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  1. A win here will set off the following chain of events : - Ranked in pot 3 for WC Qualifying - Top the following group: England, Wales, Greece, Estonia, and San Marino . (We don’t drop any points) - Go into the WC Draw still as underdogs, with media saying we were a fluke. We get drawn with : USA, Greece, Germany, Japan. - Group goes as followed: Greece 9, Germany 6, USA 3, Japan 0. - Make a run all the way to the WC Finals against European champs , Netherlands. Media plays up the JVS vs Netherlands story line. We win easily, 3-0 with goals from Fortounis (2) an
    7 points
  2. Rumored Lineup : Vlachodimos Mavrias Chatzidiakos Tzavellas Tsimikas Zeca Fortounis Bakasetas Limnios Tzolis Giakoumakis
    6 points
  3. I might be alone on here thinking this but I’d like to see JVS take this team to World Cup qualifiers.. I think he deserves a chance. Changing coaches should not be an option right now IMO...
    5 points
  4. Needless to say fortounis is our best and most consistent player. I honestly rate him in the likes of manolas and Sokratis. I am glad we have gone back to complaining about how bad the NT played in wins. It’s refreshing considering our performances in the past few years
    5 points
  5. No. On the good news. Bosnia lost and Finland also lost. We are 29th in the UEFA rankings, remaning in pot 3.
    4 points
  6. Some points If Fortounis doesn't start, this game could have ended 0-0. It's taken the 5th game of the NL for JVS to work it out. Hopefully, not too late. Bakasetas finally scored in open play. Tziolis. I haven't been this excited about a Greek player since Samaras in 2005 and Fortounis in 2012. We are spoilt at LB; Tzimikas, Giannoulis Why is finishing top of Group C important? 1. Automatic promotion to League B; 2. Play better teams in League B, which can accelerate the run up the FIFA rankings; and 3. Possible 2nd chance, to qualify for Qatar
    4 points
  7. Sometimes when Greece and Cyprus play each other, Greece wins under fishy circumstances, but this was well-deserved for Greece. Probably should have been more than 2-1. JVS has the ethniki playing the best since Santos, and Cyprus have not looked good under Walem, even lost to Luxembourg.
    4 points
  8. On a more serious note, I hope he has a speedy and full recovery.
    3 points
  9. Samaris never!!! Still have nightmares of his continues giveaways to the opposition
    3 points
  10. If JVS doesnt make the required starting team adjustments along with correct game management, Giorgos Donis should be employed in June 2021.
    3 points
  11. https://hellasfooty.blogspot.com/2020/11/a-wave-of-reaction.html?fbclid=IwAR3k-bxHxfCnAop4A6fM-95lLDfkyzxhpyB4FWoHu0Jzc90Z1OINLAUzsJg&m=1
    3 points
  12. Well if you are in the middle of a rebuilding process it makes sense. Also anybody that revolted against a coach and tried to sabotage the team should never wear the NT jersey.
    3 points
  13. NEEDLESS to say JVS HAS TO approach Manolas/Siovas and Sokratis if he moves from Arsenal for the qualifiers.
    3 points
  14. The qualification was not lost today. It was lost because Fortounis didn't play vs Kossovo.
    3 points
  15. Starting line up. two changes Bouchalakis and pavlidis out for Kourbelas and Giakoumakis Βλαχοδήμος, Μαυρίας, Χατζηδιάκος, Τζαβέλλας, Τσιμίκας Ζέκα, Κουρμπέλης ,Λημνιός, Μπαkασέτας Φορτούνης Γιακουμάκης.
    3 points
  16. 24 Apr 1996 Greece v Slovenia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup 06 Sep 1997 Slovenia v Greece W 0-3 FIFA World Cup 06 Sep 1998 Greece v Slovenia D 2-2 UEFA European Championship 09 Oct 1999 Slovenia v Greece W 0-3 UEFA European Championship 26 May 2012 Greece v Slovenia D 1-1 International Friendly
    3 points
  17. A lot of really good points here! Bouchalakis is and has always been a confidence player. He had 2 attempted smart passes to split the defensive lines that were unsuccessful and to our surprise(after viewing the match data) did substantial work on the defensive side of the ball. However, he is not and will never be a real deep lying playmaker. He lost the ball in possession 9 times, which led the ethniki last night. Unfortunately, it's not as if we get much more out of Kourbelis either. This national team is missing the likes of a healthy and in form Galanopoulos. Pavlidis should nev
    3 points
  18. In regards to the National Team, Vrousai is with the U21. If your question is more general about what's going on with him, it's something that we have lamented for weeks. He has been completely mishandled by the club and in our opinion has not been given a fair shake. He rides the bench while Lazar Randjelovic continues to put uninspiring performances on the field. He wanted to go back to the Netherlands on loan again or on a permanent move but the club announced he was to be a core part of the team. The saga with Mario is very frustrating.
