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Posts posted by kbxk508

  1. Not everything is lost, but pressure builds with every lost point.
    I think we’re going to need 15-16 pts to get to 2nd i.e. 4 wins out of 6 matches starting with Kosovo. Hope that Georgia can draw Sweden. Our games with Georgia away and Sweden away will be difficult to win but will determine our fate. On current form we can’t win. Time for JVS to take some risks and play a more attacking lineup, and use both Tzimikas, Giannoulis in starting.
    It’s 5 months between now and the next qualifier. I hope we got some friendlies booked.



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  2. Result was disappointing but we didn’t deserve the win and that was just as disappointing. Two shots on target. The performance was a concern. Someone said this and I have to agree The lineup was right, but tactics were not.

    I thought Tzolis should have started on the left. Fortounis on the right. As they did with Honduras.

    Tziolis shouldn’t have come off. Coach and captain have to support and get the best out of him. He has the ability just needs time. He’s a creater, and gets in positions. Goals will come sooner or later.

    Bakasetas didn’t impact the match. His presence not felt. This is most concerning as he’s team captain. Hard to understand what his role is as he’s not linking well with defenders and forwards.

    Mavrias fell at a crucial time. Cost us. Same play, Limnios switched off. Their no. 18 had to be man marked and not allowed time and space on the ball anywhere near the box.

    Giakoumakis strayed offside from a set piece. Cost us the go ahead goal.

    Giakoumakis and Zecca suspended next match.

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  3. 18 hours ago, Brklyngrk said:

    Does the red carry over from the previous nations league?

    Hmm, this it what it says in the Regulations

    49.01 As a rule, a player or a team official sent off from the field of play and/or its immediate surrounds, including the technical area, is automatically suspended for the next match in the competition. In case of serious offences, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body is entitled to augment this punishment, including by extending it to other competitions.

    I’m not sure now, but I think he’s suspended

  4. Maybe if we had Fortounis in the starting line up from game 1 and/or we brought back Manolas and Soc, kept Siovas we might have qualified 1st. I would have like that.

    Maybe the coach should have gambled from the start and used a more attacking formation. I would have gone for that.

    These are plausible questions.

    However, there is one thing that is different from other qualifiers and was clear in the Slovenia game. I never felt we were going to lose that game. All players, in the team had shown grit, bled to the last minute to the best of their ability and created chances, like no other Greek team in the last 6 years. We dominated the match, just couldn't get the goal. There are a lot of young players who made debuts, and they will be better in the next qualifiers. Getting back to where we want to be is a slow, painful process.

    I am confident whoever we play in WC qualifiers, that we will be a difficult team to beat, even Pot 1 and 2 teams. I think we are heading in the right direction, and physically and mentally team is in a good place.

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  5. 9 hours ago, AEK RE GAMOTO said:

    Can anyone explain why this link states that today's tie means Greece is in Pot 4 for the upcoming World Cup draw?

    Others on here are saying we are in Pot 3.

    Which one is it?

    We are ranked 29 in UEFA and we are in Pot 3 for WC qualifiers.

    • Pot 1: 1-10 ranked 
    • Pot 2: 11-20 
    • Pot 3: 21-30 
    • Pot 4: 31-40 
    • Pot 5: 41-50
    • Pot 6: 51-55

    UEFA Rankings


    FIFA WC Qualifying Draw Procedure


    After making Pot 3, it gives me some hope we can make it 2nd if we get favorable draw

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  6. 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 WC.

    Huge game with Slovenia.

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  7. What a goal from Fortounis. One for the highlight reel. Then, sets up Bakasetas for the 2nd. Not easy to break down a team with 9-10 players behind the ball in there half.

    If we get a 3rd, I would take Fortounis off, and save / protect him for the Slovenia game.

    It will be good if we can get another 2 goals and Slovenia stays at 0-0

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  8. I think, he's going to try new starters, formations in Cyprus, and rotate the bench. This friendly is nothing more than a practice run, and a opportunity for the coach to try new players. Kyriakopoulos will be missing as he too is waiting for COVID test result. 

    Wow, 8 players at AEK have COVID, including 3 starters for the NT, Svarnas, Mantalos and Bakakis. Interesting to see who he starts, where they play and what formation he will go with.

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  9. 21 hours ago, Rockafeller Skank said:

    Our quality is nowhere near Sweden, Ukraine, Austria my mate.

    Iceland, Wales, Ireland, Slovakia sure on our good day, but you re delusional. We have no players, and the few players we have have been excluded from the team.

    I never said we are there now, but that is where we need to reach in 18 months. We do have the talent, but I agree that a lot of the quality we have has been excluded, but a lot of the new influx of talent is only just starting for the NT. It's too soon to judge. Need to give it time, and not all will make it, but that's what happens. Even Mitroglou needed 9 games before her scored his first goal for NT.

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