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Everything posted by kbxk508

  1. Team is largely made up of inexperienced players, players who have disappointed, who have been shunned in the past or who have failed at club and international level. This will be interesting. It’s too early in the morning to be watching a horror movie.
  2. Greece needs a win more than Italy needs a win. Italy will qualify regardless. If we draw or lose then we are out mathematically. So while the score is 0-0, we should approach this match as do or die and try and win it. Any winning score will do. Even 1-0, with just 1 attempt on goal would do.
  3. Barkas is out with injury also https://www.to10.gr/podosfero/superleague/742879/minyma-tis-aek-ston-barka-pic/
  4. Willem II vs AZ played yesterday and featured 3 Greece players. AZ are third in the league whereas Willem are 10th. Pavlidis, Vrousai started for Willem and Hatzidiakos subbed in 2nd half. Willem's goal came from a chest pass by Pavlidis to Vrousai who did well to control the ball and then deliver a good pass for the goal. Pavlidis has quite a presense. He had some great chances including a missed penalty, that ballooned over the bar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib2--cgjPWU
  5. Game is at the Olimpico in Rome - 13/10/2019. While we may be without Soc and Manolas, it will be a huge opportunity for Greece players against one of the top football nations. I hope to see a hungry, motivated team with something to prove, and try to take it up to Italy. At least try and make them earn it.
  6. This guy must be also knocking on the door. https://m.sport24.gr/football/EllinesExoterikou/o-fountas-skorarei-me-mania-kai-trelainei-thn-aystria.5611095.html
  7. Squad announced Μπάρκας, Βλαχοδήμος, Διούδης, Μπακάκης, Γιαννούλης, Σιόβας, Τσιμίκας, Σταφυλίδης, Χατζηδιάκος, Λαμπρόπουλος, Σιωπής, Κουρμπέλης, Ζέκα, Μπουχάλακης, Βρουσάι, Γαλανόπουλος, Μάνταλος, Κουλούρης, Μπακασέτας, Παυλίδης, Δώνης, Λημνιός, Φετφατζίδης, Μασούρας, Ρέτσος https://www.sport24.gr/football/ellada/ethniki_elladas/oristiko-xwris-manwla-swkrath-kai-samarh-h-ethnikh.5610395.html
  8. This one is on the coach for me. You are playing away and are up 1-0 at HT and leave the one guy who done very little and with a yellow card come back on the field in 2nd half. Maybe that's harsh and granted the ref's decision to dish out a 2nd yellow and subsequent red to Benzia was brutal, the coach should have taken action at the break. Also that missed opportunity at the 85' was devastating, brutal as it would have given Oly the lead 2-1 and I think the team would have won it with 10 men. You could tell it was such a psychological blow to many of the players and while not making
  9. No Soc, Manolas, Toro and Samaris - wow https://www.sport24.gr/football/ellada/ethniki_elladas/ethnikh-o-fan-sip-kovei-manwla-swkrath-samarh-kai-torosidh.5608259.html
  10. Two players currently in good form are Velios and Diamantakos. https://www.contra.gr/podosfairo/diamantakos-o-punk-for-stin-ypiresia-tis-zankt-paoyli.7502302.html?utm_source=Contra&utm_medium=TopStories_article&utm_campaign=24MediaWidget&utm_term=Pos3 Even though Velios and Diamantakos were not too good when they started for the NT they should not be disregarded if their form is good. Along with Mitroglou, Koulouris, Masouras, Fetfatzidis and Pavlidis we have some forward options. The problems are central and DM positions.
  11. It's easy to be critical of individual players. If a player has the talent and quality but then does not want to put in the effort on the field that is a problem. If a player does not have the talent and quality then all the effort on the field does not produce desired results for them or the team. Soc is not one those players. I was glad to read this https://www.to10.gr/podosfero/euro-2020/722780/sta-plana-tou-fant-sip-gia-tin-epomeni-mera-tis-ethnikis-o-sokratis/
  12. Coach van't Schip has copped a lot of criticism after the poor results. I found this interesting .. "... ακόμη και για έναν 'μπαρουτοκαπνισμένο', εγνωσμένης αξίας τεχνικό, το έργο 'ανοικοδόμησης' της εθνικής θα έμοιαζε δύσκολο και χρονοβόρο, and "Πόσω μάλλον για τον Ολλανδό, που προπονητικά δεν είχε να επιδείξει κάτι εντυπωσιακό και που έμοιαζε να έχει εκείνος περισσότερο ανάγκη από μια τέτοια συνεργασία, παρά το αντίθετο..." and "Σε κάθε περίπτωση η επιλογή του Φαν'τ Σιπ δεν ενθουσιάζει, καθώς μπορεί να ήταν ένας εξαιρετικός ποδοσφαιριστής με θητεία σε Άγιαξ και Τζένοα μετ
  13. This was a match we should have won without a coach, won it with our reserves. I cannot believe a team of professionals couldn't achieve a result. You'd think the introduction of a new coach would give players motivation. Instead, and I'll quote the commentator our attack was laboured. Not one decent dribble in 90 minutes. I anticipate that there will be some serious omissions vs Italy and more new faces in the squad. Realistically we are a long shot for the WC 2022, and it may be another 5 years before we make a major tournament again.
