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  1. I haven't been involved in this conversation, mainly because some of the comments are ridiculous and I don't know where to start. So I'll address some general points: 1) This team can go to South Africa, but let's face it, we have the weakest group in qualifying, IF we make it there it's not exactly a stretch. 2) Kyrgiakos is the best Greek defender and the best defender in Greece. He's aerially superb, passionate, and deceptively sharp in the tackle. He's also not as slow as people make out. As for the Sweden game, which you guys are criticising him about, he was superb! It was the best centre-back performance I've seen for Greece since Euro 2004. He made 1 mistake for the 2nd goal, but he completely dominated Ibrahimovic. Ibra had to come away from his target-man position and drop deep (where Katsouranis should have picked him up) to hit a shot from distance in to the top corner. There's nothing Kyrgiakos could have done there. He's a top class defender and is capable of playing for a very good team in the Premiership, i.e. Aston Villa or Everton. So he's perfectly capable. 3) Haristeas deserves a place in the squad, I too believe that we should try Mantzios and Gekas up front together, but Haristeas could be an excellent impact player. Why? Because he's fantastic in the air, anyone that says he can't head the ball is either blinkered by their dislike of him or they simply haven't got a clue about football. 4) The player that need to be replaced are: Dellas (too slow), Avraam (simply crap), Basinas (too slow, but can be a useful squad player with his passing ability).
  2. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :gr: :gr: :band: :band:
  3. According to Sportdog.gr Panionios are very close to signing Anorthosis' Polish forward Lukasz Sosin. Over the course of the season his game has dropped an awful lot and I think the 32 year old is starting to show signs of aging. He should have been signed by a Greek side 3-4 years ago but everyone was sleeping. Now I'm not sure how good he'll be by next season, but I'm sure he'll be a major upgrade as a target man than Delura. Therefore this will be a good move by Panionios if it's true.
  4. I've got to say I'm shocked that so many here don't like the play-offs. Aren't you excited at the prospect of playing in the CL?PAO = Anything other than CL football will be a failure. Possible consequences: Another crack at the CL which will mean PAO has more chance of holding on to its big play. If PAO doesn't make the CL I wouldn't be suprised to see HTC and Simao leave, and the prospect of signing any "big" players as has been promised will evaporate. AEK = AEK is the most in form team in the league as we approach the play-offs. Possible consequences: If the club makes the CL AEK's financial situation will improve drastically which will benefit the club hugely in both the short and long term. PAOK = Making the CL would cap a wonderful come back for one of Greece's biggest clubs. Possible consequences: Making it could turn the fortunes of this club and subsequently the superleague forever! If they don't make it though then PAOK's big chance might disappear, look at the way Aris and Panionios have fallen away in the space of 1 year. The play offs are exciting, I can't wait :tup:
  5. As you know I'm one of the biggest critics of Greek teams, especially PAO which I consider to be a sleeping giant yet everyone (the board, the fans, etc) seems satisfied that the giant is asleep as long as he stirs every now and again <_< BUT, since the Ira game where PAO where abysmal I've seen enough promising things to know that PAO is moving in the right direction. I've read things in the media that suggest otherwise but I'm confident in HTC's ability and I think it's imperative that he stays. If he doesn't I'll give up on this club once and for all!
  6. Good points Cyber, but the fact remains that Gilberto will probably only be able to play at this level for one more season, the same probably goes for Karagounis. So if PAO allows Tziolis, Mattos and Simao to leave then the team may be in crisis in 2 seasons. If Mattos and Tziolis are to go then I'd be happy with Katsouranis as the replacement. (But that would also mean PAO would have to be prepared to spend more money again a year later, and as Drakos has said PAO's purchasing record isn't exactly great). However, if Simao is the one to leave then Katsouranis won't be a sufficient enough replacement (neither will Mattos for the reasons you've mentioned). I'm not saying Kats isn't a good player, but Simao is a Owen Hargreaves style holding midfielder (runs around like a lunatice winning the ball) that's what PAO needs to play alongside [email protected] Drakos: There are no easy games, but there are games that PAO rest Gilberto for and still expect them to win.
  7. Although I agree that Otto overlooks players I'm afraid that I strongly disagee that any of the players you mentioned are good enough to play at NT level.
  8. Derbyshire's goal was also offside so Panionios did indeed deserve more from the game.
  9. Well why not? Gilberto isn't getting any younger, he has one more season at best so why not rotate him and play Mattos against the "easier" opposition in the Superleague. In 2 years he'll take Gilberto's spot.I virtually guarantee that Simao will be sold and Katsouranis will be brought in as a replacement though <_<
  10. The Daily Star chat more rubbish than any other newspaper in the UK. Ignore it.
  11. Very true! Although I want to keep Mattos too.
  12. Keep them! They're great. They're so exciting and they add some extra spice to our monotonous league. Plus, the winner gets to go into the Champions League, and bear in mind that the Champions League is a cup competition. So we want teams that are strong in those types of "knock out" scenarios to be in the CL.
  13. Re are you joking?Agritis? Are you talking about Anestis Agritis? :blink: Dimoutsos is a right sided midfielder, not left and he sits on the bench at OFI, a team on the verge of relegation from the superleague. Papas as in Haris Papas of Xanthi? This team would struggle to stay up in the Superleague, at international level we'd finish bottom of the group.
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