Following the stadium ban imposed on Olympiakos, the game was played in an empty stadium, but this did not prevent Olympiakos players from enjoying themselves on the pitch. They demonstrated the same cohesion, determination and technical abilities that allow them to win the Greek Super League with 6 games to spare.
Olympiakos started the game well and kept possession of the ball for long periods of the match. Panthrakikos was happy to let their opponents have the ball provided they do not create goal scoring opportunities against them.
There are reports that Greek football club Panserraikos might be getting new investors from Germany. The team suffering from financial problems has been on the brink of administration and hope that the new investors will be able to inject fresh capital to save the club.
Discussions are still going on between the German group as well as the club management, and each party will want to complete the transaction soon enough so that the team can have sufficient time to prepare for the next season.
Panserraikos has constantly been hit with financial problems ever since the death of its chairman PetrosTheodoridis. They have suffered successive relegation and find themselves in the amateur 3rd Greek division. There has been attempt by the chairman son to sell the club to a Russian investor, Konstantin Vostrikov, but the deal has not been really successful. Poor day-to-day management and poor knowledge of Greek football by the Russian business tycoon has caused the club to decline.
Panserraikos fans hope that the German investors will be able to not only bring money to the table but also bring new ideas to a club that has long been suffering from poor management.
Brown Ideye is not content with the number of goals that he has already scored in the Greece top flight.
He has suggested that he would look to just keep adding to his goals’ count till the season is running.
With the contributions of Ideye and some of the other players, Olympiacos is already on its way to the Greek top flight title.
They are placed ahead of the other teams in the standings by quite some margin.
The no. 2 team is behind them by 18 points which shows how dominant they have been in the season.
And not only in Greek top flight, the Red-Whites were actually coasting along in the group stages in the Champions League too and it seemed at one stage that they would pip the Gunners for the Knockouts, but, big losses in the last couple of games saw them finishing at 3 and that ended their quarter final hopes.
But, in the domestic League, there is just no stopping Olympiacos.
It’s not just the wins, but, the way they are beating the other teams is outrageous. They are going absolutely hammer and tongs.
They had been pretty good in the Greek top flight the previous season too and had claimed the title with ease but, they were not looking as invincible as they are looking this time around.
David Beckham is regarded as one of the best when it comes to freekick and other set piece situations.
He has found incredible success with goals against the likes of Greece and Wimbledon being regarded as amongst the best. Manchester United winger Ashley Young was signed from Aston Villa by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson as he had qualities similar to that of Beckham. After a few years in the wilderness, Young has found himself in a rich vein of form of late. He has been able to find the back of the net on a number of occasions last season.
Yet, the England international claims that he has not been able to replicate the famous goal scored by Beckham against Wimbledon. Beckham managed to find the back of the net against the Premier League minnows from the halfway line in the 1996-97 season. Many other players have gone from this position since then, but Beckham’s effort remains the most popular yet. The likes of Charlie Adam and Wayne Rooney have scored similar goals, but it is an art that Youngis yet to master. Beckham will be looking to recreate this goal when he returns to Old Trafford for a charity match. The former Real Madrid, AC Milan, and PSG star is now retired and is on the way towards owning a franchise in the MLS.
Rafael Benitez has at his disposal the likes of: KeylorNavas and KikoCasilla, these goal-keepers will be competing against each other for the main spot of Real Madrid and even though there is a possibility of not signing Manchester United’s David de Gea, Rafael Benitez is happy about being able to utilize the services of either Navas or Casilla.
Real Madrid’s Benitez said: “If someone else comes along then we will welcome them but they have to be better than what we have. We have a good team and we have to work with them’’
Real Madrid completed their pre-season tour by claiming a victory against Ac.Milan as the Spanish side became the winners of the International Champions Cup. The Costa Rican goal-keeper KeylorNavas played in this match for the opening 46 minutes of the match and KikoCasillas entered the pitch to play for the remaining minutes and neither goal-keeper conceded any goal and the winner had to be decided in a penalty shoot-out.
It seems like even if David de Gea is not signed in this summer transfer window, Rafael Benitez already knows what to do with the players that he already has at the Santiago Bernabeu and the goal-keeping position of Real Madrid is not expected to be a problem.
The Mexican forward of Manchester United, Javier Hernandez is still in the process of deciding his long term future. Javier Hernandez was released from Real Madrid as the Spanish club had the option of keeping hold Hernandez on a permanent deal but due to underwhelming performances, Real Madrid opted to offload the 27 years old forward back to Old Trafford.
There are a number of clubs which have shown interest in signing Hernandez but no official deal has been established and this is the players’ time to make an impact in the team that he eventually joins.
Javier Hernandez is 27 years old and this is the age which is considered to be the peak of any player in the world of football. The Mexican forward is entering a point in his career that is critical and hugely important in his career.
If Hernandez decides to remain in Old Trafford as a player of Manchester United, he still has a possibility of turning into a regular starter and reignite his career, especially after Robin van Persie was sold to Fenerbahce.
Louis van Gaal is searching around the market for a player who can perform alongside Wayne Rooney and become the main sources of goals. Hernandez can become this player and this would allow the Dutch manager to use that money in signing another player and reinforce a different position of his team.