One of the lowest scoring sides in the Sky Bet Championship last term Aston Villa are seeking to boost their chances upfront with the acquisition of Greece striker Stefanos Athanasiadis, according to reports. The player is a shock target for the English side but Steve Bruce wants a top striker on the continent to help with their goalscoring woes.

Villa finished in the 13th spot last term but they remain hopeful for a playoff spot this time. The target has been impressive in Greek football, netting game after game for PAOK. The player is expected to join big money signings Jonathan Kodija and Scott Hogan as the team try to overhaul their poor results of last season.

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Claudio Ranieri is the man Ligue 1 club, Nantes is looking up to, and is expected to take the reins of the club and lead them through to the next season.Ranieri, who was Leicester City former manager, is set to become the new manager for Nantes but due to his age, he requires a special dispensation.

During the 2015-16 season, Ranieri was the coach who led underdog team, Leicester to lift the Premier League Cup. However, following a poor run of form in the next season, he was sacked

Ranieri now has recently agreed to a two year contract with Nantes but since he is over 65 years of age, a special dispensation is required from France’s Professional Football League before he can take charge of the team.

Nantes Chairman, Waldermar Kita however believes that the French Football Federation is blocking the file.

“The league agrees, I believe that only the French Football Federation (FFF) with Mr. Domenech is blocking the file a little, I do not know why. What we are interested in is the experience as a footballer and coach, since we know very well that he has coached the biggest teams in Europe,” Kita said.

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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.

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Olympiakos thrash Panthrakikos 4-0

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.

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Batistuta honoured for his accomplishments

It’s been over 9 years since Gabriel Batistuta decided to hang up his boots and end his playing career which has seen him scoring 78 goals which is the highest amount that has been scored by any Argentine player and Batistuta also made his presence known in Italy as he made over 260 appearances for the Italian club where he managed to find the back of the net on 168 occasions.

There are some footballers that continue being praised and glorified even after having finalized their respective playing careers and Gabriel Batistuta is one of them, according to these experts. He certainly won’t be forgotten as the player is an icon for the younger generation of rising stars.

batiustuta for Fiorentina

Luis Suarez is one of the footballers who is being mentioned most in this season due to the contributions that he has made to help Barcelona in this season. The Uruguayan player has scored 11 goals in 23 appearances as well as scoring twice against PSG in the first leg of the Champions League between Barcelona and the French side.

Even though Luis Suarez and Gabriel Batistuta have different nationalities, Suarez revealed that Batistuta is one of his football idols.

“It’s not that I wanted to copy him or be him, but I admired him a lot during his time at Fiorentina, and afterwards at Roma, and I admired how he played” Barcelona’s Luis Suarez said.

During the playing career of Batistuta, he managed on performing with: Newell’s Old Boys, River Plate, Boca Juniors, Fiorentina, As.Roma, Inter Milan and Al Arabi but despite not being one of the top European clubs, it was with Fiorentina where he stood out as he scored 168 goals and the retired footballer was placed into the hall of fame of the Italian side earlier in October of 2014.

“From the moment I arrived at Fiorentina I wanted a place in the history of the club  and now I can say I have succeeded.” Those were the words that Gabriel Batistuta said during the speech that he delivered at the event as Batistuta has marked his name in the history-books of Fiorentina and the world of football.

McCoist impressed by Macleod

Rangers manager Ally McCoist says that he is extremely impressed by the performances of youngster Lewis Macleod. The 20-year-old managed to help Rangers secure yet another consecutive victory after a deflected goal against Inverness in the League Cup second round. Rangers may not be top of the table in the Scottish Championship just yet, but they have won the last five matches in succession. The form of Macleod has been a major reason behind it. The goal against Inverness was the fifth goal of the campaign for the 20-year-old, who is already attracting a lot of attention.

McCoist says that he is not sure how far the youngster can go in his career, but the club are trying to protect him for the moment. Macleod has faced issues with muscular injuries the last few years. It has been the case this campaign as well. McCoist says that the club are wrapping him in cotton wool so that he does not lose a promising career because of injuries. It was important for Rangers to get this victory and progress to the next stage of the competition. It will provide the club was some much-needed revenues, as it was recently revealed that Rangers could face yet another administration if they do not make up £ 4 million through a share issue.

“Lewis is terrific. We asked him to contribute more goals and assists and that little bit more of a killer instinct. He’s certainly given us that. How far can he go? He’s a good young player and that’s probably all I’d say at the moment. In history Rangers have had great young players coming through and I hope he goes on and does as well as some of them. It’s just great to have him back,” said the Rangers manager, whose team face Falkirk in the next round.