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I believe Tsimikas will be our number 1 LB going forward. He just signed for Liverpool and he had a great season for Olympiakos. On top of that Van’t Schip has said good things about him. Unless he isn’t thinking of changing the winning lineup. He would have to find replacements though for Hatzidiakos and Galanopoulos as they are both recovering still. My replacements would be Mavropanos and Vasiliadis.

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The situation is messy.  Yes, we have our best 3 CB's out but the ultimate question is, who runs the team ?  JVS has let everyone know who he thinks it should be. Siovas had a HUGE brain fart mom

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You dudes are really asking for it. What does Greece havE? Good defence. How we gonna line up? Karnezis Torosidis - Siovas - Manolas - Sokratis - Retsos - Papadopoulos - Tzavellas - Staf

It's a big year for Mavropanos at Stuttgart, needs to be a starter and keep himself fit. If he does that can easily see him starting for the Ethniki, there is no one player atm who has cemented their spot at center back for the NT.  I can't see Sokratis/Manolas returning anytime soon so the spots really are up for grabs. Stafylidis is serviceable against weaker opposition but he's not a long time solution, plus he hardly played at club level over the last season. Hatzdiakos looked solid but is coming off a long term injury and is still a little unproven. Siovas is aging but has a role to play, especially with Sokrati and Manolas out. Retsos too has missed a lot of football through injury and then falling out of favour. 

Bottom line is there are spots up for grabs, it's on the certain players to perform at club level and make those spots their own. 

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Well we have our 1st game coming up, which is September the 3rd. Mavropanos seems the most impressive. He also has been playing. Siovas seems like the other candidate for CB. Both these guys seem like they will start. I’m not a big fan of Poungouras who has been mentioned in the past. I’d rather see Mavropanos play. Van’t Schip might go with Stafylidis at CB but he hasn’t played lately so who know what will happen. He has named him captain. Which is interesting because Van’t Schip has mentioned he will only select player who are playing and who are in form. So does that mean Stafylidis is not playing? Just seems weird to name a guy captain who doesn’t play regularly for his club.

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George Baldock, starter of Sheffield United wants to play for our NT.

I believe we have the material to win the Nations League Group we are at undefeated. If this is done we will see younger CBs like Chatzidiakos - Retsos - Mavropanos be more prepared when they are really needed.

 

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Look at this defence boys I am expecting a really good campaign. 

Vlachodimos/ Barkas

Baldock/ Retsos - Manolas/Mavropanos - Chatzidiakos/Sokratis - Tsimikas/Stafylidis/Giannoulis

 

With Zeka Siopis and the integration of Vasiliadis on the team I have high hopes.

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Is Baldock eligible to play for us?  Does anyone have the schedule of who we play and when?  I know our first game is September the 3rd. 

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7 hours ago, J1078 said:

Is Baldock eligible to play for us?  Does anyone have the schedule of who we play and when?  I know our first game is September the 3rd. 

Check our greece national football team Wikipedia. At the bottom there is the team's schedule. We also have some friendlies. About 8 matches in September October and November.

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14 hours ago, J1078 said:

Boys how does winning group C in the nations league help us for the world cup if at all? 

I believe it gets us into a playoff bracket where 3 teams will qualify for the World Cup along with the 10 group winners. Greece needs to top this group and have that playoff option and we need to start moving up the FIFA rankings.

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On 8/19/2020 at 8:59 PM, nasl said:

Jose holevas is back in greece and just signed with olmpiakos

https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/sport/18658722.former-watford-star-jose-holebas-signs-olympiakos/

Could we see a return to the national team ?

For the last campaign I said we should have him but now I don’t think he fits in especially with JVS shift to playing more of the younger guys.

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I wanted Holevas back when we had Skibbe but now the way the team is going and shaping up and his age it would be a step backwards for us.

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With Ilicic probably having quit football for a while (rumours that his wife cheated on him - thats why he missed the match vs PSG) there is no way I can see us not winning this Group. I am kinda scared of Kossovo because its a big question mark. Noone knows their true level yet, but even if they manage to draw - win us once I doubt they will not drop points vs other 2.

 

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We can’t take any team lightly. We have to do our job regardless of who we face. It’s embarrassing how low we are in the rankings. It’s no excuse losing and drawing against the likes of Faroes and Lichtenstein...

I want to see the same kind of effort and passion as we saw in the last four games we played. We must top the group. We can’t accept anything less.

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Bottom line is if we cant top this group then how can we think we have a chance at the world cup qualifiers.... Sure this group has a couple of tricky teams but lets be honest its GROUP C not A or B we have to top this group no excuses. Its embarrassing enough that we have fallen this low now its time to start climbing upwards and get back to some sort of respectability as a team because for the last few years we have fallen just above minnow status..

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Greece are always late with the call-ups when compared to other nations, I'd say there's a good chance they are announced tomorrow. Although traditionally the squad has been revealed on a Friday, so it wouldn't shock me if we have to wait until the end of the week before they go public with the announcement. 

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Greece definitely need to top this group as I said just to have a playoff option in our pocket should we need it. Also Slovenia, Moldova and Kosovo are nothing compared to the countries that we could possibly face in World Cup qualification. Let’s hope we top the group with ease and play well as was the case in the final euro qualifiers.

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I don’t know why Greece release the call ups late. Maybe it’s a strategy so the opposing team don’t have a good amount time to figure out who to look out for. Who knows...

I would like the call ups to be made public soon. I do believe that Van’t Schip has his list ready.

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According to this article Rota, Dioudis and Michalidis are going to be called up when JVS announces his squad sometime this week. Interested to see how Rota goes given our need for a right-back. Not surprising that Michalidis will be called up, given Van't Schip's obsession with finding a left footed center back. He's still raw but is showing potential and he is fantastic with the ball at his feet and more than capable of picking out teammates and sending them through. 

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