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    Giorgos Samaras ‒ Samsunspor

    He was injured for a long time. After that, he has not been the same. This is clear. His fitness level was always low I guess. This backfires after a while, even if you are by nature as big and strong as a horse. Samaras has been like this. Kyrgiakos too. Many African players are the same (or are they age cheats? Ifeanyi Udeze who played for PAOK, for example. Retired at 28 lol. Odiah, Taiwo, Onazi, Lukman Haruna, Yussuf, Obasi, Kaita, Martins etc. etc.) Look at Ibrahimovic: he has always been as big as a mountain but he always worked on himself physically and he scored many times in EPL and Ligue 1 well over 30! Samaras couldnt score more than FOUR times in the last four years if we count league games only. With more than sixty games under his belt. In mediocre championships like LaLiga2, 1. Lig, US Second League (dont know its name), Saudi Professional League (a league where Tziolis is a regular starter). These guys usually go to the dogs when they are over 29. Even great stars like Shevchenko, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Owen, to a lesser extent Kaka and F Torres, then Podolski, Schweinsteiger, Adriano, Mendieta, Kily González, Guardiola etc. etc. can go that way. Its not enough that youre talented. You can be even a great genius like Ronaldinho, if your physical form is average, your health and form will rapidly deteriorate over the age of 30. Supporters and journalists wont understand what happened. Why did the form of Torres/Shevchenko drop in a spectacular way after they had signed for Chelsea? Surely because of the club. ROTFL. Not because they were about 29 AND their physical form was very average. Oh no. They couldnt live only on their outstanding talents. Cristiano Ronaldo, however, is in outstanding form (physically) thats why he is so prolific at the highest level at the age of 33. Same goes for players like Lampard, Scholes, Giggs, Drogba, Van der Sar (okay he was a keeper), to a lesser extent David Villa, many Brazil players like Ze Roberto who retired at 42 etc. etc. The Greek versions of these footballers: Karagounis and Vyntra (outstanding physical state well over the age of 30, they have been never seriously injured etc.) vs. Kyrgiakos and Samaras (they fell off the radar after the age of 29).
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    Giorgos Samaras ‒ Samsunspor

    Samsunspor finished 16th out of 18 teams in the Turkish 1. Lig and they got thus relegated. He was released at the end of the season (alongside Sifakis). His performance: 25 games, 2 goals, 2 assists. Very mediocre.
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    Kyriakos Papadopoulos ‒ Hamburger SV

    Although Hamburg won in the last round, they were relegated from Bundesliga.
  4. He almost scored in the final versus Atlético Madrid. He was subbed on late for Germain, and in the 80th minute his header struck the post. He should have been introduced much earlier IMO, given that they were down 1-0 after twenty minutes and Mitroglou was the single center forward in the whole SQUAD!
  5. What I wanted to say now: these useless young F***heads made Saudi Arabia look like Brazil or Spain. Look at their second goal only. Some quality defending from Nikolaou, Risvanis and the rest. The whole game was like this. This is not a kindergarten, the best players should be called up. In a friendly game we should try viable options who are not in the starting XI but not these guys who are between 18 and 23.
  6. Defense was a disaster. Inexperienced young tits are not good enough for the NT. Playing reserves does not mean one should give an opportunity to every useless youth one sees. Matured quality players like Siovas or Marinos should have been called up! Skibbe went practically along with the "talented" players of our U-21 team. These guys like Risvanis, Nikolaou, Koulouris, Manias, Limnios, Galanopoulos are not ripe yet for the NT. I hope some of you guys are contented. Skibbe called up all useless cunts you always wanted: Androutsos, Manias, Limnios etc. etc. No Mavropanos, as some of you already mentioned. Perhaps after three or four years, some of these boys will be some use nut not now. Compare the 2014 Bakakis (23-y-o) with the Bakakis of the Egypt game (2018). Now he is a solid fullback, four years ago he was one of Ranieris countless mistakes. Pelkas and Mantalos were okay though, Bakasetas almost scored. But again, where was Koutris? Where were the more matured "Super" League players who could have been useful? Skibbe looks sometimes completely out of his depth.
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    General Gavros Discusion Topic

    Marinakis sent ALL members of current Oly squad on holiday after a 1-1 draw against Levadiakos: http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11314934/olympiakos-players-fined-and-sent-on-holiday-over-poor-results
  8. In fact we outplayed and outclassed Egypt. There is some hope for the future, lets hope our youngsters like Lykogiannis, Pelkas, Donis will keep developing and eventually will become truly great players like Fyssas, Basinas, Dellas, Karagounis.
  9. The attempts of Tziolis to imitate a deep-lying playmaker and especially to give long balls were laughable though. He is no Pirlo, not even a Katsouranis. That said, his performance was good today (yesterday).
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    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    Pelkas, Bakakis, Lykogiannis, Christodoulopoulos and Karelis should get call-ups in the future too. I guess Retsos will be always in the squad if he is available.
  11. Our B side was much better than the A team versus Switzerland. Pelkas, Bakakis, Karelis were really great, Tziolis and the keepers were great too, only the performance of Bakasetas was somewhat poor. A lot of chances and a great goal, lets hope some of the new players will continue to play for the Ethniki.
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    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    +1, Kone should have been called up instead of Bakasetas (very average player and no winger) or one of the likes of Koulouris/Kourbelis/Siopis etc. etc.
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    Giorgos Samaras ‒ Samsunspor

    He scored again on 11 March against Gaziantepspor but eventually they lost the game. See his goal from 1:29: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp2Df4rtQ7Q Last week his team finished 0-0 against Boluspor. Samaras played again 90 minutes but Sifakis was benched after he had made a mess of two crosses against Gaziantepspor and they conceded two goals.
  14. My God yes. I have quite forgotten it. I saw him during the game on the bench and I kept asking myself "Who is this? I saw him already but I cant remember his name". :)
  15. I think Skibbe has learned the "closed club" idea from Rehhagel (they met earlier I think) and Bakasetas is a member of his group of players who will be always there unless theyre injured. The idea in itself would be good but choosing Bakasetas to be a member of that group is really silly. That guy cannot play regularly for AEK (an average side at international level, or should I say Greek league is average?) even after the injury of Mantalos (they have one CAM less). Of course, such a choice shows his limits.