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  1. Rockafeller Skank

    NT Friendly Games

    Tachtsidis lack of talent aint a problem. His vision for through balls and his tower body would make him a decent regista at 6. A creative defensive midfielder. His laziness is the problem. He could be the new Katsouranis if he wanted but he forgot how to run and at his 27 looks like Katsourani at his 33. If a team can trust him and revive him by training him with ergometrics and running with proper breathing Samaris - Tacthsidis Zeka in a 4-3-3 compliments well. Samaris is a mobile defensive midfielder and Zeka is a pace baby who never quits and can help in transition. Tachtsidis is a toweri n the midfield winning high balls and his transition game is lit as f*ck. 3-4 years ago I'd tell you we got a hell of a midfield and with Mitroglou and this defence we re looking to close the gap between us and the big teams. Right now I am just hoping someone else gets produced like Galanopoulos Siopis or I can't see any hope.
  2. So you were okay with starting 9 newbies in all other 9 positions but not in the CBs ? That's a Clown Argument. Those 2 weren't the reason we lost. Giannoulis who had a full season with Atromitos made a weird challenge. He could literally outpace the guy and defend from front. Risvanis also f*cked up big time at the first goal I think? As for Tachtsidis and Tziolis I agree with you but since I do not see a clear solution to "when they gonna get out of the NT" Im honestly bored of spamming that I want them out. Hopefully Skibbe dethrones Tziolis.
  3. Most of you are acting like Malakes to be fair. You ve been begging Skibbe to take your favorite wonderkid from Greek Super League and when he took them all and put them in a starting 11 telling them to play ball against the worst side of the WC and they were on par with them (score not related) you re crying that Skibbe f*cked up again? Does that make any sense? If they played well and won 1-0 2-0 2-1 you would be in this forum saying "See stupid Skibbe ? I said so , (Player Named Xfrom SuperLeague) is a lot better than (Player selected by Skibbe in the campaign) and he should be used more." Get over it we re right now aiming to be in the 24 teams of the Euro It's not that much difficult when you see the likes of Albania, Hungary , and Ireland qualifying for the last edition. We re gonna need a few years (or a lot) to be back to World Cup R-16 material.
  4. Agreed but te rest of their squad was just starters.
  5. I honestly do not understand the fuss. Last 3 friendlies I saw a very decent team defensively. 2-0 defeat to Saudi Arabia was forced. A meme if you like. So that they give a feeling that teams tha qualified to the WC are worthy of doing so. You re in a friendly , already losing 1-0 and that ref decides to give a straight red. In my opinion ? It wasn't a red, hard decision though but it wasn't a foul either. By giving a red card to a team you re doing harm to both of them. Saudi Arabia wanted to test stuff pre World Cup and they didn't get the chance to because they played against a team with one less player. We had 2 woodworks and their keeper did a splendid save if I remember. Overally we literally played our C and D teams if you exclude Pelkas and Bakakis I think. Even with 10 men we were actually looking even with that trash team. As for the Previous friendlies. Vs Egypt we weren't even threatened and Switzerland match should ve been a draw based on chances. They were playing their A side , as were we. My concern for the upcomming Nations League (which btw is pretty fast - at least the Groupstage - starts September finishes November) is Finland. I think Hungary, despite going to the Euros are done. Finland seems to be having a great run the last couple of years and could cause trouble in the Group. Estonia will easily be a factor of the Winner since they dont sell their selves that much. Can't see them finish above last though. Any new about possible transfers? I really want to see Kourbelis Lambropoulos Pelkas Siopis and maybe some youngers like Lamprou , Masouras, Limnios , Koulouris get playtime and be tested abroad. Kourbelis and Pelkas seem the most possible for a transfer in a better team. Siopis could be too but he was injued half the season and maybe still is.
  6. Rockafeller Skank

    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    He was 18 man. And he had 3 seasons with 70 games with Kaiserlautern both in 1st and 2nd bundes. EDIT: As for his attitude I am actually on his favor. He is regarded as probably the best offensive Greek player right now and easily the best 10 in the Greek League, and Olympiakos instead of building around him just keeps selling and selling becoming a smaller club season by season, also refusing to sell Fortounis becuase he is their captain. I would stop being interested as well seeing that my ambitions do not combine with Olympiakos.
  7. Rockafeller Skank

