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AEK Athens / Re: AEK vs MOL Vidi
« on: August 28, 2018, 10:34:12 AM »
Guessing the lineup could be

Bakakis.  Lambro  Oikonomou  Hult
                     Simoes.     Gala
Klonaridis.          Livaja.            Mantalos

AEK433 everyone has moved to the new website, come on over!

Greeks Abroad / Re: Xolebas - Watford
« on: August 27, 2018, 04:04:23 AM »
What a fantastic goal.

He also got 2 assists against Brighton on the opening matchday. The first assist was off a well worked set-piece. A pinpoint perfect cross. The second assist was pure luck, the ball bounced off of him to a teammate who still had a lot to do create the goal. Nonetheless Holebas showed some great footwork in the build up to the second goal.

The guy is top class and it's painful to know he won't be part of the Greek NT moving forward. He would easily be our best player.

Panathinaikos / Re: XANTHI VS PANATHINAIKOS. AUGUST 26 2018.
« on: August 26, 2018, 07:49:16 PM »
Massive for PAO.
Very massive.    When you see 18,  19, 17 years old Greek kids performing at a high level.....your heart bleeds!    Gate 13 was there and made a difference.   We need to support this team.   Hopefully they sell a lot of season tickets this week.

« on: August 24, 2018, 04:09:58 PM »
Burnley fan stabbed in the leg apparently prior to the game.

Yea. They also said 3 other fans robbed and beaten.

I think the guy was stabbed in the leg most probably - but the UK lot like to exaggerate to make a headline and play the victim. He was okay to attend the game so it can't have been that bad. The 3 other fans robbed and beaten? Sounds like they were robbed of their Burnley paraphernalia as often happens. No mention of the 26 Burnley fans arrested for being disorderly by the media.

Prob a bunch of lager louts not understanding that the typical chav behavior that gets them by in whatever shithole they come from will get them beaten in another country.  There are no shortages of Brits behaving badly when abroad, particularly on the islands.  As bad as it sounds, whenever I hear about a British national getting shivved on Santorini, I immediately think it's sad for their family but I'm usually certain the person picked a fight.

« on: August 24, 2018, 12:00:47 AM »
@SPQR - I see well I guess Lazaros isnt a bad backup to have....

I thought it was a penalty it looked to me that he drew his left arm out, I havent seen it since the game so could be wrong but I thought it was more of a penalty than Burnleys.

Burnley are an aggresive and physical side. Lack of experience in Europe showed however. Good result all the same, should be enough to go through. The British sure are taken a beating from the Greeks this year, if only Asteras did their part.

« on: August 23, 2018, 08:06:14 PM »
Nice goal by Kostas, surprised Lazaros lets him take them.

Another 50/50 call tonight. Harsh peno to give but Woods experience showed there he went looking for it and Camara bought it.

Terrible attempt of a save by Gianniotis, either go all the way left, right or stay in the middle, that was an amateur attempt of a save.

Bouchalakis just made it 2-1.

AEK Athens / Re: MOL Vidi vs AEK
« on: August 22, 2018, 09:56:01 PM »
Overall, a good result but our play in the second half--especially when Bakasetas got sent off--tapered off considerably and we were lucky to escape with a win.  Either way, we need more consistency and pace in Athens, and Ouzounidis needs to be faster with those changes when he sees a drop in intensity.

Hult and Alef were guilty of some seriously bad plays but we got the result.  Bakasetas aside from the goal was awful.  It's not enough to make me think he's essential this season. 

General Discussion / Re: Turkey
« on: August 22, 2018, 03:01:11 AM »
It's becoming more and more likely that Turkey will forego its membership in NATO. The final nail in the coffin appears to be Turkey's handling of pastor Brunson's detention.

As far as I can discern, the coup against Erdogan, which the Turks believe Brunson had been involved in, was for the better part a desperate plot carried out by groups within the country that were feeling the pressure of Erdogan's tightening grip. This was not a well coordinated effort made at the behest of the foreign entities tied to Gullen. The plotters acted primarily on their own accord--without the direction of the American government.

This pastor is possibly an American agent of sorts (probably limited to the gathering of intelligence, if anything). It's unlikely he provided material support to this coup. This same Turkish government said those two Greek soldiers who foolishly found themselves in Turkish territory about 6 months ago, were spies too. The reality was that was ruse to force Greece's hands in returning the handful of coup plotters who sought asylum in Greece, just like Turkey is doing now trying to use Brunson as leverage to get Gullen. Of course, the Greek soldiers weren't spies. And now Erdogan has allowed them to go free. What impeccable timing! In all likelihood, he's trying to  make believe the notion that Turkish courts in his country are free to act in accordance to the law, not necessarily in accordance to Erdogan's thinking alone. Their release was clearly used for propaganda purposes.

Erdogan and his government thought they could push their weight around and make threats about leaving NATO. He's the loudest tin-pot dictator in the world at the moment. Of all the political players in the world, none have a more exaggerated conception of their standing in the world and none are as dispossessed of humility. Well now their pride and honor are at stake and they'd rather make a bad move than sacrifice it just to save face among the public continues to support Erdogan amid a growing economic crisis. Good, let them shot themselves in the foot. Let him grovel to Merkel, whom not too long ago he was calling a Nazi.

PAOK / Re: PAOK in Europe
« on: August 21, 2018, 11:52:58 PM »
Yeah exactly. They are all playing for each other and are all good footballers. Warda looked good there and Vierinha provides spark from the left back position. Overall the team is doing well and can be serious contenders for the League title or might even win it.

Olympiacos / Re: Transfers
« on: August 20, 2018, 01:15:21 AM »
Some great points and Reaper you hit the nail on the head.

In regards to Greek football in general, hard to get big names now given only OSFP and PAOK are able to pay big wages these days, the other clubs are just not at any great level financially which is why it's so important AEK make the CL group stages.

Asteras and Atromitos under performing in Europe is a big blow to those clubs but also the bigger picture for Greece, both clubs should have progressed and it would have landed them both big euro's.

The other part that Reaper mentions is the plain old stupidity, we keep seen championships or cups with so much promise because it's close and not certain winner be ruined by silly fan behavior or like last season, presidents and officials making a mess of the situation - then the league gets suspended and what for? No actually fix gets put in place!

We saw the TV rights nearly postpone the league AGAIN, and you just dont know what is in stall for us this season, we have the prospect of a good 3 way challenge but let's see if football prevails

AEK Athens / Re: MOL Vidi vs AEK
« on: August 18, 2018, 08:31:16 PM »
When you beat a team from Luxembourg, that gets Barcelona shaking in their boots.

Malakies.  This should be the closest thing to a cakewalk we get in the past 20 years of CL qualification.  It's ours to lose. 

Panathinaikos / Re: Panathinaikos General News
« on: August 17, 2018, 08:11:20 PM »
 Οι νέες φανέλες του Παναθηναϊκού! (pics)

« on: August 16, 2018, 11:40:36 PM »
We should win this one. Lazaros is showing great form and I hope it continues. We signed this new midfielder, let's see how he does.

Olympiacos / Re: Europa Cup
« on: August 16, 2018, 10:35:51 PM »
Burnley it is

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