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Olympiakos Owner Evangelos Marinakis Fines Players €400k And Orders Them To ‘Go On Holiday’ For Rest Of Season After Slipping Out Of Greek Title Race

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After seeing his side slip to third in the table, Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis has thrown a wobbly and ordered the majority of his senior players to "go on holiday" for the rest of the season.

Following a 20-day Super League hiatus brought on by PAOK's gun-toting club president, Olympiakos could only muster a 1-1 draw against mid-table Levadiakos on Saturday a result that leaves them six points behind AEK Athens at the summit with four matches remaining.

Pistol Packin’ PAOK Owner Ivan Savvidis Given Three-Year Ban For Carrying Gun Onto Pitch

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You may not be overly shocked to learn that PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis has been given a rather large ban after he came wading onto the pitch with a gun during a recent Greek Super League match against AEK Athens.

After PAOK had an 89th-minute goal (correctly) disallowed, the pistol-packin' president came swaggering on to remonstrate with the officials.

All Hellas Breaks Loose: Government Intervene And Suspend Greek Superleague Indefinitely After Chaotic Fortnight Of Nonsense

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With things taking a swift and sudden turn for the farcical recently, the Greek Superleague has reportedly been suspended indefinitely while the government decides to do with everybody.

As you may have seen, Sunday's top-of-the-table derby between PAOK and AEK Athens degenerated into chaos when a late disallowed goal saw PAOK president Ivan Savvidis take to the pitch with a gun tucked into his belt.

Greek Travesty: Lamia Goalkeeper Nikos Papadopoulos Given Five-Match Suspension For Excitedly Hugging Referee

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PAS Lamia goalkeeper Nikos Papadopoulos has been slapped with a hefty five-match suspension for the heinous crime of 'accidentally' hugging a match official at the end of a recent Greek Super League match.

Papadopoulos was so overcome with elation after Lamia scored a 97th-minute equaliser in their 2-2 draw against Panaitolikos on Sunday that he kissed, embraced and shook refereeIoannis Neophatiadis.

World Cup Play-Off Draw: Republic Of Ireland To Face Off Against Denmark, Northern Ireland To Play Switzerland

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The draw for the 2018 World Cup play-offs has just been completed in Zurich, with Fernando Hierro doing the honours and granting the Republic of Ireland a two-legger against Denmark.

A single goal from James McClean saw Ireland narrowly pipped Wales in their final qualifier to pinch the play-off spot in Group D, ensuring their quest to make it to Russia will roll on, starting with a trip to Copenhagen in early November.

Fire Fight: Bosnia & Herzegovina Fans Respond To World Cup Elimination By Setting Estonia’s Pitch Ablaze (Video)

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Heading into the final round of fixtures, Bosnia and Hezegovina retained a fairly slim chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Basically, they needed to beat Estonia themselves and then hope that, by some miracle, teenie-weenie Gibraltar could muster a victory over Greece despite having failed to amass a single point in Group H by that juncture.

Greek Tweak: Belgium Forward Dries Mertens Picks Up Weirdest Yellow Card Of The International Break (Video)

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Saturday night's World Cup qualifier between Belgium and Greece was a feisty old affair, with the away side ultimately finishing the night with nine men on the pitch.

The game also saw a blizzard of yellow cards administered throughout, though you'll have to go some way to find an infringement weirder than the one that landed Dries Mertens in the book.

Videos

Greece: PAOK Derby Clash With Olympiakos Abandoned After Coach Oscar Garcia Hit In Face By Flying Paper Roll (Photos & Video)

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As you can see, excess littering was a bit of a problem during the Greek derby clash between PAOK and Olympiakos this weekend.

Indeed, the game was abandoned before kick-off after Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia was struck by an errant roll of paper thrown from the crowd and had to be taken to hospital.

FAIL: AEK Athens ‘Striker’ Sergio Araujo Misses Absolutely Absurd Open Goal Against Asteras Tripoli (Video)

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Turns out it's been something of a vintage weekend for absolutely stinking horror misses, with a true classic of the art-form cropping up in the Greek Superleague.

AEK Athens just about managed to squeak a 1-0 win overAsteras Tripoli, no thanks to striker Sergio Araujo, who pulled this little cracker out of the bag with 12 minutes gone.

David Beckham

Legendary: Adidas Revive Predator Precision Boots With Trademark Assist From David Beckham (Photos)

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As part of their new 'Limited Collection, Adidas have revived their classic Predator Precision, as famously favoured by David Beckham in the early 2000s.

Indeed, it was the original Precision that Beckham wore while dispatching *that* freekick against Greece at Old Trafford in 2001, thus cementing their place in English football boot folklore, should such a thing exist.

On This Day In 2001: David Beckham Rescues England With Last-Ditch Freekick Against Greece (Video)

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Remember when, with immediate effect, David Beckham erased the memory of 92 shoddy minutes of tripe by sticking his 93rd-minute freekick past the Greece goalkeeper to sendEngland to the World Cup?