    Transfer Talk

    Yeah that's what I said. He actually stopped being one once he moved to Paok where he got a more defensive role. By just creating one goal in a meaningless friendly against probably a defense far worse than even Estonia doesn't prove much to me. With Aek Bakakis is good but he won't have the career of Toro sadly. He is far inferior to Torosidis at his 26. Toro offensive attributes are still very good but defensively hes mediocre. As long as the defensive mechanism of the team works very well, we can actually "sacrifice" the fullback to a more open role. This is why Stafylidis and Tzavellas fit the team. Stafylidis is a more offensive style player while Tzavellas has tsampouka and prioritizes his defence. Based on who we play Skibbe has used both. Lykogiannis is also a bit more offensively minded. We ll be fine in LB . RB is an issue but we ll make do. The pain is as I said elsewhere.
  8. Rockafeller Skank

    Transfer Talk

    We are honestly not missing a defensive midfielder who can't create in the NT. We got Zeka for that. We really need a winger to come out (Limnios, Lamprou, Masouras) and step up his game as well as Fortounis and Pelkas transfering to more competitive leagues to step up their game as well. Highly possible that both of our AMs will wave goodbye to the GSL since they both have had excellent seasons as well as more than a handful of teams asking for em. A box to box like karagounis is also somethign we lack and neither Siopis nor Galanopoulos or Kourbelis are it. For those unfamiliar with the term: a box to box midfielder is someone who can take the ball from the defense, and carry/hold it past opposission so that the offensive players are all positioned better to receive and create a chance. Unironically the only midfielder we have active or upcomming for the NT right now who is (was actually) a box to box is Tziolis. At the beginning of his career at PAO/Panionios you will see him keep ball and help offensively a lot. Makes you wonder doesn;t it? Our defensive mechanism works fine for now. Torosidis will soon be a huge loss but we will still find someone who is as good as he is defensively. His aggressive attacking full-back attributes are the ones that will be missed.
  9. Rockafeller Skank

    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    His replacements I mentioned from the Greek League are having bigger impact in their respective team's gameplay. Lazaros really barely scores.
  10. Rockafeller Skank

    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    I see no reason why Lazaros should be anywhere close in the NT. The next big tournament is in 2020 with him being 33 then. No point to bring someone in who will end up possibly creating a huge gap once he retires. Our attacking mids/wingers should be noone else ther than Pelkas Fortounis Donis Mantalos for now, Lazaros Lamprou Masouras and Limnios are the only greek wingers who are getting a decent amount of playtime. Everyone has been talking about Pelkas statistics . 9 goals and 9 assits in 29 matches and 1,800 minutes of playtime. But Lamprou with 8 goals and 5 assists in 31 matches/2100 minutes with a much weaker team probably ain't nothing either. Limnios is having a poor season but the fact that paok decided to keep him and he has been a regular sub I have huge hopes for him coz I ve seen him play last season. Masouras is already 24 he has never been a statistics beast but he s been having some crucial goals. Overal honestly if none of these guys (Lamprou, Limnios, Masouras) make the big stepup. We ll be looking at false hopes.
  11. Rockafeller Skank

    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    I do not get all the fuss about some players of Atromitos /Asteras and I think your memory is not decent at all lads. Superleague is overall weakened. That is obvious from the European results. Teams like Atromitos and Panionios have obviously stepped up their game but the League is weakened. Honestly apart from Siopis, Pelkas , Paschalakis and Lamprou/Masouras I find noone else who should even be looked into from the GSL currently to become a regural pick of the NT. Limnios and Douvikas too young for now. The rest are already fully developed and past their peak. Many promising CB but honestly why bother? Sokratis Manolas Retsos Mavropanos Kyriakos will all be above them in preference. Friendlies line up that I would love: Paschalakis Bakakis Hatzidiakos Mavropanos Tsimikas Siopis Galanopoulos Masouras Pelkas Lamprou Mitroglou/Karelis
  12. Rockafeller Skank

    Who Will Replace Mitroglou After He Retires?

