Vitor Pereira became the coach of Olympiacos in January of 2015 as he replaced Michel who was fired from the Greek club. Before taking the job in Greece, Pereira had been approached on a number of occasions with managerial positions in the Premier League.
“Olympiacos is announcing the end of its cooperation with manager Michel Gonzalez. The entire family of Olympiacos thanks Michel for his contribution to the club and wishes him every success in his career’’ This was the announcement that was made by the official website of Olympiacos as the Greek club announced the end of their relationship with the Spanish manager Michel Gonzalez.
There were a number of Premier League clubs that launched offers to Vitor Pereira as those English teams made an approach for the Portuguese manager. Everton and Crystal Palace were the squads that displayed most interested in luring Pereira but ultimately failed on doing so.
The owner of Crystal Palace, Steve Parish was the man who sacked Neil Warnock and attempted to turn Vitor Pereira into the new coach of the team and a number of negotiations as well as meetings were done in order to make it happen but Pereira had his eyes set somewhere else as he penned a two and half year long deal with Olympiacos and things have turned out well for him after having won the Greek Super League for the 5th consecutive year with a margin of over 10 points.
Sky and BT had to pay billions in order to retain the broadcasting rights of the Premier League. It was recently reported that Sky has the rights to show 116 live matches per season while BT snatched 38 matches. The overall valuation of this deal is in the region of €5 billion as the Premier League seems to be getting more entertaining as more fans are viewing the games every week that it’s played.
After having offloaded so much cash in obtaining the rights to broadcast these matches, it’s expected that the teams which are participating in this league have the quality to prove why its receiving more viewers and supporters but everything seems to be falling apart for these clubs in the Europa League and in the Champions League.
Tottenham Hotspur was knocked out of the Europa League after losing against Fiorentina meanwhile Liverpool was eliminated after crashing out of the European competition due to a penalty shoot-out in which Besiktas emerged as the victorious team.
Arsene Wenger has already reinforced the defensive department of his team but a few more signings are expected to be made as the Frenchman is also seeking to strengthen the attacking section of his squad and a few names have popped up as there are a list of possible players that could be joining the Premier League club soon or are at least being linked with a move.
One of the players who are linked with Arsenal is EdinsonCavani from PSG. The Uruguayan attacker is not playing at his best and has never really managed on doing so since arriving to the French club. He was acquired by PSG on July of 2013 for a fee of €65 million.
The latest Europa League match of Panathinaikos witnessed the Greek team succumbing to a 2-3 defeat after playing against PSV in a match that Panathinaikos had initially taken the lead but failed on holding on to their lead and it was ultimately PSV that managed to secure all 3 valuable points in their journey of advancing through the group stages of the Europa League.
Abdul Ajagun scored the early goal for Panathinaikos at the 11th minute as the Nigerian midfielder slammed the ball into the back of the net during the early stages of the match but PSV responded quickly with Memphis Depay equalizing the game 1-1 at the 27th as Depay was able to connect with a deep pass from his teammate Wijnaldum and slot the ball into the net of Luke Steele.
Only 27 minutes had passed and already both squads managed on scoring and just before the first half reached its end, Panathinaikos restored their goal lead thanks to the Crotian forward MladenPetric as he launched a volley that went right past PSV’s goalkeeper JeroenZoet.
PSV was far from done as they managed to tie the game for the 2nd time of the match with Luuk de Jong receiving a cross from JetroWillemsand turning the scoreboard 2-2 and a late goal from GeorginioWijnaldum was enough for PSV to take the lead for the very first time in the entire match and collect all 3 points.
If Panathinaikos could have managed to hold on to their lead until the end and claim all the points from this match it would have made a huge difference in the current situation of Panathinaikos as they are at the very bottom of Group E of the Europa League and their chances of progressing any further from these stages of the European tournament have disappeared.