    3 points
  19. FYROM will participate in Euro 2021??? f***ing Lampropoulos destroyed us with that own goal against Estonia. But for that guy and the idiocy of Anastasiadis who started our B team that game, we would have reached the play off.
    3 points
  20. Hello Everyone! We couldn't believe our ears when we heard there was an active Greek soccer community! Glad to see the majority were as positive about yesterday's performance as we are. Now we just need to cross our fingers and hope JVS continues with the great showing we saw and not reverting to some of the miserable lineups with players out of position we saw in the past. Also thought it would be worth mentioning that since the Covid restart, Greece has maintained the highest match tempo it has EVER had since game data has been available. Greece is averaging 17.83 passes per
    3 points
  21. Effective player rating, bit different to out of 10 ratings http://hellasfooty.blogspot.com/2020/11/effective-player-rating-greece-vs.html?m=1
    3 points
  22. Glad he is giving Tziolis/Giakoumakis/Xatzi a chance. Good time to experiment. For all those bashing the coach, say what you want with selections, the team HAS been playing better under him. I see more passion, ball control and overall competitiveness. Just before he arrived, we saw players not hustle and generally play poor. Do you guys not remember the game against Italy were we couldn't get out of our own half? We may have had "better" players but we were not a team.
    3 points
  23. Well, in support of your argument, the fact that Ferreira left him out of the list for the UEFA games implies that he also didn't like what he saw. In opposition to your argument: your mother was a hamster and your father smells of elderberries.
    3 points
  24. You and me are probably the only ones here stating the obvious things but according to pals here I'm a straight troll. Would like for once if someone could explain why for example Mavrias with no playing time gets a call up while the Asteras Tripolis/Atromitos right backs are being overlooked, or even Kitsiou. Btw lack of playing time was the reason why Fortounis has been benched but that didn't stop him to call up Harris fcking Mavrias as if we're living 2012 all over again.
    3 points
  25. Lol at first they told us 6 week lockdown, this started early July and went to October 28. We had an 8pm curfew for almost 2 months, we have been wearing masks inside and outside for 3+ months and still continue to do so. We peaked at 750 daily cases in August and now we have had 4 days of 0. It was brutal but now we face the potential prospect of 2021 being a normal year for us, no masks, no social distancing, full crowds at sporting events etc.
    3 points
  26. RB options would be; Retsos, Rotu, Bakakis, Masouras and Kitsiou for now. Don't know if the gaffa realizes this. Zeca with Kourbelis is like having Tziolis and Maniatis.
    3 points
  27. Upon going to the cinema for the first time in the US I actually couldn't believe there was a tap for melted butter. The Europeans who arrived there all those years ago must have been confined by healthy-eating parents their whole lives before setting sail. This is definitely one of their ways of saying "F you" for all the times they weren't allowed to eat sweets and had to make do with potatoes and broccoli instead. PS. My girlfriend (who is from the US) made sweet potato casserole as part of our Thanksgiving meal this year. Brown sugar mixed in with sweet potato? Fair enough, I will giv
    2 points
  28. LOL showing my lack of geographic knowledge there for sure! When I visited San Sebastian it did not strike me as a big city but I did spend most of my few days there on the beach 😎 I had no idea Real Sociedad was from there, I apologize and thank you for correcting me @Dutch Eagle
    2 points
  29. This is a bit disappointing. Having matilla-sasha-jeggo did produce some wall that prevented and intercepted many attacks of olympiakos, but creativity and pass accuracy wise, it was much worse, plus Jeggo is worse with the two. In attack I had a feeling like we were a player or 2 down compared to Oly, like we have had no player to pass to when we are close to their box. Against a weaker opponent it is exactly how I felt that we had always a player or two up which was tearing the opposition apart in the second half whenever we gathered 3 points. This means that our mentality is bad t
    2 points
  30. I don't know who the answer is but unless we can come up with a solid duo at CM we will be limited as to how far this team can go. I like Zeca he hustles and is full energy but him alongside Bouchalakis or Kourbelas are not the answer they are not good enough. This was a huge problem ever since post 2014 world cup and still we don't have a competent duo.
