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  1. Ellada2004

    Sotiris Ninis ‒ Hapoel Ashkelon

    Ya its a shame... I remember watching him with PAO he had some tremendous matches and loved the goal he hit in Israel for the 1-0 win in the 2012 Euro Qualifier.
  2. Ellada2004

    Sotiris Ninis ‒ Hapoel Ashkelon

    tough.. Sotiri had a lot of promise.
  3. Ellada2004

    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    Crazy that Greece finished in 3rd in a group with Finland, Hungary and Estonia. It should have been a slam dunk for us to finish in top spot! Thanks a lot Skibbe!
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    Another observation, since Finland and Bosnia won there respective Nations League groups maybe they will slip up a bit by knowing that they have a second chance to qualify should they not place in the top 2 here and it may open the door for Greece.
  5. Ellada2004

    Transfer Talk

    Interesting..
  6. Ellada2004

    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    Yes I like that lineup. Hopefully Mitroglou can get back to his scoring ways if he gets the call.
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    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    Koulouris had a big game yesterday putting away 2 goals. I think if given the chance he will score goals for the NT.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    If Greece get back to defending like we did in the Rehagel & Santos era we will be successful. We need to rely on our solid defensive play and hit teams on the counter and take our chances when they present themselves as was the case in Belgium. Greece will be back in Euro 2020 we have made a final and won a major trophy unlike the eglesi who are still waiting after 52 years 😆. Also there friends the Canadians here play in the very weak CONCACAF region and fail miserably every World Cup qualifying cycle.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    That's a good assessment, Greece coaches in the last 4 years have failed to play our best starting 11. I remember that Hungary match were we won in wild fashion 4-3, but I think that was a strong lineup and the best at that time as you said. How in the world were Tzavellas and Tziolis playing in the last World Cup qualifying and even in the Nations league? There are way better options for those two players. Also Siovas not being on the field except when Ange came in and he played vs Finland, the guy plays in La Liga for crying out loud. Pelkas and Mantalos playing on the outside has proven not to work yet they still keep playing them there. Mantalos has totally lost his confidence in the last year or so and I dont know if I would go with him for the Euro qualifiers.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    It was a stroke of luck that Greece avoided Belgium, France and Spain who are the toughest sides in Pot 1 and dodging Germany was crucial. In this group we should be able to get 2nd . Bosnia tend to lose or drop points to weaker sides as was the case last WCUP qualifying when Cyprus beat them. I could see them faltering vs Finland and maybe even Armenia. If Greece are sharp and at there best will be punching our ticket to Euro 2020!
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    Yes Donis will absolutely help with his speed and taking on defenders. Hopefully he can get off to a great start in the first two matches and our attack can be more potent going forward. Defensively we are solid with 2 world class CBs but overall we should be better in keeping more clean sheets as we did under Santos. Hopefully in these qualifiers the team improves in this area, we can't be conceding 2 goals to the likes of Finland and Hungary.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    Greece were disappointing in Nations League, definitely should have finished in 1st. Losing in Finland with an uninspired effort was what cost us the group. Although I will give Finland credit they have improved over the last year with a good run of results even recording a draw in Croatia in World Cup qualifying. Skibbes tactics and call ups screwed things up for us in this competition as was the case in Hungary bringing on Tzavellas. He was at fault for both goals in the 2-1 loss and couldn't keep up with the pace of the Hungarian forwards. Had the last game vs Estonia still mattered for first place Ange would have played the best starting 11 possible and I believe we at least get a 1-0 win. So now with the new coach starting off the Euro campaign and hopefully having our key players available from injury ie. Donis I can see us being much better. My prediction is Italy, Greece, Bosnia, Finland, Armenia, Liechenstein.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    We got a favourable draw considering we were in Pot 4 it could have been alot tougher. Therefore I believe Greece should compete for second spot in this group. Group A would have been even better drawing in with England, chzech, Bulgaria. That would have been a dream draw second would be a lock maybe even first over the English.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    If Greece are ready and have no injury issues then we should get 6 points from Liechenstein and Armenia most likely by 1-0 score lines but will take the wins. Finland I believe will pose some trouble if we can beat them in Finland that will be key as Greece always struggle there. Bosnia wanted no part of us, with the rivalry that has developed they would have preferred any other pot 4 side.Last campaign they got a draw in Athens with the OG of Pjanic free kick but Greece came back in injury time to take a point with Tzavellas wonder goal. In Bosnia Greece had the best chances to take all 3 points but Mantalos huge miss cost us there. Defensively the Bosnians can be exploited, I still see us getting a result in Bosnia we just have to wait and grind them down and take our chance. Italy will be hungry to rebound from missing the World Cup, but they dont boast a formidable lineup as they always use to. Veratti is there best and most influential player in the midfield. Chiellini is a great defender but he is getting up in age and up front they struggle to score goals. In goal Donnarumma is a great young talent but he has struggled a bit at club and in Nations League matches, not having the steadying influence of Buffon could hurt them. I think for the match in Greece the team will come out ready to play vs a huge footballing nation as they did vs Belgium, a win here would set us up well as it will be the third match of qualifying campaign.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying

    Just saw on agona sports last time Greece played Italy was a friendly in 2008 in Athens game ended 1-1 with Gekas scoring. I had forgotten about that match. Our last time meeting Italy in competitive match was in 1982 world cup qualifiers. With Italy winning in Greece 0-2 and a 1-1 draw in Italy.
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