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  1. I represented Greece on the national level for the Greek National Baseball team in European competitions in Euro 2012. I was in tears the first time I wore that jersey and heard the anthem. So from someone who actually put on the official Greece uniform, I CAN confirm, that I felt in my heart I was representing my country and I put on the best effort I could for Greece.
    8 points
  2. Zeca our best player tonight. Really lucky to get the point though in a game where we did not create anything. Take this as a gift for the country's anniversary.
    7 points
  3. 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
  4. Rumored Lineup : Vlachodimos Mavrias Chatzidiakos Tzavellas Tsimikas Zeca Fortounis Bakasetas Limnios Tzolis Giakoumakis
    6 points
  5. Bro let me tell you something you’re the type of guy that will cheer for the team when they’re playing well and then come out here and start telling everybody “I told you so” you’re like the little weasel that likes to start arguments and then turtles when it comes down to it.. I’ve dealt with guys like you on numerous occasions..
    5 points
  6. Happy new year everyone! Even to the Aris fans and Tzatziki who are reading this 😏
    5 points
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Lmao what? I think your response here kind of proves you talk non-sense and can't really back up anything you say much of it is baseless. You have a clear hate for JVS which is fine you don't have to rate him as a coach. FWIW I don't think he's a mastermind but I do think he's brought the ethinki into the 21st century with our style of play. It's not perfect and he does things I don't agree with (I agree with you Lambropoulos coming on was ridiculous as was the Bouchalakis sub) My issue is you were no were to be seen in the 1st half when we were playing quite well, the 2nd half sta
    5 points
  10. I’m not hidden pal! I’m right here. If you’re sitting here waiting for him to get “sucked”, real good fan you are! Hoping the team does poorly so your mortal enemy gets fired. Not a good look. Ugly football? We have been playing better since he has taken over. Haven’t lost a competitive match under him. And yes, topping the group would be awesome, considering we haven’t been successful in many years , yes I’ll take it
    5 points
  11. Oh, I saw an EPO video and I thought Stafylidis was in the squad. Cool. In that case, I think he will start Svarnas who was invited to the press conference. I get JVS. After the draw with Lietchenstein, he just made up his mind to start with a new breed of players. He looked at the core leadership group, Soc, Torosides, Manolas, all players that the younger players look up to, and thought if I go forward with these guys they would be a hindrance to his plans, vision. And, we know what happened to the previous coach.
    5 points
  12. By the next WC Sokratis will be 34. Siovas 34. Manolas 31. If you're going to put all your eggs in that basket good luck. Wouldn't it be better now to find a new bunch of players and give them game time. Let them learn the system and discipline to be ready. If it happens the oldies have still got it, and their attitude is good, fine, recall them. But to rely on them being fit, ready, uninjured, and more importantly without the attitude, good luck with that. Comparing Mantalos to Masouras, not sure where you're going with it. Totally different players, totally different roles. Man
    5 points
  13. Regardless of what people think Giannoulis is worth or what they'd be satisfied with a sale amount, I'd prefer we don't sell him at all. I just don't think he's easily replaceable. Also, the level of his improvement in the last 24 months, and especially in the last 12 months has been simply astonishing. Knowing our club though, we'll probably sell him for peanuts, and do it before the Krasnodar game. Who knows it could go similar to the Limnios sale, extract below. FC Koln: Limnios good player. We buy. PAOK: Very well. 7 million. FC Koln: 3 million. PAOK: You craz
    5 points
  14. Watch the video of Siovas opening up about what happened with him and JVS as well as the current state of the NT and if the right players are being called up.. I agree with everything he said.. https://m.sport24.gr/longreads/o-dimitris-siovas-apokleistika-sto-sport-24-itan-schediasmeno-na-me-fane.9206688.amp.html?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR09VUhBCpssIrO1RIE7yoQVqjoqm53U8ozGmOf5u6_eOXPrl7afr-PZGVM
    4 points
  15. Torosidis played at left back for the Ethniki since he debuted in 2007, long before he ever moved to Roma. He was 22 so I'm not sure your experience argument holds up. Toro was only moved to his natural right back once Rehhagel left and Santos took over post 2010 World Cup. We don't know if Tsimikas would fail or not at right back, there are challenges with playing on your opposite side as you have correctly pointed out. If JVS is going to insist on Mavrias as the no.2 right back and not consider other options, 10/10 times I would rather see Tsimikas playing on his weak side.
