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  1. Good, and hopefully the other two will say no as well. Di Matteo would be stupid to ruin his reputation coming to the banana republic called Greece.
  2. Here are some of the new logos. It's nice to have ERA Spor back. The big question for us outside of Greece is if and when ERT World comes back.
  3. pash there are few differences this time around. Vryzas and co. (at least the main figures) are gone. They have been around since 2007. And since after Savvidis took over, they have done nothing of substance. Secondly, and I think it's very important, the debt that PAOK had (11 mil plus) has been erased. I think that Savvidis was waiting for this issue to disappear before he made a serious push to overhaul PAOK. The move to hire Arnesen is the first step in that direction. Hopefully he will be allowed to put his experience to work. I am sure that there will be a faction of PAOK fans with help from some media that will slowly start the backstabbing. That has been going on for years at PAOK. The question is if Savvidis will ignore those factions and moves forward.
  4. I would say Kitsiou, Konstantinidis, Pozoglou, Savvidis, Koulouris and some of the loaned players such as Pelkas, Papadopoulos, Popovic and Qose. The other thing with the youngsters is that some of them might be called up to play for the U19 in Euro finals and might not be able to help at the beginning of the season. As for EL, we might need some luck in the draw. For example if we get some team from Sweden, where the season is in full swing during the summer might pose problems. I thing the only tricky round will be the playoff round.
  5. In the above post the QR2 dates should be July 16 (Leg 1) and July 23 (Leg 2). The post needs couple more edits. I really hate that you can't edit your own posts on these forums. At the very least the PAOK forum needs an active moderator that can do some basic editing at a minimum.
  6. Well as expected Itandje is the first casualty. He is signing a 3-year deal with Rizaspor in Turkey. It is also being reported that Arnesen wants to give some of the younger players a chance to prove themselves. Here is my "12" Expired contracts: Itandje (already gone) Papadopoulos (as good as gone) Giakoumis (see no reason fro him to stay) Players still under contract Papagiannopoulos Maduro Martens (perhaps another loan until his contract expires) Tziolis Lucas (will be sold since he does not really want to play for PAOK) And the surprises: Rat Tzavellas Salpiggidis Noboa I am also sure we will get rid of Jacobo one in for all, and would not be surprised if we sold Klaus and Kace.
  7. Not being able to hold a lead after scoring for more than 13 seconds is becoming troublesome. I also question Q's defensive experiments with rookies in such pivotal game. We desperately need a win in the next game before going back to Florida.
  8. Heard on radio today that Arnesen has decided to cut around 12 players from the current squad. The only three players whose contracts expire this summer are Itandje, Papadopoulos and Giakoumis. That means that the rest will have to agree to leave and receive some kind of compensation. So what players do you think we will wave goodbye to in the next few weeks? Will there be any surprises?
  9. The first thing that needs to be taken care of is hiring a new coach. According to latest rumors PAOK is linked to Argentinian Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who in the past has coached Boca Juniors, Columbus Crew and Gimnaasia La Plata. He is quite young (42 years), which I believe is what PAOK needs, but what worries me is the fact that he has no European experience.
  10. Correct, it's on Sportnet World Now, the streaming service of Sportnet. Same thing with ESPN. The game is on the streaming service ESPN3 and not on their regular TV channels.
  11. PAOK as we all know will start the European campaign on July 16. Here is the breakdown PAOK's possible road to the Group Stage of Europa League, which should once again be PAOK's goal: QUALIFYING GROUP 2 (66 teams) SEEDING: Currently seeded in 2nd place with 40.880 points DRAW: June 22, 2015 LEG 1: June 22, 2015 LEG 2: June 22, 2015 POSSIBLE CONFIRMED OPPONENTS: IFK Gotteborg ? Sweden * Wolfberger AC ? Austria * Inverness CT ? Scotland * Cherno More Varna ? Bulgaria * * - Depending on results in QR 1, some of the teams can move to the seeded group QUALIFYING GROUP 3 (58 teams) SEEDING: Currently seeded in 5th place with 40.880 points DRAW: July 17, 2015 LEG 1: July 30, 2015 LEG 2: August 6, 2015 POSSIBLE CONFIRMED OPPONENTS: Vitesse Arnheim ? Holland * FK Jablonec ? Czech Rep. * Sturm Graz ? Austria * AEK Larnaca ? Cyprus * Hapoel Kyrryat Shmona ? Israel * Istanbul Basaksehir ? Turkey * AS Tirgu Mures ? Romania * SCR Altach ? Austria * * - Depending on results in QR 2, some of the teams can more to the seeded group QUALIFYING GROUP 4 (Playoff Round) (44 teams) SEEDING: Currently seeded in 5th place with 40.880 points DRAW: August 7, 2015 LEG 1: August 20, 2015 LEG 2: August 27, 2015 GROUP STAGE (48 teams) SEEDING: Currently seeded in 7th place of Pot 2 with 40.880 points DRAW: August 7, 2015 LEG 1: August 20, 2015 LEG 2: August 27, 2015
  12. The game is on at 2:45 EDT on ESPN3 and WatchESPN in US. Sportnet World and Sportnet 360 in Canada. The Poland - Greece game will be in beIN Sport Connect in Australia.
