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  1. From Goal.com. Greece national team coach Otto Rehhagel has announced his 22-man squad for the upcoming World Cup play-off against Ukraine. The German gaffer somewhat surprisingly opted to give Olympiacos forward Kostas Mitroglou a call-up for the crucial games at home on November 14 and the trip to the Ukraine four days later. Mitroglou grew up in Germany and was a product of Borussia Monchengladbach's youth academy. He has yet to make his official Greece debut. Rehhagel has some injury worries in defence as Panathinaikos' Giorgos Seitaridis and Christos Patsatzoglou of Cypriot side A
  2. http://sports.yahoo.com/sow/news;_ylt=AjKw...=goal&type=lgns Jozy Altidore to Gavros?? Granted this site can be full of BS...(not as bad as some Greek sites)....but if true...wow. I like the move...but I don't see how he'll get significant minutes over Diogo and Derbyshire.
  3. The squad has just been announced. Mantzios returns, along with a surprising (in a good way) call up for Koutsianikoulis. Samaras, Seiteridis, Kyrgiakos, and Charisteas are all hurt and not in the squad. Goalkeepers: Costas Halkias (PAOK Salonika), Alexandros Tzorvas (Panathinaikos) Defenders: Traianos Dellas (Anorthosis Famagusta), Socratis Papastathopoulos (Genoa), Nikos Spyropoulos, Loukas Vintra (both Panathinaikos), Avraam Papadopoulos, Vassilis Torosidis (both Olympiakos Piraeus) Midfielders: Costas Katsouranis (Benfica), Giorgos Karagounis, Sotiris Ninis, Alexandros Tziolis (all
  4. Found this from Wikipedia's article on the UEFA Cup: "Winners of the qualifying rounds join teams from the associations ranked 1-13 in the first round proper. In addition, losers in the third qualifying round of the Champions League also enter this round, and another place is reserved for the title-holders. There are 80 teams total in this round."
  5. Spain has announced their Euro 2008 squad.....with some very surprising omissions : :blink: :la: http://www.euro2008.uefa.com/news/kind=1/n...ction+surprises Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF), Pepe Reina (Liverpool FC), Andrés Palop (Sevilla FC). Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid CF), Álvaro Arbeloa (Liverpool FC), Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona), Carlos Marchena (Valencia CF), Raúl Albiol (Valencia CF), Juanito (Real Betis Balompié), Joan Capdevilla (Villarreal CF), Fernando Navarro (RCD Mallorca). Midfielders: Marcos Senna (Villarreal CF), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool FC), Xavi He
  6. It's Official (in English): PIRAEUS, Greece (AFP) - Greek defending champions Olympiakos Piraeus announced Tuesday the release of coach Takis Lemonis from his duties and his replacement with assistant Jose Segura for the remaining six matches of the season. Olympiakos were knocked out of the last 16 of the Champions League by Chelsea last week and are currently second in the league, one point behind rivals Panathinaikos. Lemonis, 48, has coached Olympiakos twice, from 2000 to 2003 and then after returning in 2006 led the club to two league titles.
  7. Me going apeshit after Dellas scored the game-winner vs. Czech Republic while I was in Germany was probably the best moment I had during the Euros outside of the final. Ronaldo crying was also awesome, espeically after partying all-afternoon w/ Greek-Cypriots on July 4 in the USA. Finally, watching a bunch of Germans in a bar on Lake Constance applaud and celebrate Charisteas's goal vs. France was also a sight to behold. God, all of those great memories. I hope the same will transpire again this summer.
  8. For those who can get it, Setanta Sports USA is airing the game live (or so I've read).
  9. AEK lost at home to Larissa 1-0. No excuse for PAO not to win now and pull away from AEK at the top of the table.
  10. GLASGOW, Scotland (Ticker) - Polish forward Maciej Zurawski has left Celtic to sign for Greek club Larissa, ending speculation that he would move to Major League Soccer. Zurawski has been linked with MLS for the past several months, most often with the Los Angeles Galaxy, but there was little concrete evidence that he was on the verge of a move. Zurawski, who scored 30 goals in 73 appearances for Celtic, had been looking for regular playing time after being warned by Poland coach Leo Beenhakker that his place in the Euro 2008 was under threat.
  11. I watched most of the USA-Sweden game and even though both sides were playing "B" teams, there were a couple of things I noticed. Sweden play similar to Norway, many long balls and crosses. Sweden got their best chances on corners. Given that Nikopolidis is an accident waiting to happen crosses and corners, Halkias (or anyone good w/ crosses) must play against the Swedes or it'll get ugly fast. They had a couple of forwards that were decent but probably won't start over Allback and Ibraimovic. Their backline is not very fast either. I can see a speedy and/or opotunistic forward (either Salp
  12. I know that this is somewhat off-topic but Asteras striker Lucio Filomeno had a brief stint in MLS w/ DC United (1 goal in 13 games, it was a mid-season loan deal that never panned out). I wasn't impressed w/ him at all. Now, he's doing a great job at Asteras including goals against OSFP and AEK. MLS isn't the EPL or La Liga, but it's getting better and isn't complete crap like it used to be. I'm also hoping Mathis will be successful not only to keep Ergotelis up, but to prove that MLS and American soccer are quality.
  13. Wow...bizzare, albeit a quality signing. He can play either Attacking Mid or forward and has a very good shot from distance (~30 years). As long as he keeps focused (which remains to be seen), I think he will really help Ergotelis stay up (aren't they in last place at moment)?
  14. I agree w/ AEK-MTL, this would a great move for him though I'd hate for Panionios to lose one of their best players. From a Ethniki perspective, I'd really like this move cuz it would give him better international exposure and practice. Given Otto's tendency (of the Greek-based players) to only seriously pick and play players from the big 3 (AEK, PAO and OSFP), I think if he went to Werder, his chances of starting at left back, making the Euro 2008 squad and being our (solid) left back for the next decade would skyrocket.
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