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Everything posted by kbxk508

  1. Fortounis not starting for Olympiakos doesn't automatically mean that Fortounis shouldn't start for NT. We are not that blessed with talented forwards / attacking midfielders. The selections and dynamics for club and country are completely different. Olympiakos has players and systems that work differently to that of the NT. If you disagree, then Karagounis should not have played for the NT 2003-05 when playing for Inter Milan.
  2. JVS philosophy is good for the NT and I hope for his sake that we can beat Slovenia in the final game. Our UEFA ranking is 29, and we need to get that under 20 as quickly as possible. We cannot remain a Pot 3/4 team for a long time. We have the quality to be on par if not better than Iceland, Wales, Sweden, Ireland, Ukraine, Austria, Slovakia who are in the top 20.
  3. Agreed. The aim was to put up a starting line up with my four best Greek players. Donis if fit and healthy is a DEFINITELY another option. I would have liked to seen more of Rota, as he looks like the sort of player who can run and link well with forwards for 90'. He's only 20. JVS should have given him mins vs Austria. I read it somewhere, and not sue about it, but if Hellas don't top NL Group then JVS will be let go. Interesting times.
  4. Form and injuries aside, my starting line up for NT Vlachodimos Retsos Hatzidiakos Manolas Tzimikas Vasilliadis Bouchalakis Limnios Fortounis Fountas Pashalidis (squad) GK: Vlachodimos, Barkas, Dioudis DEF: Manolas, Soc, Siovas, Hatzidiakos, Retsos, Tzimikas, Giannoulis, Kyriakopoulos, Stafylidis MF: Vasilliadis, Bouchalakis, Galanopoulos, Kourbelis, Fortounis, Pelkas F: Limnios, Fountas, Bakasetas, Pashalidis, Masouras Read a really dumb article about Soc on Contra.gr. For me Soc has been one of the best Greek players in the last 10 year
  5. Our top tier players are Manolas 32m euro, Vlachodimos 16m euro, Tsimikas 9m euro and Fortounis 8m euro. Next tier in terms of market value 3 - 6m euro are Retsos, Barkas, Giannoulis, Soc, Siovas, Limnios, Fountas, Pashalidis, Mantalos, Vasilliadis, Tziolis, Bouchalakis, Kiriakopoulos, Bakasetas and Masouras. Third tier with market value 1 - <3m euro; Stafylidis, A. Donis, Fetfatzides, Michaelidis, Mavropanos, Bakakis, Hatzidiakos, Svarnas, Charlambidis, Zeca, Kourbelis, Galanopoulos, Koulouris and Dioudis. Final and fourth tier, those with market values < 1m euro; Tzave
  6. He had a chance to move to Cardiff in 2018 when they were in the PL but turned it down. Was eventually loaned out to Galatasaray. That didn't work out. Then he was on loan at PSV, used mostly as a sub, scored 1 goal. Not much mins. Back at Marseille, not playing and will see out his contract, which runs to 30Jun21. He'll be 33, so who knows what he'll do then. What's not clear, is what condition he's in.
  7. Haha, no way. Moldova is ranked 175. There is only Liechtenstein, Malta, Gibraltar and San Marino beneath them in the Eurozone. If we drop points, to Moldova, then better not come back to Greece.
  8. So it seems. Unless he told JVS to go <expletive> himself, then I don't get the life time ban. What is this? Maybe JVS doesn't rate him, or he's too old or he's too short. We could have done with his positional smarts on the RH side. Just saying. For the record, Fetfa was subbed in 84' vs Bosnia (for Limnios), has played NMT 10 mins in a single match under JVS and assisted 1 goal for the NT. Not bad.
  9. Just my thoughts. Now we will probably need to beat Slovenia at home to top the Group. If we fail to top thIs Group, it will be another flop. We struggled to get our FBs behind them. Limited our attacking. JVS should have brought on Fetfa, I mean Rota, and not Lambroloulos and gone to a 3 5 2. Bouchalakis strengths are his passing game and shooting. When that goes, better to stay on the bench. We lack pace in the midfield. We need more orthodox RB or change to 3 5 2. Hatzidiakos is better as CB, not RB. In the 4 2 3 1 formation either he stays as CB and partner
  10. It does. We get promoted to League B + we slowly climb up the FIFA rankings. For 2022 Qatar, Europe qualifiers First round, 10 group winners automatically qualify for Qatar. Second round (play-offs( will be contested by the ten group runners-up and the best two Nations League group winners, based on the Nations League overall rankings that finished outside the top two of their qualifying group. The format, is three groups of 4 (12 teams) vying for 3 places, playing single leg semi finals and a single leg final. No home and away games. It's unlikely we will be Group winners
  11. Oh, I saw an EPO video and I thought Stafylidis was in the squad. Cool. In that case, I think he will start Svarnas who was invited to the press conference. I get JVS. After the draw with Lietchenstein, he just made up his mind to start with a new breed of players. He looked at the core leadership group, Soc, Torosides, Manolas, all players that the younger players look up to, and thought if I go forward with these guys they would be a hindrance to his plans, vision. And, we know what happened to the previous coach.