Yeah? Recall it? Well that was 15 years ago, buddy. Fifteen. Bloody. Years. Celtic now have players on their books who weren't even born at the moment Beckham's curler rustled into the net at Old Trafford.

Kostas Manolas

Manchester United closely monitoring Roma defender

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Roma’s Kostas Manolas could be one of the hottest properties in the transfer market this summer. The Greek centre-back has been subject to huge interest in the past couple of years among Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

In October 2016, he rejected at extension on his contract in the Italian capital over wage disagreements.

From Italy: Chelsea offer €4m-per-year deal for €44m Arsenal target

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With N’Golo Kante close to joining Chelsea from Leicester City, the Blues must shift their attention to other areas of need. A top class defender is required this summer and one of the names being considered is AS Roma’s central defender Kostas Manolas, who is also wanted by Premier League rivals Arsenal.

eindhoven

Dutch home woes continue as Greece take scalp

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Eindhoven (Netherlands) (AFP) The Netherlands suffered a fifth successive home defeat as their miserable form continued with a 2-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Greece in Eindhoven on Thursday.

Both sides were top seeds for Euro 2016 qualifying but neither managed to make it to the French showpiece as the Netherlands finished fourth in their group while Greece managed to come bottom of a pool including the Faroe Islands.

Dutch home woes continue as Greece take scalp

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Eindhoven (Netherlands) (AFP) The Netherlands suffered a fifth successive home defeat as their miserable form continued with a 2-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Greece in Eindhoven on Thursday.

Both sides were top seeds for Euro 2016 qualifying but neither managed to make it to the French showpiece as the Netherlands finished fourth in their group while Greece managed to come bottom of a pool including the Faroe Islands.

Mile Jedinak

Cahill to lead Australia in Greece return

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Melbourne (AFP) Talisman Tim Cahill will take over the captain's armband in the absence of Mile Jedinak as Australia seek to sweep their two-match series against Greece in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Cahill, 36, the former Everton star now playing for Hangzhou Greentown in China, is lining up for his 91st international appearance and has scored 47 goals.

Cahill to lead Australia in Greece return

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Melbourne (AFP) Talisman Tim Cahill will take over the captain's armband in the absence of Mile Jedinak as Australia seek to sweep their two-match series against Greece in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Cahill, 36, the former Everton star now playing for Hangzhou Greentown in China, is lining up for his 91st international appearance and has scored 47 goals.

Greek Super League

PAOK fail to show for Greek Cup semi-final

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PAOK failed to show up for their Greek Cup semi-final second leg away to Olympiakos on Wednesday as they promised and now face more disciplinary action from the country's football federation.

The move by the Thessaloniki club had been pre-announced by Greek-Russian owner Ivan Savvidis, who was angry after they were punished for crowd violence during the first leg on March 3.

PAOK fail to show for Greek Cup semi-final

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PAOK failed to show up for their Greek Cup semi-final second leg away to Olympiakos on Wednesday as they promised and now face more disciplinary action from the country's football federation.

The move by the Thessaloniki club had been pre-announced by Greek-Russian owner Ivan Savvidis, who was angry after they were punished for crowd violence during the first leg on March 3.

3 to See: Southampton v Liverpool, the Derby della Lanterna and Greece’s eternal enemies

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Greek Cup

Greece teams face international ban after Greek Cup halted

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Greek teams face a ban from international competition after a meeting on Wednesday between the country's government, FIFA and UEFA officials failed to provide a resolution to the cancelled Greek Cup competition.

Greece's Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis refused to rescind an earlier decision to cancel remaining Greek Cup contests because of the fear of violence while FIFA and UEFA representatives insisted that his refusal could lead to a suspension.

Greece teams face international ban after Greek Cup halted

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Greek teams face a ban from international competition after a meeting on Wednesday between the country's government, FIFA and UEFA officials failed to provide a resolution to the cancelled Greek Cup competition.

Greece's Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis refused to rescind an earlier decision to cancel remaining Greek Cup contests because of the fear of violence while FIFA and UEFA representatives insisted that his refusal could lead to a suspension.

Greek government stays with decision to cancel Greek Cup

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Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis said Monday he will accept a delegation from FIFA and UEFA on Wednesday to discuss his decision to indefinitely postpone the Greek Cup competition, but insists his actions were justified.

"We will battle to confirm our decision. It was founded on legal terms and is a measure which solves the serious problem of public order," Kontonis told a press conference.

Greek government stays with decision to cancel Greek Cup

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Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis said Monday he will accept a delegation from FIFA and UEFA on Wednesday to discuss his decision to indefinitely postpone the Greek Cup competition, but insists his actions were justified.

"We will battle to confirm our decision. It was founded on legal terms and is a measure which solves the serious problem of public order," Kontonis told a press conference.

European country

Greek footballers stage pitch sit-in over migrant deaths

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Second-division football players in Greece held a sit-in protest at the start of a game over the spiralling death toll among migrants trying to reach the European country by sea.

