Kostas Fortounis signed the dotted lines, extending his contract with champions Olympiakos Piraeus.
The deal with will remain valid till the year 2020 successfully shut all speculations over the future of the Greek midfielder when he signed on Friday.
Fortounis, 23, netted 25 goals in 53 games for the club, playing in attacking midfield position. His performance attracted interests from lots of clubs in England with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly tracking him on the back of the best season of his career. On signing the contract Fortounis said:
“I would like to thank the president, I’m delighted that I’ll continue my career here and I’ll give everything to make sure we are always champions and win trophies.”
Fortounis scored twice in 19 games for his country and picked up the Super League’s top scorer with 18 goals this past season. He broke the record when he became only the third player in his club’s history to record double-digit figures for goals and assists in one season. The Greece international was also largely responsible for 43rd league crown victory of the club. This made the club add a high release clause in the new deal to keep him tied with the Erythrolefki. The new deal is offering him roughly €1 million a year, doubling his previous agreement of €400,000. The new release clause is now €20 – €25 million is he decides to leave before 2020.
Panserraikos managed to recover their form and beat Zakynthos 2-1 in a well-contested match.
The game itself was won in the first half with 2 goals coming from Tsim and Papatzikos.
However, it was the host who started the match well and created some chances at the onset of the game. Kastaniotis will fire a shot that will miss the target. Panserraikos will gradually come back in the match and take control of the midfield. They will be rewarded in the 23rd minutes when Tsim will steal the ball from a Zakynthos player and fired a strong shot that will give the goalkeeper no chance.
Just a few minutes later, the host will have an opportunity to equalize with Zaire. His shot will rebound off the post and go out of play.
After this occasion, Panserraikos will retake control of the game and create chances after chances. In the 33rd minute, they will be awarded a corner which Papatzikos will score to make the score 2-0. Zakynthos will struggle to create any chances until the break, and both teams reached half-time with the score 2-0.
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.
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.