    Don't tell me now Bakasetas is good because he played 1 match. C'mon. Guy seems clueless most of the time with the NT. Doesn't have a killer dribble, a killer shot , lots of football intelligence and vision like Tachtsidis. He has nothing compared to Mantalos Fortounis Donis even Lamprou and Masouras seem better options than him. I - the no 1 hater of Fetfatzidis the fat dwarf - would even put him above Bakasetas in the preference. He needs to work hard because his team is full of offenders. He just had a good season with Asteras probably to move to a better team and that was it for him.
  13. Rockafeller Skank

    Transfer Talk

    Mavropanos has been with Pas Giannina since 2016 and he had limited to none playtime last season. Olympiakos couldn't have checked him out when he was on the bench all the time. Olympiakos in fact DID move for him and there were papers saying he is moving to Olympiakos but I'm pretty sure 2 million for a 20yo centerback when you already paid 7mill for Engels was a no go for Olympiakos. For Arsenal instead 2 million is like those transfers Olympiakos makes from village teams for 300-500 thousands. Since Wegner depsite being a tactical meme, Wegner has actually developed lots of players who came in the team at such age and who currently play all over Premier League. However I would not even try to compare Mavropanos with Hatzidiakos and Nikolaou. We all remember non Olympiakos saying Manolas is not very good and that Siovas injury was a killer for the Greek NT before the Mundial. Look at Manolas now. We also all remember Kyriakos Papadopoulos expecting him to be an elite sooner or later and look at him now again. He has surpassed his injury problems due to some good Greek Physio teams (read an article about it about how he was "reborn") but his playstyle became sloppy. We don't know what's gonna happen in 2-3 years. And trying to predict it in an anonymous forum is honestly a waste of time. There are too many factors that need to be taken into consideration. Playtime, injuries, player's lust, player's hard work, coach relationship, even lucky circumstances. Our defence with players all over he good leagues in good ages seems settled for at least another 10 years. The problem lies elsewhere.
  14. Rockafeller Skank

    Who Will Replace Mitroglou After He Retires?

    Nah Koutris currently is very bad defensively. His offensive attributes are splendid though which I suppose means with a proper coach( not the circus my team Olympiakos is under currently) and with maturity comming with the years could be a decent LB. The reason I picked Kitsiou instead of Koutris? Lol maybe coz Kitsiou is a Right back and I think we can't get away with it by having 2 Left Backs against a decent opposition. Meme teams like Liechtenstein, even the likes of Romania, we can probably handle a badly footed LB in the RB position but I think there will come a time when we need to play with the likes of a Belgium or England :) at least let's have a player who knows the position.
  15. Rockafeller Skank

    Transfer Talk

    I can't see a reason why Paok would leave his captain go with huge chances of winning a championship. Summer maybe but right now neither Aek nor Oly or Paok would even consider letting a starter/key sub player go.
  16. Rockafeller Skank

    Who Will Replace Mitroglou After He Retires?

    No. Papadopoulos has downgraded a lot. His movements and defensive "solutions" are not trustworthy and it was easily noticable by the other defensive players in the first Croatia game. Sokratis was yelling at him all the time. Papadopoulos is a solid back up and nothing more for a team that wishes to qualify for big tournaments. For 3 Centerbacks, go for Retsos and hope/see how Hatzidiakos and this Mavropanos kid develop. Stafylidis LWB we re set for quite some years. I think he has a career ahead of him and can probably be a star in a mediocre big League team. Fiorentina is interested in him and I think Augsburg is unfair to him becz he wanted a transfer in the summer. Unlucky in my opinion coz the Augsburg Left Back German kid is also performing a lot currently. We ve seen others step up out of backtracks in their career and I believe he has the lust to do so. Karnezis is a good keeper but if until our next official matches he gets minimum to none playtime i'd rather have the Paok Paschalakis dude or Anestis. Noone else right now worthy but a lot of things can change till the next time. Kapino by many of my friends who are well aware of their sayings is considered a Ευρωπαικων Προδιαγραφών με καριέρα μπροστά του keeper. Gianniotis also decent but hasn't been tested outside Greece. I will not say anything about the Keeper coz as I said we have a lot of time till our next matches. Torosidis Right Back is a mistake. He has no more than 2 years for him. Either put a LB (because we have quite a few) with a left foot of I dont know. Put Papadopoulos there and just attack from the Left? Depends on the opponent I suppose. Torosidis needs to start but we definately want a few players to try and "steal" his spot. Kitsiou is the one who comes to mind although not so young Kourbelis definately an upgrade from anyone used. Tall guy and has some mobility. Not much of a pacey dude but definately mroe movable than Tziolis. Tziolis had a secure a safe pass I agree but I don't think that's enough to hold the midfield with such a lack of mobility. I would go for something like this in the friendlies Kapino Retsos Sokratis Manolas Kitsiou - Kourbelis - Siopis - Stafylidis Fortounis Karelis - Donis Charisis definatley needs to be checked. Galanopoulos and Overall After so many months I still stand my ground. Skibbe did not make so many "criminal" mistakes as people consider him to have done. We ve never really had 3 above decent strikers since 2004 in our expense so not fielding 2 of them for some "not his position" winger seems awkward to me. This even plays to our strengths because it's quite the defensive scheme imho.
  17. Rockafeller Skank