  12. Possible starting line-up Barkas* Rota Hatzidiakos Stafylidis Giannoulis Kourbelis Zeca Limnios Bakasetas Pelkas* Pavlidis* *Or Vlacho, Fountas, Fortounis But, seriously we should be able to field a B side vs Moldova and get the desired result.
  13. Surely, Rota has to make his debut vs Moldova, when the first selection is out injured. Otherwise, why invite him. Currently plays at Fortuna Sittard. Recent highlights vs VVV-Venlo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1HIGRjVJo0
  14. Let's hope we don't slip up with Moldova. It's been ages since we scored more than 2 goals in a match.
  15. Here is an interesting stat. Bakasetas, GP 27 Goals 0. When you consider the position he plays, he has to be due to open his account for the NT. The other stat I don't like is Koulouris GP 16, Goals 0.
  16. Holebas decided to retire from NT during Scibbe era, and was invited back by Anastasiadis, but stayed away. Not the same. By the way, I'm a fan of van't Schipp, and I like what he is trying to do. Siovas was our best player in the 2 games just played. I can understand leaving out Soc, Manolas when you have at least Siovas. But, with Siovas demise, Hatzidiakos is not ready from a serious injury, Stafylidis inj., I think that at least one of Soc, Manolas will need to come back for the rest of Nation League as to go with inexperienced CBs is too risky. IMO. We have to top the Group in
  17. Dumping of Siovas is probably justified, for reasons given, and the coach can invite whoever he wants. Coach has in the past, said he has not discounted Soc, Manolas inclusion. But, why not come out at the start of NL and say the door is STILL open for Soc, Manolas but he is not going to use them for these matches. If he's never going to select them again, then at least let the players and media know, and his reasons for their exclusion. Like them or not, these players have given great service to the NT and deserve a bit better treatment, IMO.
  18. Looks like a deal has been done with Napoli. https://m.sport24.gr/football/EllinesExoterikou/napoli-symfwnhse-me-arsenal-gia-papastathopoylo.5746844.html
  19. Nike Greece 2020 home kit https://www.footyheadlines.com/2019/12/greece-euro-2020-home-kit.html?m=1
  20. I hope by the time WC qualifier start we can recover and get to Pot 3 to have a slim chance. Can you imagine coming up against two OR three top nations in qualifications. The top 13 UEFA nations are in the top 19 in FIFA. This is where we need to reach. Short term, we should be aiming to top our group in the Nations League, establish a home field dominance and from there build on a solid WC qualification campaign where we push the favorites down to the wire. We need to be competitive with Pot 1/2 teams. Maybe with a bit of luck we can place ourselves into a big match and anything can
  21. How good was it to see a Greece side play the last week. First we keep Italy at bay until the penalty and to be honest if Koulouris bagged his chance anything could have happened. Then we come out and play football, with Bosnia. Like a steam train. I could not believe Masouras had 7 chances in 30 minutes of football. Incredible. So to say I'm excited is an understatement. Here are my big takeaways. Hatzidiakos is a class back. He's positioning in set plays is good. His passes out of defence are smooth, crisp and hit the target. He was nervous with Italy, but he makes pas
  22. So the real reason Vlachodimos wasn't picked in the Italy match was due to a rib injury, which will keep him out of the Bosia match. Meaning our no. 1 and no. 2 goalies are both out injured. https://www.sport24.gr/football/ellada/ethniki_elladas/ethnikh-elladas-skeftetai-allages-o-fan-sip.5618012.html
  23. One thing about Van't Schip is to expect the unexpected. To start Paschalakis after not selecting him in the original team squad was a strange one. I would have liked to know the thought behind that one. Another surprise was Bakasetas in the no. 10 position for the first time. While he did not score, his pass to Limnios was brilliant, he was involved in all our three scoring opportunities. Also, in the first half he covered a lot of ground as all players were behind the ball when defending, which was a tactic. I had a feeling after the Armenia loss that team selections would get inte
  24. Italy had 79% possession but didn't really create anything. Greece not afraid to press up and on occasion box them in their last third. Limnios doing well on the RHS. The longer it stays 0-0 the more interesting it will get as I'm sure Italy will press and we may be able to get them on the counter.
  25. Going to plan. I have to say the tactics are spot on. As players get tired, JVS can bring on Donis and Pavlidis and see what they can do. Zeca is a workhorse.
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