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    Jose Holebas ‒ Watford

    Looks like no chance of a return. I really don’t blame him. From The Times (London) article on him (24 Nov 2018 - article is behind a paywall): Holebas reluctantly concedes that approaches have been made via some Greece players but they can beg all they like. He will not return. Holebas retired two years ago, disillusioned with Skibbe, exasperated by his treatment as an outsider. If there was a problem, he was blamed and the final straw came when he was accused of disrespecting his country after a 3-1 defeat in Belfast in 2015. "I don't want to go back. I have finished, I have closed this door and it will not open again for me. I have family and the club, they are more important to me," Holebas says. "I'm born in Germany, my father is Greek and they treat me in a different way, an outsider. We lost against Northern Ireland. I was sad, I wanted to smash everything and I took off my shirt. I had it in my hand but they said I threw it to the ground and I showed disrespect to the shirt, so why should I go back there when there is always bad news about me in the national team? I don't need that." It is a shame, though. Holebas chose to play for Greece as a way of connecting to a part of his heritage that had been neglected. His parents split up when he was one year old and he lived with his mother in Germany. Only as an adult did he explore what being Greek could mean, so did he not experience some joy when playing for his father's country? "I really didn't enjoy it," he says. "When Fernando Santos was there he was stopping everything [the sniping] but when he left it was a disaster. They need a serious coach over there. Skibbe saw me as an older player and was not choosing by performance but who he knows. I played in the Premier League and was sitting on the bench, I don't really get it."
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    Jose Holebas ‒ Watford

    Here is a better than usual interview with Holebas. He may be a kolopaido, but I think the bad attitude may be a bit of misplaced passion https://www.watfordfc.com/teams/first-team/colney-chat-jose-holebas
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    Giorgos Samaras ‒ (retired)

    A more benign spin might go like this: being without a club and recovering from a serious back injury, joining the NASL for 20 games and playing in obscure Oklahoma was the perfect way to quietly get back to match fitness. Not sure I believe it, but there may be elements of truth to this.
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    Giorgos Samaras ‒ (retired)

    Except it's not happening...I'm pretty sure the Hibernian story is a joke that just got repeated until it sounded plausible. It would be a step up from the NASL, but there is zero evidence.
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    Jose Holebas ‒ Watford

    How can anyone suggest he's not really Greek, check out the top mannerisms in his argument with a Capoue! He's learned something in 5 years in the NT. http://www.espnfc.com/english-premier-league/23/video/2974067 Seriously Skibbe, we need this passion and you forced it out!
  6. He likely has an attitude, but he also derseves some respect. He is been a key member of the NT for many years through good and bad, and at 32 is finally getting his due as a Premier League starter. I don't blame him for retiring from the NT, I don't think that loyalty is an issue - he has put in his time and then some. I do blame Skibbe and the EPO. You don't jerk around your stars in favour of the old boys who have no reasonable reason to get a start or a cap and yet still do.
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    Road To Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup

    Apologies if this has already been posted....some past glories to get us pumped for tomorrow 2018 campaign - all the highlights of the 2014 qualifying. A lot of 1-0 of course but so much more. From the great start with Spyropoulos to the humiliating loss to Bosnia, the string of 1-0 and the amazing games against Romania to clinch it. Lots of excellent contributions from players who are now done for the Ethniki. As maddening as these games were, if the results for 2018 look anything like this I'd be very happy.
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    Other Greeks Abroad

    That was nice to see. Good luck to Avraam. I know there is not a lot of love for him around here, but I have to respect how much work he has put in to play after his injury finished him for top flight football- Turkey then China and now Japan, there are not a lot of Greeks players who can handle that kind of culture shock.
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    Apostolos Vellios ‒ Waasland-Beveren

    The long grind will see him get his chances at playing time eventually. It's hard to always start with the same 11 in the Championship.
  10. I've watched a handful of Saudi games. It seems to me that the level of defending is indeed below say the Greek Super League. Like Greece there is a huge drop in quality from the top 2-4 clubs to the rest so he faces a lot of very weak teams. There is a risk that his levels could drop by playing there, but one might say the same about someone like Fortounis in Greece - sure the SL is better, but how much does facing the likes of Veria and Panthrakikos do for developing his ability and skill?
  11. That was way more enjoyable than I thought it would be.
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    Giorgos Samaras ‒ (retired)

    Guys, I get it. This is clearly a topic where opinions vary...but to mention Kone that is just trolling!
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    Giorgos Samaras ‒ (retired)

    I watched the same on NASL.com Not impressive at all. He should just go to OFI and work on whatever salary they give him. If he is finished, working to get OFI back into the Super League is more admirable than slogging it through the NASL as a sub.
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    Giorgos Samaras ‒ (retired)

    Based on what I've seen online, NASL players are quite accessible after matches.
  15. Nice interview here. http://www.sport24.gr/football/EllinesExoterikou/o-yperhfanos-d1m1-ths-premier-league.4054629.html