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  1. Staf scored a screamer today in Hoffenheim's 1-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt....it's been a while since he's been included in the starting 11. Hopefully he can become a regular starter again.
  2. Pretty pathetic display today losing 1-0 to PAS who looked the better team....Donis is unable to find consistency in the teams performance. PAS will simply park the bus in the return leg and with the lack of scoring PAO has been experiencing is sitting in the driver's seat.
  3. PAO put in another good performance against oly but lost the derby on referees decisions and 1 defensive lapse. A couple of non calls by the ref gave the 3 points to oly in what should have been at best a tie. It's still good to see PAO come up with big performances in the derbies but they need to get maximum points against the bottom 2/3 of the league otherwise we will be playing with fire as things are pretty tight in the standings from 4th down to 11th.
  4. PAO are in a 3 way tie for 5th at the break....they dropped too many points against lower teams which is to be expected when you have very little depth and do not bring in enough quality in the transfers. Foreign bright spots are Perea, Insua and Schenkeveld....disappointments are Mollo (nut case), Fausto and Bech (hard to judge as they have had almost no playing time) and Zahid not having enough of a consistent impact. João Nunes started off in the worst possible way but has made some very respectable appearances recently. Rumors have Rocha talking with Villareal about Manu Morlanes (21yr old talented midfielder), AEK Larnaca for Nacho Cases (32yr old midfielder). The primary goal should be to resign the youngsters (Athanasakopoulos, Vayianides, etc.) and give them playing time instead of bringing in more dead weight....I mean why didn't Donis simply use Meunier who was still being paid instead of bringing in Mollo....most of the transfer moves don't make sense neither does Donis' man management. Oh and of course there is the perennial rumor of Berg's return (highly unlikely). Athens Alive is another paramithi that seems to have gone quiet since the elections.....the 762.560 raised so far by PAO Alive is way below the 20 mil DPG stated as the target....ridiculous concept to have fans put up the money so he can take over the team....I feel sorry for the fans who actually buy into this crap and give their money blindly. Money talks and BS walks in these situations so DPG can either put up or shut up, but he should stop screwing with the fans and try to lay responsibilities on them that belong to shareholders, unless he and Alafouzos are willing to sell stakes to whoever contributes money to the team.
  5. Prove to be the pivotal player today coming on in th 61st min and first drawing a red card and a penalty afterwards which was converted by Cafaro. A lot of positive runs and used his speed to get around the last player back to draw the red. Caused a handball by the opponent while nearly scoring to draw the penalty. Very lively performance....will be hard to keep him out of the Reims starting lineup if he builds on this performance.
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    Eugene Gerard

    You mean Giorgios? I think his dad as director of football and Simos the manager have had the most impact on the team....both worked together at PAO with the U20s for 4-5 years and at AEK as well and seem to have brought a lot of footballing savy to OFI. Makes me kinda jealous, thinking that they should have been kept at PAO along with Juan Rocha and would have helped the club through the recent tough times....one of many bad decisions by PAOs alafouzo administration.
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    Eugene Gerard

    Not only is OFI sitting pretty in 4th place after 14 games, they are the most entertaining team in the league, getting results while playing exciting football. A great job so far on all levels, from management and coaching staff and the players as well. Should be used as a case study for the proper development of club football beyond the top 4.
  8. I generally don't have personal feelings about players outside of their onfield performances but I always disliked the fact that he was never held accountable for his boneheaded plays and his corrupt habits....other than that happy bday I guess
  9. Not sure what this has to do with Vangelas vs Sok.....but 10.gr is a pro-oly (like one tv) site who is interested in stirring up problems for other clubs. If they ever establish a paper trail leading directly from Ivan to Xanthi you can pierce my nose (na mou tripiseis ti miti)....the behind the scenes cloak and dagger work in the GSL is the stuff of John Le Carre stories. Whether its true or not, in a league where one owner owns OPAP and another has been banned from involvement with professional football but both are allowed to operate as if nothing has happened do you really believe anything would ever come of this?
  10. Crap....I hope this report is wrong : https://www.sdna.gr/podosfairo/664625_epibebaiothikan-oi-foboi-rixi-hiastoy-o-hatzidiakos Looks like its a torn ACL.
  11. There are other forums where many members prefer to keep a cynical, smarmy attitude simply so that they can pretend to be smarter than everybody else when we don't win the world cup and tell us about how they knew it all along, what a bunch of losers greeks are, the greek people deserved to get screwed during the crisis, etc. rather than enjoy the moment when something goes well. Guess what...we won't win the world cup....hell we might not even qualify but what you are saying is that the NT shouldn't even try. I was never embarrassed by the NT, only disappointed because it's only a game and I never stopped supporting them and always hoped for the best because like I said it's only a game. Go support another country like Germany or Brazil who are perennial favorites so you can feel superior and we can root for the underdog Greece because that is part of us, heart and soul. The shame is on you, bud.
  12. For anyone interested the U19 are are playing Belgium right now....0-0 at the half.
  13. You actually have to hustle to play in this system so no....if he starts playing and scoring for his club he could be a bench player at best. I'm pretty sure the Schipster saw how limited the DMs were and that if he wanted to improve the transition up the middle it would have to be from the CBs....and neither Manolas or Sokratis have the ability to do that so he dumped them and paired a fast, versatile CB in Hatzidiakos with Staf, a fast, decent ball handler to lead the transition. So I doubt he will switch unless Staf becomes too much of a liability (which is a possibilty) in which case he will look for someone with similar qualities to replace him (not Manolas or Sokratis) Woulda, coulda, shoulda....what's done is done....look forward and stop dwelling on past failures. And just because Ranieri flopped with Greece doesn't make him a $#itty coach....same with the rest of the past managers of the NT. It just means they were a wrong fit and in most cases that the players played crappy, because the downward spiral lasted way too long to be the fault of any one coach....although I wonder if any of the previous geniuses had ever thought that having the team play "monkey in the middle" during practice would evolve into the one touch passing that we've seen the past 3 games. No offense bud, but you sound like someone hedging his bets so that he can say "I told you so" if things don't pan out. There are no guarantees and all that you can ask of the Coach and players is to give 100% and use basic common sense and proper strategies.
  14. Why the hell not? If the results keep coming why would you change? It's not about favorites, it's about results....and as long as we keep getting them I'm happy....even if Tziolis is playing
  15. Wow...reading the halftime comments you'd think we were getting killed or something. Fact is everything is a trade off unless you have a Beckenbauer or Lahm in your line up....Staf had a brainfart and cost us a goal but he has also been the main man on the transition up the middle which is why Schippy put him there since we don't have any DMs who are up to the task. Bakasetas for all the hate you guys (and me) have given him always seems to do something to help get the result (in the last 3 games). Let's give the Schipster his due and congratulate him on turning this sorry excuse of a NT around. Great job today against a solid, well organized side.
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