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some very poor results..but a very good squad on paper...

the betting markets just look at results ... the fact that we have some good players and Albania had players from trikala and kallithea in their squad means nothing to them..

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Portugal - Greece 1:0

Our chance of qualifying from this groups is pretty much gone. 

 

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It was a weaker lineup than what we have put out previously (missing Barkas, Ioannidis, Fountas and others) but surely we should not be losing to Israel by 4 goals.

The current technical staff clearly can't get the best out of this group and its a concern. In the past Nioplias and Tsanas were getting better results.

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It's not really about talent. I'm sure some will contradict that but look at the players who are eligible and most of them are regulars for their clubs. 

This group has some issues (attitude, psychology etc) and EPO and the current management/coaching team isn't able to sort it out.

Who knows what the solution is?! 

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The solution is to completely disband EPO and start from scratch. Some of the criminals (Girtzikis and co.) have been removed, but a lot of their buddies are still at EPO running things. They completely destroyed the national team the past few years, and that has also been the case with the U-21 team.

The most important thing is to appoint a regular coach, and not some ex-player without any coaching experience.

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EPO are an easy blame for this debacle..

 

it was the same 'EPO' when we won Euro 2004 and our 19s and 21s were making finals and getting big results..

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Beat Hungary 3-1 (Donis, Koulouris, Charisis)

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The U21's played a friendly against the U21 of Cyprus.

They trailed 2-0 (goals Andreas and Karo) but avoided a defeat with goals of Melikiotis and Koulouris (penalty in 89').

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this was a new squad..and very young...as the next U21 championships are a while off.

Do we know if Cyprus also played a new/young similar squad? or did they use players from the 'current' u21?

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Won vs Hungary's U21 today, 2-1. Goals by Lamprou and Vergos. Not sure who scored for Hungary (it was an own goal)

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two wins against belarus (0-2, galanopoulos and koulouris the scorers) and moldova (5-1, galanopoulos, manthatis, androutsos and koulouris twice)..this seems to be a rather talented youth team, probably the most talented after that 2012 generation which reached the final in european championship (and quite better than the side who reached the semis in 2015)..let's take a look at some players there

evangelou (pao), retsos (leverkuzen), katranis (saint ettiene), tsimikas (willem), androutsos (olympiakos), galanopoulos (aek), lamprou (panionios), chatzigiovanis (pao), manthatis (pas giannena), limnios (paok), koulouris (paok), donis (stuttgart) and some other dudes who play for the likes of asteras tripolis, xanth and kerkyra (starters there). obviously retsos and donis didn't play in any of the games but if the team does qualify for the europea championship (currently leading a group of moldova, belarus, czechia, croatia and san marino, huge chance to win that) then we might witness one of the best teams in years in 2019 championship. by then most of these players will have already developed because they already start or come off the bench for respective clubs. 

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Efthymis Koulouris is leading all goal scorers in the under 21 Tourney with 6 goals. 

 

Fat Phill is happy

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they look good..take into account that this generation misses retsos and donis who have been called up to the men's nt..pretty talented squad with many players from gsl big-4 there.

we just beat moldova away (0-2) and in 3 days we're hosting san marino which should be a big margin victory. we should fight with croatia for the first place. 

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They beat San Marino u-21 0-5, Games played 4, Wins 4. 

 

Vergos, Androutsos, Kolouris, Katranis and Karachalios. Couldnt find highlights yet. First in the group. 

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hatzidiakos who is a regular in alkmaar has been overlooked again and again. i don't know how such a player couldn't find a place in the team for the god's sake. unless they're planning to lose him to netherlands (he has get capped with their u-17 team)

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1:1 draw with Croatia at Toumba today. Both teams remain unbeaten and level on points. Missed a big chance to take the lead in the group. Will be tough to beat them in Croatia. 

Croatians missed a penalty. We went ahead with a Manthatis goal, but conceded the tying goal after a serious mistake by our keeper.

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Drew 0:0 in a friendly with Qatar in Doha today.

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4:0 win against San Marina in Xanthi today.

Next game on Tuesday against the Czech Republic in Xanthi again. That is the important game to win to keep our hopes to finish on top of the group.

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