The Deputy Minister of Sport Stavros Kontonis filed a report to the European footballing body over the provocative banner that fans displayed when Albania played Switzerland at the Euro 2016 tournament that is ongoing in France.
The banner read “GREECE IS GUILTY REMEMBER THE GENOCIDE IN CAMARA 100,000 ALBANIAN VICTIMS.”
The banner claimed the country remains guilty over allegations of genocide of Chams, following WWII. The Greek Deputy Minister sent the complaints to UEFA arguing that the banner was “provocative, defamatory, unhistorical and offensive to Greece.” He questioned how it was raised, given the major security concerns and planning. The so-called ‘Cham issue’ was also raised ahead of the recent official visit to Albania by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias.
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.
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.
Rafael Benitez has at his disposal the likes of: KeylorNavas and KikoCasilla, these goal-keepers will be competing against each other for the main spot of Real Madrid and even though there is a possibility of not signing Manchester United’s David de Gea, Rafael Benitez is happy about being able to utilize the services of either Navas or Casilla.
Real Madrid’s Benitez said: “If someone else comes along then we will welcome them but they have to be better than what we have. We have a good team and we have to work with them’’
Real Madrid completed their pre-season tour by claiming a victory against Ac.Milan as the Spanish side became the winners of the International Champions Cup. The Costa Rican goal-keeper KeylorNavas played in this match for the opening 46 minutes of the match and KikoCasillas entered the pitch to play for the remaining minutes and neither goal-keeper conceded any goal and the winner had to be decided in a penalty shoot-out.
It seems like even if David de Gea is not signed in this summer transfer window, Rafael Benitez already knows what to do with the players that he already has at the Santiago Bernabeu and the goal-keeping position of Real Madrid is not expected to be a problem.
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.