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Villafanez to Obtain Greek Citizenship in Coming Weeks

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In the next few weeks, Lucas Villafanez will obtain his Greek citizenship and will be eligible to play for the Greek national team.

Lucas Villafanez has openly stated that he would like to follow Carlos Zeca’s footsteps in obtaining Greek citizenship and to play for Greece’s national team. The Panathinaikos man is in the tail end of the naturalization process (started in 2014) as his paperwork is expected to be completed within the next two weeks. 

Once Villafanez officially becomes “Greek,” it will be up to Greece coach Michael Skibbe if the 25-year old will earn a call-up to the Ethniki. The German coach, however, has openly expressed his belief in Villafanez’s potential and his call-up to the Greek team should not come as a surprise. The Panathinaikos man can play both as an attacking midfielder, but also as a winger, a position that Greece currently has limited options in. 

Villfanez’s official neutralization process will not be ready in time for Greece’s next games, which are scheduled for October 7th and 10th, but if the Ethniki qualifies for the World Cup qualifying playoffs in November, Villafanez will likely be available for a call-up.

Although Villafanez was born and raised in Argentina, his maternal great-grandfather was from Piraeus. The youngster has played for Argentina’s youth national teams and has played in Greece since 2014. For two seasons he played at Panetolikos before signing with his current team, Panathinaikos in 2016.

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Are you kidding me?

-edit- weird that instead of censoring my f-bomb, the site just omits it entirely now?

Edited by pash

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I don't know how I feel about this. Is his Papou actually Greek or was he just born there? I'd rather someone Greek like Manthatis or Pelkas.

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yeah i've been reading his grandfather is of greek origin. we already have fortounis and mantalos there but either way he will be a welcome addition. although he will not debut as obvious in this campaign, but we might see him in the playoffs if we get there. 

 

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How good is this guy suppose to be? what would you guys compare him to? Does he make us better with him in the line up?

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I posted this on a different thread a couple of weeks back:

Again, having watched Villafanez, he is a decent player; actually I can say that he is a mix of Furtounis & Mandalos but not really better (faster than Mandalos, can play on the wing as Fortounis but not that fast, good control and some skill).

His main issue is that he does not score; actually me manages to misses all the chances he gets; this is a big thing for an offensive player.

He can help of the bench.

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30 minutes ago, PaoOle said:

His main issue is that he does not score; actually me manages to misses all the chances he gets; this is a big thing for an offensive player.

He can help of the bench.

That's typical of our team. He is not needed.

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A welcome addition on the wings. On his good days he literally drags Panathinaikos to victory. However i dont like whats been happening lately with all the Greek Citizenship players.

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That was the view of the anglo-saxons towards the Europeans, back when they migrated out here between the 50's and 70's. They realised it made it a better place afterwards.

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