Players from rivals AEL Larissa and Acharnaikos sat on the field and observed two minutes of silence after kickoff Friday in a game in the central city of Larissa.

Greek footballers stage pitch sit-in over migrant deaths

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Second-division football players in Greece held a sit-in protest at the start of a game over the spiralling death toll among migrants trying to reach the European country by sea.

Players from rivals AEL Larissa and Acharnaikos sat on the field and observed two minutes of silence after kickoff Friday in a game in the central city of Larissa.

Major League Soccer

Maars Rover?

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To follow up on last week's Björn Maars Johnsen post, that MLS interest is in competition with enduring suitors from all the places I outed in the fall (2.Bundesliga, the Netherlands, Greece, Russia), plus some in France and Turkey. I'm getting closer to pinpointing a few club names, but once the Bulgarian FA announced the fate of Litex Lovech, his move could happen quickly.

This should be fun.

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Ives and ESPN have already confirmed, but I will pile on to let you know Mikkel Diskerud will be unveiled as the new NYCFC signing, likely within the next hour. I am thinking the Lampard fiasco drove this charge to the front of the line, and yeah, that was probably smart. We all know how those business types like to change unwieldy conversations.

European Championship

The Euro Qualified nations

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20 out of 24 nations are ready for the 2016 European Championship in France. Despite the fact that I am those who think that a European Championship of 24 teams is way too much, I cannot help but notice some notable newcomers among the 20 nations, some of which would even have qualified with 16 nations, showing what is perhaps a power shift going on in European football: Group A: The Czech

The greatest teams: Greece’s triumph at Euro 2004

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Throughout the history of soccer, there have been many shocks. Despite this, no underdog side has ever pulled off such an upset at an international tournament. Greece pulled off the impossible in 2004, winning a competition in which they were completely unfancied, with all odds up against them. Over a decade later, they are still well-remembered.

The greatest teams: Greece’s triumph at Euro 2004

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Throughout the history of soccer, there have been many shocks. Despite this, no underdog side has ever pulled off such an upset at an international tournament. Greece pulled off the impossible in 2004, winning a competition in which they were completely unfancied, with all odds up against them. Over a decade later, they are still well-remembered.

Portugal

Portugal-Greece Euro Rematch in Lawrence Cancelled

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The much-anticipated Legends Cup exhibition match, which was set to bring a number of notable players from the 2004 Euro final between Portugal and Greece to Veterans Stadium in Lawrence, Mass. on Friday, has been cancelled.

Etix.com, the event's official ticket agency, sent out an e-mail to ticket holders on Thursday advising that the match had been cancelled due to "schedule conflicts and travel arrangements.

Portugal-Greece ’04 Euro ‘Rematch’ in Mass. on 6/12

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A friendly featuring players from the Portugal and Greece squads that met in the 2004 UEFA Euro Final will take place at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Mass. on Jun. 12. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm.

The match, which is billed as "Legends Cup Rematch Battle," will bring a number of notable players from the Final, which Greece won 1-0 at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.

The Rest

News Roundup: Union sleeper, Steel starts with a bang, and USMNT roster

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Plus FIFA wants honest bribes, Wondo going for the title, and DC finds somewhere even worse to play soccer.

Where to find Croatia vs. Greece World Cup playoff 1st leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Croatia vs. Greece in their World Cup qualification playoff, you’ve come to the right place.

In the first leg of the World Cup qualifier between Croatia and Greece, the match will be shown live on US television and streaming. It’s available on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) as well as ESPN3 and Sling Orange (in English).

Euro 2004: The Greek shock

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As we prepare our final projects on a variety of topics relating to the upcoming international competitions and as I work on a piece regarding the 2016 Euro Cup I am reminded of the last Euro Cup I ever paid attention too, the 2004 tournament in Portugal. As someone who isn't an avid soccer fan... Read More »

Greece 2016/17 Nike Home and Away Kits

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Rebuilding after a dismal UEFA EURO 2016 qualification run, Greece debuted their 2016/17 Nike home [...]

Greek players in touching sit-down protest during match

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It looked like any other football match was going to occur when second division clubs in Greece, AEL Larissa and Acharnaikos met. However, something odd happened when the referee blew his whistle to begin the match.

Top Seeds (Pot 1) Greece finish last in Group F in Euro qualifying, below Pot 6 (Faroe Islands)

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When the qualifying draws for the 2016 European championships were made, teams were divided into six pots. Greece, Euro 2004 winners, and 2014 World Cup finalists were top seeds (Pot 1) and were given a fairly straightforward looking group that also included Northern Ireland, Romania, Hungary, Finland and the Faroe Islands.

The Other Broken System in Greece

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Recently, Greece has been in the news. Their economic situation pushed them to near bankruptcy and the other European nations decided that they would no longer support a defunct system without the Greek government submitting a list of planned reforms. The newly elected left-wing government, after failing to change the Euro Zone's austerity policies, turned in a list earlier this week.