Antonis Nikopolidis doesn’t need an introduction among those who have followed soccer in the last decade or so because he was instrumental in one of the greatest upsets in the history of the game that Greece had created in 2004 by sealing the Euro Championships.
His brilliant work between the sticks throughout the tournament and in the final in particular was the reason why Greece could manage the unthinkable and it’s obviously something for which the 46-year old has got a lot of respect in his country and in the entire soccer universe ever since.
But, what Nikopolidis is doing these days will probably earn him more respect, more as a human being than as a player because he is trying to spread happiness. He is giving the refugees who have come to his country from the dangerous parts of Asia (dangerous with regard to the fact that those areas are troubled by civil wars) some joy.
The thing is that those refugees have submitted their applications to EU to place them somewhere in Europe, but, a lot of time is being taken by the union to work on those applications and to decide which European country it wants to send the refugees to and in the meantime, they are stuck in Greece only where they have nothing to do at all.
Former Bolton Wanderers attacking midfielder, Stelios Giannakopoulos, over the weekend, declared his support for new England boss Sam Allardyce.
The English FA on Friday, 22 July, 2016 named Sam Allardyce as Roy Hodgson’s replacement for the Three Lions. For many this took a whole time coming and congratulatory messages have continued to pour in.
Stelios played under Big Sam at Bolton for five years after joining the club fromOlympiacos in 2003. The 42-year-old played the best games of his career and became a household name in the football world at the Greater Manchester-based club. His name never fails to remind Trotters faithfuls of sweetmemories
With the Three Lions’ penchant for boasting of players with alter egos, the former Euro Championship winning midfielder stated that the over emphasised big names in dressing rooms are nothing but “a group of boys looking for someone to lead them.”
Having had a coaching stint with former club Paniliakos FC based in his native Greece, Stelios maintained that squeezing the best out from players without creatingunnecessary drama is what Allardyce excels at.For him, making the most of a piecemeal squad is a great sign of a capable manager.
“Every footballer has a button and if you press it they will play best.”
“Sam Allardyce finds that with every single player and that is what makes him special.”
Stelios arrived Bolton fresh from winning seven Greek Super League titles at Olympiacos between 1996 and 2003. He was known for making trademark runs intoopponent’s 18-yard box and accurately slamming home from close range. He scored 28 goals in 177 appearances for the Wanderers.
He had a short stint at Hull City after his contract expired at Bolton and finally returned home to play for AEL till he hung up his boot in 2010.
There are reports that Algeria are set to name a new coach before their crucial game against Nigeria next month.
The North African side sacked their former handler Rajevan Milovan after players’ unrest in the disappointing 1-1 draw against Cameroon. The draw ensured they started theopening 2018 World Cup game in home soil. Many coaches have been linked with the job, but they have all turned them down, citing different concerns, according to reports.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia reportedly turned down an offer to take up the job as well. L’equipe reports that the Frenchman was pencilled as potential replacement for Milovan along with Marc Wilmots, Rolland Courbis, Alain Perrin, Paul Le Guen and others.
Greek club Panserraikos is looking to improve their team after their poor campaign last season.
Indeed the club has failed to reach their objectives last season and they will be hoping that this new season will be different. The coach said that they have already identified some new players and that they are working hard to sign them.
It is believed that the club is interested in signing Ugandan striker Herman NtezaWasswa to boost their attacking options. The player’s agent has revealed that the Greek club has been in contact with him and that they have invited his client to spend some time on trial with the club. He said that the player is considering the offer and that he will give a reply soon.
Herman NtezaWasswa is a 22-year old player that has been playing mainly for the Kampala Capital City Authority team. He just returned after a trial in Kenya with Sofapaka and is now considering the offer from the Greek club.
Greece Football League side Panserraikos were linked to Uganda international young striker Herman Wasswa, but the deal has been left ignored.
The former Masaka LC and SC Villa striker was a free agent after he decided to ignore the new deal his club Kampala CCA offered him. He wanted a biggest quest, so he was particularly looking out for a fresh challenge. The player’s agent Geoffrey Kayemba confirmed that other clubs were keen on landing the forward this summer, due to his combination of qualities.
There were reports linking Jinja based Uganda Premier League club Bul to the player. Kawowo Sports reported that the agent of the player confirmed that Bul reached out with the hope to land the player, but reported that Wasswa was yet to sign a deal.
“The truth is, Bul just like many other clubs are interested in signing Herman [Wasswa]. But that just that nothing has happened,” Kayemba said. Also, Kayemba confirmed reports linking Wasswa to a move to Greece to play for Panserraikos: “There is also interest from some Lebanese club, and other Ugandan sides but a decision on his next destination will be known soon,” trying not to be too specific.
Olympiakos received a major shock just at the start of a new season after manager Marco Silva announced his resignation with immediate effect. Silva has taken this decision after talking with the club’s board, who have moved in swiftly to appoint Victor Sanchez.
The former Deportivo La Coruna manager will immediately take charge of the club, who are in preparations for the new season. Silva claimed that he has had to take this decision due to personal reasons, but it has been rumoured heavily in Portugal that Silva will be given a job alongside Fernando Santos at the national team level.