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.
Greece Football League side Panserraikos were linked to Uganda international young striker Herman Wasswa, but the deal has been left ignored.
The former Masaka LC and SC Villa striker was a free agent after he decided to ignore the new deal his club Kampala CCA offered him. He wanted a biggest quest, so he was particularly looking out for a fresh challenge. The player’s agent Geoffrey Kayemba confirmed that other clubs were keen on landing the forward this summer, due to his combination of qualities.
There were reports linking Jinja based Uganda Premier League club Bul to the player. Kawowo Sports reported that the agent of the player confirmed that Bul reached out with the hope to land the player, but reported that Wasswa was yet to sign a deal.
“The truth is, Bul just like many other clubs are interested in signing Herman [Wasswa]. But that just that nothing has happened,” Kayemba said. Also, Kayemba confirmed reports linking Wasswa to a move to Greece to play for Panserraikos: “There is also interest from some Lebanese club, and other Ugandan sides but a decision on his next destination will be known soon,” trying not to be too specific.
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.
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.
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.