  14. If we can get off the floor, and get within 3 points of Fins by the last game then belief will be stronger and we may have an outside sniff. While we have mathematical chance we should play as well as we can to win each match with best possible starting lineup. If Van’t schip starts experimenting too much in remaining matches indicating he is preparing for WC 2022 qualifiers, then any small hope will be gone. He can do this once mathematically there is no chance of qualifying for example we lose Liechtenstein and Finland beats Italy tomorrow.
  15. Looks like Van Skip making a few surprises to the starting line-up Barkas Toro, Soc, Manolas, Stafylidis Kourbelis, Bouchalakis, Vrousai Masouras, Kolovos Koulouris https://www.sport24.gr/football/ellada/ethniki_elladas/ethnikh-elladas-me-ekplhkseis-h-prwth-endekada-toy-fan-sip.5590816.html
  16. Hoping on an improvement from the last 2 outings, which shouldn't be hard to do really. This is what I would like to see no goals conceded in the first half no goals conceded in the second half we score at least 1 Now if we accomplish that we will win the 3 points, which in the scheme of things is what we need. Without Mitroglou, Fortounis, Donis and Mantalos we will need to accomplish something we haven't in 3 years. Beat a nation ranked above us in the FIFA rankings.
  17. Squad of 23 announced Οδυσσέας Βλαχοδήμος, Βασίλης Μπάρκας, Αλέξανδρος Πασχαλάκης, Βασίλης Τοροσίδης, Μιχάλης Μπακάκης, Κώστας Τσιμίκας, Κώστας Σταφυλίδης, Σωκράτης Παπασταθόπουλος, Δημήτρης Σιόβας, Κώστας Μανωλάς, Μανώλης Σιώπης, Ανδρέας Μπουχαλάκης, Δημήτρης Κουρμπέλης, Κάρλος Ζέκα, Ανδρέας Σάμαρης, Γιώργος Μασούρας, Δημήτρης Πέλκας, Πέτρος Μάνταλος, Μάριος Βρουσάι, Δημήτρης Κολοβός, Γιάννης Φετφατζίδης, Ευθύμης Κουλούρης, Βαγγέλης Παυλίδης. https://www.epo.gr/News.aspx?a_id=49204&NewsType=22
  18. I don't think the 2nd penalty was fair. The defender was literally standing less than a meter away and the ball makes contact with the hand. Clearly it was not a deliberate act and the ref should have considered the distance between the opponent and the ball. Very harsh.
  19. Nothing better for a striker than to score and to do it in your debut match is the ultimate. https://www.toulousefc.com/fr/le-egalisateur-signe-efthymios-koulouris
  20. Έλα πίσω στην Εθνική Τσιολαρα. Χωρίς εσένα η ομάδα είνε για κλάματα ? https://m.sport24.gr/football/EllinesExoterikou/apoxairethse-th-saoydikh-aravia-o-tziolhs.5548859.html
  21. Well, I hope this guy can find success at Olympiakos. Only 22. https://m.sport24.gr/football/omades/Olympiakos/terezopoylos-poios-eisai-ntoyrmisai-o-superman.5549251.html I was surprised he wasn’t given a chance in June given the effort made to bring him into the squad.
  22. Looks like it will be official in coming days. New coach will be a foreigner. http://sportdog.gr/sports/podosfairo/article/525055/telos-o-anastasiadhs-apofash-grammenoy-mpam-me-kseno-texniko-dinoyn-kala-lefta
  23. A lot of things coming out are disturbing to say the least. One of the funniest ones was Soc asked the coach how he wanted the team to defend set plays, corners and free kicks, i.e. did he want zonal or man to man. Anastasiadis response was limited to more heavenly father, prayer mumbo jumbo.
  24. We have dug ourselves into a massive hole that will take a miracle to get out of. To make it, we will need to beat Finland home and away and beat Bosnia at home. The odds are less than 12.5% assuming we are 50:50 chance. Draws are useless now so the odds are even less. If we drop any points in Finland in Sep i.e. draw to them, then we will need for them to lose at home to Italy and for us to win our last 5 games. With Anastasiadis at the helm, we have 0% chance of winning in Helsinki. Behind the scenes they are searching for the next coach. Some on the board favour Ouzounidis
  25. I would take him and as a SM Hellas fan I would welcome it. What we need is someone that can step into the fold and bring a semblance of stability to the friggin squad. Someone that can get the best from the players. Identify the best Greek players, by skill and speed for each position. I’m sure half the people on this forum can do that. Decide on a formation, give the inexperienced players roles and only play the ones that are ready. A good coach would know who can and who can’t. We need to find 2 players one on the left and one on the right of Fortounis that can play with him. Not Bakas
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