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Everything posted by Bananas

  1. PAS Lamia 1964 2017-18 Season in SL

    Lamia have done well against both Olympiakos and AEK. Made them both sweat. Can hold their head up high and if they keep this up will have no problem staying in the top division.
  2. Other Teams/Leagues Discussion

    CL money is part of the problem. The part I think is more detrimental is how teams in the EU can have as many players as they want that are EU nationals. I'd prefer if there was a limit like they do in Turkey. But that would never happen. The big boys would squeal.
  3. Other Teams/Leagues Discussion

    I would've preferred we had Henrique. Maybe he could've scored on the weekend against Apollon Smyrnis. Lord knows we needed some firepower and someone that could take players on, one vs one. That is one thing Henrique is good at.
  4. Yiankos, any team with a weakness is exposed, and rightfully so. In our case our midfield is poor. The defense also but right now the midfield is the bigger problem. The quality is there on paper, but on paper only. Canas, Cimirot, Shakhov, El Khaddouri, Mauricio, Biseswar all not performing to their full ability. Whether it's poor form, poor fitness, whatever, doesn't matter. The fact is there is no midfield at the moment and until these players are fit and in form, we will continue to struggle. Nevertheless, I think we all still expect a win in Toumba. After all, in Toumba we are lions. In Athens, we are kittens.
  5. One thing that is indefensible is so many players in the squad that appear to not be fit.
  6. Too hard to judge Lucescu just yet. Remember, Ivic started off slow as well. The two away games so far in the GSL are par for the course. The players need to do their job also and put the ball in the net. It's not like we didn't have the run of the play and didn't have enough opportunities to score. Sure we could be playing better but there's enough quality/chances there to finish off games. The HUGE fail was definitely EL but again, how much was Lucescu's fault and how much was the players and the administration ? I am not sold on Lucescu but it's too hard to judge him just yet. If people think any manager can come in and just turn this team around (remember how poor we were in the play-offs), they are dreaming. Let's see what the next month or two brings ... if he lasts the long ha ha.
  7. We qualify for EL most years and still we get results like this EVERY year. It has nothing to do with EL. It has to do with DRIVE and WILL to win. The only thing these players are good for is saying "I've come to PAOK to win the title" when they first sign, and they are also very good at saying "sorry" when they get a bad result. You do get results like this from time to time, you can't always win. But with PAOK it's not sometimes, it's often.
  8. I'd have been surprised if we did win. We have never done well away from home. Just lack that killer instinct. Don't really know if he's any good or not. He might be a great manager but he's only been in the role for a month or so and didn't have a proper pre season which didn't help. His substitutions do seem a bit off but we don't know what's happening at the training and if he's doing this to try and get players some match fitness. Or he may be terrible, who the hell knows at this stage. What I do know is that this squad could have any manager, really, and should be winning these sorts of games 3-0.
  9. Important game to win. Olympiacos dropped a lot of points last season. I don't think they'll be so generous this year. If we want to challenge we need to start winning in Athens.
  10. PAS Lamia 1964 2017-18 Season in SL

    Congratulations! May you have lots of victories (except against PAOK).
  11. PAE PAOK General News & Discussion

    Interesting article in so far as it shows how much wages we are paying. http://www.sport24.gr/football/omades/Paok/pio-pshlos-pio-wrimos-pio-akrivos.4838917.html 15 million in wages. Add the 40% tax and it's 21 million.
  12. Ha ha ha. Yes it is unusual ... but I like it. Their form has been poor so far this season. It's like you said there are 8 players fighting for 3 positions. Still you'd think they would at least have made the bench.
  13. Former PAOK Players/Coaches

    Sfaliares from those big mits of his, ha ha.
  14. Stay safe Yiankos. You can't let anything happen to you before we win a title.
  15. Other Teams/Leagues Discussion

    There is. They didn't win. Hence you look for any and every decision that didn't go your way. Mind you PAOK, AEK and PAO are the same. Big bunch of cry babies all of them. Do you see that in other countries ? I see BIG mistakes ALL THE TIME in other countries. But they get over it and move on. In Greece, it has to be a conspiracy. M-A-L-A-K-I-E-S.
  16. Transfer News and Rumors - Summer 2017

