impressed with his performances as of late putting himself in the frame for a call-up to the senior team after having represented Greece at youth level. Another player to have represented Greece’s younger national teams is also in line for a first call-up. Panathinaikos’ Dimitris Kourbelis could be selected as a back-up defensive midfielder. It’s a big question whether Skibbe will call up Kourbelis and also keep faith in the young talent that were drafted into the squad recently. The smart money is that the German manager will hold onto the likes of Thanasis Androutsos and bring in Kourbelis and Giorgos Manthatis. It wouldn’t exactly be called a youth revolution, however it would a clear sign that Skibbe values what young Greek talent can bring to the table. Goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis is set for a return to the team meaning that more than likely Dimitris Kyriakidis will be dropped from the squad. There could be some more surprises depending on injuries, however for now the squad is expected comprise of the players that were selected for the Belgium match. Below is the predicted squad for the match against Bosnia: Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis, Stefanos Kapino, Panagiotis Glykos Defenders: Kostas Manolas, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Vasilis Torosidis, Marios Oikonomou, Kostas Stafylidis, Babis Lykogiannis Midfielders: Zeca, Manolis Siopis, Kostas Fortounis, Giannis Maniatis, Petros Mantalos, Alexandros Tziolis, Thanasis Androutsos, Dimitris Kourbelis Forwards: Kostas Mitroglou, Giorgos Manthatis, Dimitris Diamantakos, Apostolos Vellios, Giannis Gianniotas, Tasos Bakasetas
  18. Other Greeks Abroad

    I was surprised how many Greeks are currently playing their club football in Turkey. Except for Giannis Maniatis & Georgios Tzavellas playing in the Turkish Super Lig with Alanyaspor there are at least four more playing in the league below TFF 1. Lig Georgios Samaras- Samsunspor Andreas Tatos- Elazigspor Andreas Vasilogiannis- Umraniyespor Panagiotis Dimitriadis (Swedish-Greek)- Giresunspor
  19. Karnezis, Stafylidis, Samaris Tachtsidis, Mitroglou were all not even on the bench for their clubs in weekend domestic league action.
  20. Orestis Karnezis - Watford F.c.

    Karnezis wasn't in Udinese's squad for the opening Serie A match of the 2017/2018 season?????
  21. Any news on how long Mitroglou is out injured for? Will he be ok for this WCQ on 31 August?
  22. Thanasis Papazoglou whom has scored 5 goals from 20 appearances at K.V. Kortrijk so far let his team down with a straight red card in the 25th minute against Club Brugge which ended in a 1-4 home loss. Michalis Sifakis remained on the bench & yet to make a league appearance for K.V. Kortrijk.
  23. Andreas Bouchalakis - Nottingham Forest

    https://www.google.com.au/amp/www.nottinghampost.com/sport/football/match-reports/brilliant-brace-bouchalakis-sees-nottingham-317324.amp His 1st goal giving Forest a 1-2 lead https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F1ivB2NjcOs&feature=share His 2nd goal making it 1-3 lead https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=8QVILrEAuE0
  24. Andreas Bouchalakis made his English League Championship debut for Nottingham Forest away to Brentford with two brilliant goals to help Forest win 3-4.
  25. Andreas Bouchalakis - Nottingham Forest

    I've been predicting for a while now that Andreas Bouchalakis will become a regular national team playing member from when I first saw him play for Olympiakos in a pre-season tournament in Canada or the USA against AC Milan, Man City & one other great team. For such a young man he showed so much composure on the ball & thunderbolt of a shot with both feet, especially his left foot.
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