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  1. If we can maintain a winning form, stay injury free, then I believe we can reach 20-25 in the FIFA classification within 12-18 months, about where Sweden, Serbia, Poland and Ukraine are at the monent. Teams that I think we can compete with. We will need a good Euro qualifying campaign, get to Euro 2024 and pick up some good results, and then consolidate our position in League B. Hopefully some of our younger players can come through, and shine.
  2. 4 out 4 wins in 10 days. No goals conceded. Poyet couldnt have asked for a better start. Players can now have a good break. I like Poyet. He's old school, a little bit crazy. The real tests are coming in the next Euro qualifiers, but the way team is playing, gives me the belief that we can compete and beat stronger nations. I would love to see this Greece team in Germany in 2024.
  3. Looks like we are going to gain 20.1 pts and jump up 7 positions from 55 to 48. Live rankings https://football-ranking.com/fifa_rankings
  4. I think pot 1 will have 10 teams all from League A, then pot 2 the next 10 ranked teams including 5 from League A and 5 from League B.
  5. Yes, I agree with that I would have selected Saliakas, Nicolaou and Kiriakopoulos over Kotsiras, one of Goutas / Tzavellas and one of Dioudis / Paschalakis. If Baldock was available, I would take him as the team's starting RB. Who's our captain? Bakasetas or Mantalos
  6. Interesting development https://www.sport-fm.gr/article/podosfairo/ethniki-pithanotata-tha-klithei-amesa-o-mpaldok/4301682
  7. Tzolis is just 20. Has enormous potential, but the reality is when given the chances at Norwich, his performances weren't good enough. He needs to be managed well, and in hindsight would have been better to go a different league where he could get more playing time, and develop his game. But when PL comes knocking, and the signing fee is lucrative for a 19 y.o., it's a life changing opportunity and you can't say No. Saying that, we don't know what is going behind the scenes, if he's happy or not. Probably not, as he is not getting much opportunity to play with a club that's relegated. I am certain, that Norwich believed they had a gem and that the price they were picking him up for was a bargain. If you look at Liverpool, they bought Tzimikas for a similar price (I think it was a bit more, 12-13k) and he has been there for nearly 2 years, and while not a regualr starter, getting more game time now, he's defenitely improved, definitely happy and enjoying his time at Liverpool, and I would say his market value has gone up, or is expected to go up over the summer break.
  8. Not too many changes from what we've seen in the past. Interesting that Kourbelis, Papanikolaou and Fountas have come into the squad. Don't know much about Papanikolaou but I think he plays in a DM / CM position for Rakow who are 2nd in the Polish league and just won the cup. That's good. We need these type of players.
  9. T. Fountas has been doing well in MLS - 6 appearances; 5 goals 1 assist. I always thought he's a useful player with a good eye for goal.
  10. What a finish to the season for Suttgart and Mavropanos.
  11. More Greek goal scorers in Euro leagues this week than what the entire NT had during last WC qualifiers. Giakoumakis 2, Pavlidis 2, Limnios 2, Douvikas, Emanoulidis, Tsimikas
  12. Team did well, especially 1st half and it’s only our 2nd clean sheet in the last 10 matches. I was impressed with Siopis. He’s in good form. Pelkas, Limnios were pretty good. Unlucky for Giakoumakis to be given offside. Probably could have given him the benefit of the doubt in the absence of VAR.
  13. I would say 90% of the squad is as expected. Somewhat surprising is the omission of Giannoulis. Is he injured? I know he's not a starter at Norwich. He's brought in Kyriakopoulos, Nicolaou, Zota and Stafylidis and kept Goutas but has left out Manolas, Siovas and Soc. Kyriakopoulos and Nicolaou are regulars for their clubs in Italy and deserve the call up. The big surprise is the introduction of 19yo Kourfalidis who I have never heard of before. Here's what his coach thinks of him "According to Matsari, the Greek is a modern midfielder who combines athletic skills with technical training and maturity, while spreading his leadership qualities on the grass without hesitating to either fall with force in battle whenever needed or to attack. Elements that pushed Cagliari to proceed with the early renewal of his contract, which expired in the summer of 2023, until June 2026." 🙂
  14. Coaches need to have different tactics depending on the opponent. The problem with Greece under JVS is that we struggled to beat Kosovo, Georgia at home. Tactics too predictable, and easy to defend against. The away match to Sweden 1st half was the blue print, with the only exception is that we didn’t score. International coaching and Club coaching are very different. Poyet will be coaching a national team for the first time. He may do alright or better. To be honest if we can’t top NL group C then he may not be the right man. Let’s see who he picks and what tactics he uses.
  15. Source: https://www.transfermarkt.com/griechenland/startseite/verein/3378 Socratis current market value is 3m euro, link: https://www.transfermarkt.com/sokratis-papastathopoulos/profil/spieler/34322 Also, it's worth pointing out that Sporting Lisbon was ready to pay 12m euro for Bakasetas in Jan transfer period, but he declined it, citing he wanted to win the League with Trabzanspor: https://www.sport24.gr/football/mpakasetas-i-sportingk-plirone-ti-ritra-12-ekatommyrion-kai-ekeinos-arnithike.9548118.html.
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