    I personally think it's not true, but if any club is capable of making stupid decisions, it's ours. I remember Ivic saying last season that he considered Biseswar in the top 3 players in the GSL, and rightfully so. If in some alternate universe we do sell him, I'll be stunned.
  17. Transfer News and Rumors - Summer 2017

    Article on inpaok http://inpaok.com/378864/κοντά-στην-γκεντσλερμπιρλιγκί-ο-μπίσ/ about Biseswar. Hopefullly it's just the media making up fables because they have nothing else to report on.
  18. Current PAOK Roster - Latest Signings

    3-5-2 makes no sense to me in the GSL. You're playing without wingers and flooding the spine of the pitch. To break down the parked bus of most GSL teams you need to stretch defences and get in behind them. In Europe against stronger opposition, it's a different story. It's played a lot in Italy but those midfielders RUN and get forward to help the attackers. 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 make more sense. 4-3-3 for those games where the opposition midfield can overrun us. That's why Ivic played 4-3-3 in the Cup Final. Because in the previous league game in Athens their midfield completely dominated. I am interested to see how good (or bad) Mauricio is. We know that with Canas or Cimirot they need help sometimes to contain the opposition. If Mauricio can dominate in the middle, we could even see a lineup (against weaker teams) of Mauricio as the 6, El Khaddouri as the 8 and Biseswar as the 10. If Zambrano and Mauricio can lock down the opposition from getting into the box, it'll give the team a whole lot more freedom in attack. As a side note, Koulouris is 5 classes below Prijovic. We need to sign a better striker. I'm sure Michel knows this.
  19. Transfer News and Rumors - Summer 2017

    Loaning Henrique was a vlakia. It's not like the club couldn't afford his wages given the wages for the new players just signed. Along with Mak and Campos, he is the only other proper winger we have. Vieirinha can probably play it, but can he still do what he used to be able to ? Did people not see the goal Henrique scored in the EL qualifier ? It was explosive. Or the assist he gave Prijovic against Olympiakos last season ? He is criticized for not defending but that's not him. If you're going to play him you have to left him just be an attacker. He has the x factor where out of nowhere he can make something happen. Would've been nice to have him as an option off the bench.
  20. Transfer News and Rumors - Summer 2017

    Assuming we sign Zambrano, we essentially have a new spine. Rey as GK looks like for the first time in over 10 years we've signed a quality keeper. Zambrano as CB should give us some steel in the back line. You have to wonder how good Rubin Kazan's CB's are if they don't even want Zambrano as a backup. Mauricio as CDM and El Khaddouri as the the CM.. Is that correct ? Or was EK bought to be a number 10 sometimes ? Lots of permutations in the middle with Canas, Cimirot, Shakhov, Kace, Biseswar. If Zambrano, Mauricio and El Khaddouri are as good as the hype, the squad is looking good. In theory they are one level up on the best we have now. I think one thing we haven't considered (hopefully Lucescu does) is that Matos played often as a LB in Ukraine. So if the piss poor form of Leovac continues, I'd be inclined to play Vieirinha as RB and Matos as LB. Again, lots of permutations with Vieirinha. This isn't the Bundesliga and there is every chance he could be played further up the pitch, possibly even centrally sometimes. I still wish we hung onto Henrique. If you're the opposition and you have to worry about marking Prijovic, Mak, Vierinha, Matos, Biseswar, El Khaddouri and then you see Henrique warming up on the bench, you'd be thinking ... give me a break.
  21. Former PAOK Players/Coaches

    Tzandaris has signed for PAO. Apparently this signing was accompanied with little fan fare. Hopefully the kid gets some game time and gets back to at least something of what he was at PAOK. I still can't believe he left us for Olympiacos when you consider the fact that with us he was guaranteed lots of game time (at the time he was a starter most weeks). It's decisions like this that ruin careers. Ego is not a dirty word...
  22. Transfer News and Rumors - Summer 2017

    Ouch that hurts.
  23. Transfer News and Rumors - Summer 2017

    God damn Matos has a good header on him. Honestly, he'd scored a lot more goals than most in the PAOK squad.
  24. Transfer News and Rumors - Summer 2017

    Because his finishing is so good, ha ha.
  25. Transfer News and Rumors - Summer 2017

    If we get Zambrano then we're really just lacking a proper backup striker for Prijovic.