  13. We will be seeded all the way to group stage. We should make it to the group stage, where most likely all the Greek teams will end up (maybe except Atromitos) anyway. The only bad thing is that we need to start so soon. This will negatively impact the planning for the regular season. We need to appoint a coach this week, start bringing in new players, and treat the initial European games as pre-season training matches. The first two rounds of EL should an easy affair. The playoff round might be tricky, but since we are seeded, we should be ok.
  14. Not bad getting the initial win and claiming the home advantage. The two games in Chicago will dictate if it is going to be a short series or not. We need to win both.
  15. The playoffs is the worst thing that Superleague came up with.
  16. Yeah Providence. My son is doing a summer program at Brown University. Thinking of checking out Cape Cod while in the area. I've been to Boston before, so it's not a must thing, but my wife would like to check it out since she has never visited the city. We'll see.
  17. You got my support my friend. B) I might even be in your neck of the woods at the end of July, as I will probably travel with my son to Rhode Island and hopefully have time to make a stop in Boston.
  18. Players not available: Kace, Rat, Konstantinidis, Golasa, Salpi, Noboa Looks like Mak and Klaus will once again play with pain killer injections. Good luck to Georgiadis getting a competitive lineup in this game. If he even cares at this point. I would go with this: ------------------- Itandje ------------------ Skondras - Vitor - Costa - Tzavellas Kitsiou --- Savvidis --- Tziolis -- Mak ------ Klaus -------- Papadopoulos -- For some players this will be the last game in PAOK's jersey
  19. I don't think they saw eye to eye since Vryzas tried to unload him to some Turkish team after one season with PAOK.
  20. vs MATCHUP: Asteras Tripolis - P.A.O.K. Thessaloniki COMPETITION: Superleague - Round 11 DATE: 07-June-2015 TIME: 20:30 GR (17:30 GMT, 12:30 CDT, 03:30 AEST next day) CITY / STADIUM: Tripoli ? Th. Kolokotronis Stadium (Capacity: 7,717) REFEREES: TELEVISION: Nova Sports (Greece), Sport Plus on tape delay (USA/Canada) Asteras Tripolis vs P.A.O.K. History 2014-2015: 3:0 - Attendance: 2,449 2013-2014: 1:0 - Attendance: 1,845 (play-offs) 2013-2014: 2:1 (Athanasiadis) - Attendance: 2,351 2012-2013: 1:2 (Athanasiadis, Katsouranis) - Attendance: 2,634 (play-offs) 2012-2013: 1:0 - Attendance: 2,218 2011-2012: 1:0 - Attendance: 1,892 2010-2011: 0:0 - Attendance: 2,367 2009-2010: 1:1 (Fotakis) - Attendance: 2,500 2008-2009: 0:2 (Anastasakos, Conceisao) - Attendance: 2,092 2007-2008: 2:0 - Attendance: 3,685 GAMES: 10 WINS: 2 TIES: 2 LOSSES: 6 CURRENT PLAYOFF STANDINGS: 1. Panathoinaikos - 15 2. Asteras Tripoli - 7 3. Atromitos - 5 4. PAOK - 4
  21. No the captain can't fix problems, but he can raise the concerns. He, Salpi and Glykos as captains should have brought up the problems to everyone's attention. Nobody is bringing up the fact that there was a war between Vryzas and Anastasiadis from the start if not from the past two seasons. The hiring od Anastasiadis by Savvidis without having Vryzas step down first was a serious mistake.
  22. And I would say that if he was there from the beginning we would be in much better shape. There is a reason why the Vryzas clan did not want him on the team in any capacity.
  23. And if there are problems in the locker room, Klaus as a team captain should have come out earlier and address the situation. Perhaps we would have made a better showing in the playoffs. I think the first half of the season, we did well because the players were fresh and playing to their full potential. But even then Anastasiadis only used 13 to 14 core players in every game. We had no back up players. Once the injuries and fatigue stepped in we had no answers. The so-called "electro shock" by replacing the coach backfired as well. It probably made things worse.
  24. I think you might be right. After today's win I also think it will end in 5 games. Lightning came out blazing in the first period and got a lucky bounce that went in, but Hawks really put on some pressure in the 2nd and 3rd periods and eventually got rewarded with some good plays by Teravainen, and some key saves by Crawford to keep the team in the game.
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