    Transfer Talk

    http://www.corrieredellosport.it/news/stadio/calciomercato/2018/01/04-36486811/calciomercato_fiorentina_il_greco_stafylidis_per_la_fascia_sinistra/ Ι ve been seeing this about Stafylidis and Fiorentina for 6 days. I only found 1 Greek article on 6/1/2018 and after that nothing. Hopefully he ends up going in Italy and be loaned in some other Italian team because he desperately needs a few minutes. His lack of gameplay was visible in the last few games of the NT. He still is however, the best we got in a 4-2-3-1
  18. Rockafeller Skank

    Kostas Mitroglou ‒ Olympique de Marseille

    I dont know why the whole fuss about him from the fans. It's not his fault he is static. The Marseille ownership failed miserably in his situation by buying a static φορ περιοχής που λέμε και στο χωριό μου while the whole last season and preseason was with Germaine and Njie who are both the type of striker that can run for a ball in space. Whole team doesn't know how to play with him, it;s not only him not producing for f*ck sake. These are the things that will make his confidence fall with the fans and his teammates mumbling about him. We knew he finds it difficult to adapt (Fuhlam/Benfica) It took him time to settle in Benfica if any1 remembers. But waiting to buy a player who misses the whole preseason and ends up doing nothing should not be a surprise for them. I think he ll be given his chances maybe next season or maybe after January trainings. EDIT: about the teammate backstabing him and saying bad things about Mitroglou they re all literally whos. Their team is not as good as they/we thought and they re looking for the easy excuse. From the current Roster only 2 players have appeared in a World Cup. One is Mandanda in 2010 when France didn't make it past the Groupstages( he didn't EVEN play 1 min) and the other one was Luiz Gustavo who was eating sh!t from the Brazilians for the mediocre to bad performances in the WC 2014. Calling a World Cup attender who has won so many titles with Benfica ( I know I know , Portugal has no team like PSG but cmon Marseille arent even finishing 2nd or 3rd) a bad quality player is literally unthinkable.
  19. Rockafeller Skank

    Who Will Replace Mitroglou After He Retires?

    16 in 58 for Mitroglou to be exact Based on the other top scorers for the Greek NT, he actually is eye popping 3rd.Gekas 24 in 74 matches 2nd.Charisteas 25 in 88 matches 1st.Anastopoulos 29 in 78 matches I think he ll go 2nd in rati and surpass both Gekas and Charisteaso but he ll definately score more than Anastopoulos as well. But considering that football has changed in thecurrent era and defence is a lot more organized than it was 35 years ago, I'd say he s much better. He needs 8 goals in 16 matches to surpass Gekas' goals / matches ratio . He needs 9 goals in 20 matches to go past Charisteas or he needs 13 in 20 matches to surpass Anastopoulos. They dont really sound very hard knowing in his next 20 matches he ll face teams from Pot 6 and pot 5 4 times in total. The playstyle of the NT however is hurting our strikers. If a goal comes from a corner the team will try to just defend the 1-0 lead and it doesn't allow the strikers easily to finish the match. Of course that had been an issue since 2002.
  20. Rockafeller Skank

    Pantelis Hatzidiakos ‒ AZ Alkmaar

    18 million now is probably the price of Sokratis back then when goign to Milan or Werder. Mbappe and Neymar reaching 200+ mill but Honest opinion, they re not even gonna be close to what Ronaldo is. The money are nothing currently. Teams are spending too much. He sure looks like he ll be an elite CB though.
  21. Rockafeller Skank

    Who Will Replace Mitroglou After He Retires?

