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  1. If you think Limnios is not good enough for PAOK you guys are crazy ha ha. What if Zivkovic is out of form or injured, are we going to rely on Jaba ? Limnios is a work horse who helps defend and wears down his opponent - that's his style (think Campos). He's the anti Rodrigues so to speak. He'd be a good signing. Not awesome, not a "bam" but definitely solid.
  2. Why wouldn't we extend Schwab's contract ? He was very good for us in the first half of the season and is a really good player to have as a rotation option.
  3. Thing is unless you're there watching these kids in training etc. it's too difficult for us to judge the next up and comer. I was certain Mystakidis would become a first team player and Giannoulis pfft he was *never* going to make it. So what do I know. Likewise with Lyraztsis. I thought he was just too physically weak for us and wondered why we hadn't gotten rid of him and all of a sudden this season he's bloomed. Hopefully he continues improving.
  4. Hmmm, I'd take Limnios on loan in a heartbeat (assuming he's interested). He's played all season in Holland so he's match fit. He's got "run" which we're lacking and we also need a proper winger out on the right. He would definitely give us options in terms of rotation. If we can get better cool, but he wouldn't be a bad option me thinks.
  5. Well, that's how it goes if you want to bring up players from the youth. My attitude is if Lucescu didn't see something in the kid then he wouldn't throw him in. And against Olympiakos in Athens no doubt. All the team can do is give them opportunities and then it's up to the player to seize it. Do you want to train hard or go to the barakia and post pics on facebook.
  6. Sounds about right. I guess the papers have to create drama if none exists. Either way, nothing to see here.
  7. Yep Lucescu out (I heard it from a reliable source at the kafeneio) and we'll be getting Ancelotti to replace him.
  8. All things considered a very good result. The team averted the worst case scenario (disaster) of us missing out on Europe next season. How did Tsaousis play ? Also, nice to see Soares score a goal and also not get a yellow card.
  9. Nice observations @paokarag4. Overall I'm content with how the two games played out. I really expected Marseille to bash us and was expecting an aggregate loss of 4+ goals. We competed well for 3 out of the 4 halves of the games. Great run overall and hopefully more to come. Great adventures and stories of their trip to France from @Athens4 and @DunfermlineAthleticPAOK. Thanks for the stories guys. Much appreciated. It's a shame we couldn't score early. So many good chances but the boys gave it their all. This is where if we had a better class of striker it could've change the game. Give us a Milik and we'd win this game. I like Akpom, the kid is a work horse but he'll never be prolific. If had a Berg type of striker (when he was at his best) this could've been our game. As posters have noted, Marseille were there for the taking. Lots for the club to think about in the upcoming transfer period. Let's see which contracts get renewed (and piss off posters on this forum ha ha). As always, it'll be difficult to attract good talent to Greece. And lastly, El Khaddouri getting injured in the warm up, ha ha, what can you say.
  10. Looks like there will be changes regarding FFP rules. The change being clubs can only spend 70% of their incomes (presumably the 70% being on transfers and wages). Let's see what happens. Not sure how this would affect us as I find the financial side of PAOK a bit of a mystery.
  11. I was going to ask i.e. when was the last time AEK beat us, but you've answered the question. Man, talk a beat down!
  12. Just putting it out there but if the situation in Ukraine doesn't sort itself out it's possible Russia will be removed any everyone below will move up 1 ranking.
  13. Nope. It will be used to sign Ninis and Fetfatzidis.
  14. Looking a bit old there. Could do with some air brushing.
  15. Bodo or Slavia Prague obviously. The Dutch we are 80% eliminated or maybe 100% actually. The others, yeah we'll just be there for the ride. But hey we made it this far and anything more is a bonus. Speaking of bonuses, keep that sweet prize money rolling in. Found this really good website with a detailed breakup of prize money for each of the UEFA competitions and it also includes total prize money per club. https://www.football-coefficient.eu/money/
  16. I don’t think so. He hasn’t played much but in 9 appearances not a single yellow card.
  17. Hmm I haven’t checked that thread out in ages but I’m not surprised. A common theme I’ve seen over the years is for this need to have a scapegoat. Be it Katsouranis, Tziolis or whoever. Not that these guys were great, they had their flaws but somehow there was this belief if we replaced them everything else would fall into place. Now it seems to be Bakasetas and Mantalos. Most people can watch soccer all their lives but can’t read a game let alone understand how team management, psychology and cohesion works. Skill is but one factor in selecting a player. There are many other factors considered. If it was all about skill, just go and pick one of those guys you see in a park that can juggle the ball like a champion.
  18. Either way he's 5th choice CB even if we were to offer him a new contract (which would be bizarre). He's had 5 or 6 mostly good seasons with us, made himself some dollars and overall been a excellent transfer for us. Time to call it a day and look towards the future for both Varela and the club.
  19. I hope you’re right regarding modern medicine. He might get away with it to an extent being a CB. With a forward losing just a fraction of your acceleration it can make all the difference. Anyway I hope he recovers. I like the idea of having some players from our youth that aren’t just there to make up the numbers. Lyratzis, Michailidis, Tsingaras. I dream of Giannoulis and Tzolis coming back even though I know that’s silly. Having said that they are getting zero game time recently at Norwich. Lyratzis … what has his yiayia been feeding him ? I always figured him as 3rd choice RB and he was just there to make up the numbers. In a year or two he’d be loaned out and then off to obscurity. And now all of a sudden the kid is locking down RB and making it his own. Good to see and hopefully it’s not just a momentary bit of form.
  20. Yeah I remember reading about his son signing for Benfica but didn’t think anything of it. I mean who wouldn’t take that opportunity. So I didn’t read anything into it. If there any truth to the club being “offended” by it … well they should get over it. If anything his form had dropped considerably and we were leaking goals like a sieve. So I just figured he was dropped to give him a kick in the pants ego wise and he either couldn’t be bothered or just can’t play at the level anymore. A quite precipitous drop really. So I guess that’s that then. Crazy when you think about it. I can remember comments on this forum when we won the title like “Varela is king” (that made me laugh). A shame he couldn’t go out in a more dignified manner.
  21. The thing that worries me with these injuries is not so much the time which is bad in itself, it's the question of will the player ever fully recover. Some do, but some don't and they're never the same.
  22. Varela ... what the hell happened there? He went from being a first team player to not even being picked in match squads in a matter of what seems like weeks. Did somebody hurt his feelings and he's called it a day ?
  23. 3 yellows in 6 appearances. It is encouraging that he’s already understanding the team philosophy. I say extend his contract.
  24. How did the new kid Soares look ? I hope for 2.5 million there is something there.
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