    2 points
  31. I thought he would become a star, something happened the last few years...
    2 points
  32. Problem is Ethniki can't score in a brothel (with or without the fishtanks).
    2 points
  33. You guys also forget to mention that they have arguably the best goalie on the other side. We played well the entire campaign. We had the majority of the shots/possession/chances in every game. Sure we could have done better and made some different choices in selections, but overall, we played well. Remember, just 2 years ago, we lost to the Faroe Islands and looked bad doing so. We are finally hustling, pressing and are able to string two passes together. With a few tweaks, we can be a really good team.
    2 points
  34. Lol 😂 now say that again but without crying 😂 thats some funny s%$#!.
    2 points
  35. It's an interesting point to debate, how to start a game like this. Coming out all guns blazing seems like a good and logical move, put the heat on, get them on the backfoot and don't allow them to settle and as you said set the tempo. Plenty of managers in world football tend to adopt the more conservative and pragmatic strategy of 'You don't win games like this early, you only lose them' meaning if we go out guns blazing and concede one the other way it maybe game over. We are yet to see JVS coach in a do or die match so we don't know how he'll play it. I get the feeling given he
    2 points
  36. I think Slovenia won’t press as much in this game as they will play a more defensive role and only open it up if they are trailing. Like us they have only allowed 1 goal against so they are pretty sound defensively especially against a Greek team who has trouble breaking down teams and scoring goals.. JVS needs to approach this game with a lot of urgency and he needs the team flying out of the gate and not give The Slovenians a chance to build confidence and to set the pace of the game.. The Greek team also needs to watch the counter which I think Slovenia will be waiting for as they no Greec
    2 points
  37. I was thinking Tziolis was Alexandros Tziolis, so couldn't understand why people wanted him to play! Then I googled him.
    2 points
  38. The idea of caring who starts and plays is rooted in the belief that your desired lineup gives you the best chance to win. This is true in any sport. But yes, as long as we win, that's the important thing.
    2 points
  39. That can't be...It seems that Tziolis and Giakoumakis are making a good case to start the next game. I loved how Giakoumakis was able to hold on to the ball and get a shot off while having the defender all over him.
    2 points
  40. I think tzolis should be given a shot at a full couple games. He’s 18 but it seems he’s on a path to stardom.
    2 points
  41. Relax he was just joking... Have a sense of humour. You don’t have to take it personal. There’s no need for name calling. The reason why Mavrias is in the team is because of his agent. His agent must’ve made a good deal with the EPO. I can’t seem to understand how Anastasiadis and Van’t Schip seem to like him. Both have called him up. There’s no way they think he is a good player or good RB. If they do then they simply don’t know much about football. I’ve recently listed 6 players better than him that actually play. We all have our opinions about the coach and team selections
    2 points
  42. +42 Some coaches just over engineer their teams unnecessarily. What they see, I don't know. Keep it simple. Adjust to your opponent if they are clearly superior, likewise if they are clearly inferior. Exploit obvious weaknesses. Be flexible when required. It's not that hard. Ferreira seemed to get it right in Europe with the 3-4-3 we did well but he'd use the same system in the GSL for no valid reason. Maybe he thought the players can't cope with two systems. Really ? I don't know if Garcia got lucky today, time will tell. One thing is for sure, he won't accept crap per
    2 points
  43. I agree 100%. He knows how to run the team when we are with the ball and takes on more responsibility. When Ninis used to be in form he made Greece look more dangerous. Fortounis does the same but when both are in form Ninis to me is a better player. But now that Fortounis has currently made a name for himself he should be automatically our 1st choice CAM.
    2 points
  44. How many nicknames do you have for this guy? I feel like you’ve used them all and I’m genuinely curious what happens when you run out!? Does he have compromising photos of you or something?
    2 points


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