    Karelis is a very talented striker and if you look at his stats they might actually be on par withMitroglou ones when he was playing in the Greek League. Playing for a far worse than Oly team and 83 appearances with 29 goals alongside Berg while Oly was playing with 1 striker. No wonder he got a good move in Belgium. Genk I do not really rate that league much more than the Greek one but it sure has more quality in the 2nd->5th positions than the Greek League does. The other teams are the typical Greek Village teams. I think Karelis finding form right now is a top priority and that Karelis alongside Donis will have us "set" for good. They re nothing close to Mitroglou but In my opinion they re mobile which can change the way the team plays. Fast game with through balls. I think if we qualify for Euro we have a chance of doing great there. The close future seems nice with our core of players still being active and in decent age and promising 19-21 youths existing. I don't remember in the close past so many younglings like the ones abroad and the ones in Oly, Aek , Paok existing. Add the fact that there is interest from good leagues in players of Astears,Atromitos,Panionios,Pas Giannina. The future does seem bright. However they do tend to disappoint. EDIT: By the way the younglings im talking about are Retsos,Donis from abroad and Galanopoulos, Kourbelis(well not so youngling but sure doing great in a dead team), Pelkas,Lamprou,Douvikas,Siopis. All these players are under 24 and most of them are in positions we re hurt, Central midfielders, defensice midfielders, and wingers - Douvikas mostly plays on the wings. There are other players under 24 too who im not mentioning but im mostly talking about players that heven't settled yet with the NT. I do not believe Retsos and Donis havent settled yet either, despite making cameos in the previous campaign's 2nd half.
  22. Rockafeller Skank

    Pantelis Hatzidiakos ‒ AZ Alkmaar

    He ll probably be a regular call up soon enough. Alkmaar are having their best season since they last joined the CL in 2010. They won the league then too. I do not rate the Netherlands League any more than the Greek one anymore. At least the top 10 teams we have in total are better than theirs. Ajax and Eindhoven are probably slightly better than Olympiakos , Aek , Paok but the rest teams are nothing very significant. Reminder that Ajagun was a regular when he was loaned there from Pao, and he was having like 30 minutes/month in the GSL. However, seeing players like Tsimikas and Hantzidiakos at this age be regulars in that league is probably good because big teams buy promising teens from this League like crazy. Reminder that Manolas first game with the NT was at the age of 22+ and Pantelis is still only 20. Sokratis was first called up at 20 and Retsos at 19 and I expect to Retsos nothing less than a similar career to Sokratis.
  23. Rockafeller Skank

    Transfer Talk

    Leeds is a good destination for Lykogiannis. Reminder that Stafylidis had a year in Championship as well where he picked interest from Bundesliga. I think for pacey physical players (and Lykogiannis is a decent physically fit fullback no matter what people in this forums say) Championship is great. Honestly right now I don't see any real Greek talent in positions we lack ( attacking midfielders- wingers) apart from Pelkas so Fortounis no matter where/if he plays will be a regular. Thank god the next official matches are in 2019. We have time to prep.
  24. Rockafeller Skank

    Transfer Talk

    The only possible transfers happening in January are Pao players. Olympiakos doesnt have the championship settled so I cant see anyone leaving like Fortounis or whoever. Also I suppose a few loanies might come back since some players didn't make any impact.
  25. Rockafeller Skank

    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    Ι agre that Skibbe takes a blame in this. But he should also take credit for taking a team that did one win in 10 games vs much easier opponents to making one that only lost 1 official. I also agree that we have much better midfielders but something tells me we have players who are not selected by Skibbe. As I said. Future looks promising. All top teams (have to include Panionios since its their 3rd year doing splendid) Pao , Aek , Panionios , Paok , Oly have a few players that are really worthy attention.
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