    4 points
  16. It was a bad game, felt like a loss. After a string of promising football, we played bad. By promising, I mean creating shots on goal, keeping possession. This was the first time I saw a JVS coached team not press, not hustle. That's what I think was disappointing. Also the insistence of starting Bakasetas is starting to annoy all of us as we can see he is the answer. The people gloating that we lost, sorry, you are in the wrong forums. The cursing on top of it, honestly, what kind of reaction did you expect? Someone earlier asked about Vrousai, he's injured or he would have been
    4 points
  17. STFU you Internet troll. Guys like you probably got there asses kicked growing up..
    4 points
  18. Starting lineup was just announced !!! Courtesy of sportime Vlachodimos bakakis k paps tzavellas giannoulis zeca bouchalakis fortunis bakasetas tzolis pavlidis Why bakasetas it’s an automatic starter is just super Annoying I know he scored against Spain but he offers nothing going forward he is slow with the ball and has no creativity I would have put fortounis there instead which is his natural position and masouras on the right with tsimikas replacing bakakis. Our two best backs should be playing at all times regardless if one is out of position it’s
    4 points
  19. I wasn’t happy about the starting line up at all, but I will say most of the guys hustled there asses off and once the changes were made we played better, the guys put in a fantastic defensive effort, yes of course we were only going to get one or two chances against Spain that was obvious, but for those saying it was a fluke Penalty maybe it was but the boys put themselves in the right position to get that call. Some of you clowns have to really man up and just give the team credit when they pull off a stunning result rather than looking at who we play next and automatically assuming we’re go
    4 points
  20. Quick someone tell Muppet boy we scored! Tell him to turn back on the channel
    4 points
  21. ^Good post PaokCT. Wow - represented Greece in 2012. That's not too long ago. Zagorakis knows a thing or two about what it is to represent the Greek NT. https://www.sport24.gr/football/zagorakis-ethniki-manolas-papastathopoylos.9174476.html If Zagorakis does take over EPO presidency I think this going to be a good turning point. I hope. Greece is ranked 20th in Europe which is terrible, and that needs to change.
    4 points
  22. Ultimately, we all feel an attachment to Greece. That is why we are on these forums to begin with. I would imagine that all these soccer players feel the same attachment especially when they are away from home. I may have been born in the states, but something always pulls me to Greece.
    4 points
  23. I disagree completely, when you are called up to play for the National team to represent your country you are 100% playing for the Flag aka country, the people and pride and anyone who thinks differently should never put on a national team jersey. The feeling you get when your country wins a world cup or a Euro can not compare to winning with your club team. The club team represents a small portion of people but that national team win will UNITE the entire country.
    4 points
  24. I've been waiting for so long man I've been itching to see them play again, Can't wait.
    4 points
  25. From this article, it seems Sokratis might return to the national team. It also seems that JVS is changing his way of selecting players... https://www.sportime.gr/podosfairo/ethniki-omada/papastathopoulos-ethniki-i-krousi-gia-epistrofi-ke-i-proti-antidrasi/
    4 points
  26. There’s no evidence to suggest that Manolas doesn’t want to play for the national team. JVS hasn’t picked him because he wanted to see other players. Now that his job is on the line a player like Manolas will be needed in these qualifiers. I agree we should be looking to replace Sokratis, Mitroglou and Samaris are all getting old and we need to find younger players for the future. They are in a different boat to Manolas. Svarnas, Lampropoulos, Tzavellas and Stafylidis won’t take us to the World Cup. We struggled to even come 1st in a easy nations league group. It won’t get easier against
    4 points
  27. Actually I disagree with you on a few things. First, I think Giannoulis is better offensively than Tsimikas. But I agree with you that he’s a better defender than Giannoulis. Also, you’re not giving enough credit to Holebas. He was a very good LB for a number of years who has had a great career. Played in Premier league for many years and actually did well. What makes Tsimikas “world class”? Not sure if that was you who said it but someone did. Is it cause he is on Liverpool? If that’s the case, Wague woulda blown away competition since he’s a Barcelona kid, but we all know he didn’t do that.
