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.
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.
Chelsea has been in a very dominating form at least in relation to the Premier League as Jose Mourinho and his squad faced almost no difficulty in winning the 2014-15 season but there are some key things which need to be done if Mourinho wants to extend the form that his team is going through.
One of the main things is to keep hold of Eden Hazard. The Belgium midfielder has already received numerous individual awards including the Premier League Player of the Season as he scored 14 league goals and provided his teammates with 9 assists.
Eden Hazard has turned into one of the most important players in Stamford Bridge as the player is always causing trouble to the opposition’s defence with his fast legs and dribbling abilities, its hard to deny the fact that Hazard is one of the best players not only in England but in the world.
At the age of 24, Hazard practically has his entire career left ahead of him and keeping hold of him is crucial for Chelsea.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and PSG are all of the top clubs that have the financial freedom to make a huge cash offer for the Belgium player but trying to convince Jose Mourinho on letting one of his star players leave would be almost impossible to do.
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.
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.
Ghana’s Samuel Inkoom has completed the loan move to Greek club Platanias in order to get regular first-team football, which he found it difficult to get at his current club, Dnipro. He has been at the Ukrainian outfit for the last 18 months, but former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos has used very sparingly. As a result, he has moved to Platanias since first-team football is extremely important for him in the next six months. This is because he has to play regularly to get a place in the Ghana National team, who have qualified for the World Cup 2014.
Ghana are expected to be one of the dark horses at this tournament, but they face the prospect of a very difficult group stage. The African team has been grouped alongside Brazil, Portugal, and the United States. Brazil and Portugal will be regarded as the outright favourites to qualify for the next round, while United States have also done well in recent major tournaments. They were surprisingly good in the Confederations cup 2013. Hence, Ghana boss Akwasi Appiah is expected to name the best squad – players who play regular football at the top level.
Inkoom says that he is hoping that the move to the Greek club pays off since he will not only it into the Ghana team, but may also secure a transfer elsewhere.
“I am so happy and relieved,It’s a dream come through. I am ready to give off my best to prepare me for the months ahead. Let me focus on club duties first and after we can talk about the World Cup. I am most grateful to God for this opportunity. I am going to make good use of it,” said the defender. Platanias will be hoping that the arrival of this quality player will help them move up the table.