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  1. Soprano76

    Another Mass Shooting in the US

    Today there was a high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 8 dead, possibly more. Perpetrator was 17 year old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a student at the school. There are Facebook photos of his circling around the internet which show a jacket he owned with communist sickle, german cross, and Cthulu pins. I'm not sure what the answer is, but I sure know it isn't "thoughts and prayers"
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    Daily Team News [ 2018 ]

    Was reading online that he deal officially went through and the new owner plans to invest 20 million Euro in player wages for the club next year... that's pretty large for a Greek Superleague budget, no? In any case, hopefully this brings the competitive quality of the league up and makes the other big teams (Oly, AEK, PAOK) follow suit.
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    Ancient Greek History

    Well, on the one hand it's important to not get caught up in the accomplishments of those who lived 2000 years in the past, but this is all just a fun exercise anyway and gives us a better glimpse into the who the pre-historic and ancient Greeks were as a people and a culture. It's more of an academic fascination for me than anything I suppose and not something born out of genetic supremacy. That being said, I wonder how much guess work goes into these and how similar things would turn out if you gave the same skull to 5 different dxperts for a reconstruction. I know for some things like the skin tone, they approximate; who remembers that bust of King Tut's mom a few months back and some people were crying over "white washing?" I believe that, that in that, they had based the skin pigment off of what the average Egyptian woman looks like in the 21st century. Other things, like the nose and ears, are made out of cartilage.. so how would they be able to faithfully recreate that? I haven't read into this stuff so I'm a bit in the dark on it.
  4. Very unfortunate situation all around. Hope his family can recover from this
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    Aris Fans Around the World

    How did Aris get to be associated with the bulldog? haha
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    2017-18 Season

    Bravo stous paixtes
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    2017-18 Season

    Wow OFI has really been on a goal scoring tear these past few months. I wonder if they can keep up that kind of form next year...
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    Macedonia Name Dispute

    BTW, did you guys known Nikola Gruevski's paternal grandfather, Nikola Grouios, was from a xorio on the Greek side of the border and died fighting in the Greco-Italian war? Lol you can't make this stuff up. Some politician who was running against him a few years back visited the xorio and spoke to the old mayor who corroborated the story. There's even a monument with his name on it.
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    SL–R25: PAOK - AEK (11 Mar 18, 19:30 EET)

    Ok so, to my PAOK friends here, what do you all think would have been an acceptable solution/punishment as a response to Savvidis' actions in the AEK-PAOK game? Just curious.
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    Macedonia Name Dispute

    Yes the medieval Balkans were certainly a hodge podge of ethnicities and the Greek government of the early 20th century no doubt suppressed some of the ntopio Slavic languages, however the Skops take this to the extreme and talk about some non-existent genocide in Makedonia. They would have you think that no Greeks lived in Makedonia prior to its annexation in 1913 but that just isn't the case; people like Emmanouil Pappas and Dimitris Karatasos were trying to re-unify the land w/ Greece proper in the preceding decades, not to mention the heavy concentration of Greeks in and around Thessaloniki as has already been mentioned.
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    SL–R25: PAOK - AEK (11 Mar 18, 19:30 EET)

    You don't think there's a justification for the punishment that was doled out? PAOK were the best team this year on the pitch, but Savvidis crossed a line that should not have been crossed, irrespective of the poor decision made the referee to disallow the goal vs AEK. On one hand, I agree with you and hope that Savvidis' penalty is reduced given that he's been a great investor in both PAOK and Thessaloniki. On the other, actions have consequences and there needs to be some accountability.
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    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    Whom would say is a deserving, in form defensive mid that hasn't been called up that deserves it over Tzioli and Taxi? Not at all disagreeing, just wondering. Greece seems to be paper thin at that position.
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    Suggested Call Ups, Starting 11

    I just translated it on twitter.. seems like he's saying that Bakakis' play, specifically the well placed crossed on the goal to Karelis, makes Skibbe's decision of starting Maniatis at RB in the first leg vs Croatia unacceptable and the Greek team paid the price for such a bad decision.
  14. That's true, a friendly is a friendly but the same can be said for Greece as well. We've been an underachieving, largely uninspired side for the past 4 years so it's nice to see a breath of fresh air and some positive play from our team. That being said, Salah is on a great run of form so you should be competitive in your group. I wish Egypt best of luck at the World Cup and hope for continued good relations between our countries in the future; after all, we do share a historical and cultural bond.
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    NT Friendly Games

    True, but we shouldn't be comparing ourselves to the necessarily since we're never in the same qualifying groups as them. Still it's nice to see the Ethniki playing against some different countries that they would otherwise not be playing. There were reports of the Americans putting on a friendly tournament for the best countries that didn't make the world cup, but I guess that fell through?