    4 points
  28. We disagree with the majority of this statement. Before his injury, Galanopoulos was the only Greek midfielder with the ability to play in the 8 role. He's certainly not the same player as Kourbelis, as he has a much larger propensity to get forward and has a larger volume of through balls, downfield longballs, and overall vision. It doesn't take much for a player to be more technical than Zeca, his value is in his work rate. We've seen Mantalos played in a deeper role both for Aek and the National team, it's not great. He's much more effective further up the pitch. There's a reason w
    4 points
  29. No. On the good news. Bosnia lost and Finland also lost. We are 29th in the UEFA rankings, remaning in pot 3.
    4 points
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. Three things have to happen ; 1 Mantalos as a central player or not in the team; 2 To pick a RB and Not a CB playing there (unless it was (Retsos-injured); 3 To pick a Cm with a Dm, not two Dm's. JVS to be more attacking minded!
    4 points
  33. Svarnas is just another puzzling issue with this team. He isn't awful, but we're also playing s#it teams. But aek fans sound shocked he's playing, so that's saying something, and he's not even their first choice. Bottom line this team is a fcking dumpster fire. He's started Pav, Lim, Baka, Mant, Kourb and Zeca 3 out of the 4 games and we've only scored 2 goals in those 3 games. Either this coach is a clueless dumba$$ or theres curruption worse than any of us could've ever imagined. And let's be real about Otto and Santos (aside from euro 04), we'd squeeze out 1-0 games in the 90th
    4 points
  34. There was a time where I would watch us come so close to a result only to be hartbroken in the dying minutes. How things have changed, and how sweet it feels to be on the other side. BRAVO RE OMADARA, never gave up, Valbuena what a leader, never quit leads by example. Hasan, plays 5 minutes and is super focused and contributes big time right away with a million dollar finish. Bravo to the wjhole team, to the Bouchalakis haters....you were saying? lol
    4 points
  35. Lmao so mad ... have a snickers. You get cranky when you’re mad.
    4 points
  36. The coach is doing fine. His job is to win and he’s doing that. Results matter not style points. If style points mattered, Italy would’ve sucked all those years. As long as he gets wins doesn’t matter against who it is. You only play what’s on your schedule. It’s not their fault they’re playing the garbage of garbage. And remember, some of you think they have guys like Mbappe, Halland and Alphonso Davies hidden somewhere. They don’t. They have to make do with what they have.
    4 points
  37. The situation is messy. Yes, we have our best 3 CB's out but the ultimate question is, who runs the team ? JVS has let everyone know who he thinks it should be. Siovas had a HUGE brain fart moment and he basically said JVS could do a better job. Players have egos but so do managers. Georgatos and Zikos messed with Rehhagel and never made it back. Maybe it will be the same with Siovas and Manolas. I hope it can somehow be resolved but I don't see how. If he picks them they'll think "see, he needs us and can't do without us" and no way JVS will allow that. What a mess Siovas created
    4 points
  38. More and more I am gaining respect for the coach. Team comes first.
    4 points
  39. Found a link without VPN. https://greektv.org/movies/open-tv-greece-live-webtv/
    4 points
  40. Guys - loved the show. Well-organized and sounded very natural. The volume equalization issue has already been mentioned, once you get that squared away I'll be equally attracted to both of your voices. I'll be sharing this wherever I can. I also feel personally attacked but I guess I'll get over it. @paokarag4I couldn't quite place your accent - where in Austria are you from? Maybe the Graz region?
    4 points
  41. We can't bitch and whine about our country coefficient and then hope that every team fails to qualify.
    4 points
  42. Dude Ive been complaining about our teams performance for the last 5 years man so now that we have a coach that finally got something to click and has the team looking confident and playing the most attractive football we've played in years WITHOUT manolas and Socratis you still want to complain??? Just give the guy a chance man..
    4 points
  43. Boys let’s not forget all of the coaches we have had since our last World Cup appearance and with Manolas, Socratis and Mitro we lost to the minnows of the world on more then one occasion and didn’t qualify for a single tournament. Now that we have a coach that finally is playing some attractive football we want to question his decision making?? Obviously there is a problem with those guys or else they would have been called up and the coach would have Incorporated them into the lineup around the younger players. Based on all of JVS articles you can read between the lines these guys think they
    4 points
  44. Giakoumakis is a shoe in for the NT he is lighting it up in Holland. Lets hope JVS comes to senses and brings in Manolas!
    3 points
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