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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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3 To See: El Clasico, Manchester United v Chelsea and the derby of eternal enemies

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The biggest club fixture in the world will be given some extra bite this weekend by the most anticipated debut of the season, but it's far from the only grudge match taking place in Europe, with Greece's biggest derby also joining El Clasico on the agenda.

FIFA

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.

Site News

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.

Arsenal’s €15m target could seal his transfer today

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Roma are all set to lose their star defender Mehdi Benatia this summer to Bayern Munich. According to widespread reports in Italy, Roma have agreed a deal to sell Benatia to Bayern for a package deal of around€30m.

Arsenal set to announce latest transfer, player undergoes medical

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Title challengers always find a way to win, other teams rest on excuses.

Arsenal are genuine challenger for the Premier League title this season and their mettle was put to test on the opening day of the season.

Arsenal set sight on Juventus target to replace Vermaelen

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Two trophies in the last two matches. Arsenal fans can hardly complain. Now the real war is about to begin. Arsenal have finally broken their trophy drought hoodoo can they now win the Premier League?

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.

Hey, you already have a job! Ohhh... wait...

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I was not at liberty to divulge the following info before, but now Mikkel Diskerud has basically gone and done it in his always-amusing BigSoccer thread, so let us have a little review session. First off, neither Celtic nor Tijuana are in the picture - no matter how many times the UK rags link the former.

Mix and matches

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No, I am not suggesting that Mikkel Diskerud is a pyromaniac. Or even that he loves old school Def Leppard. It is just time to shed a little (but not all) light on the chase scene for his free agent services. There will be a full MLS report on this probably tomorrow, but for now I can now confirm he currently has interest from clubs in MLS, Greece, Russia, Ukraine and two western European

Fact of life: Things die.

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Some things that were going on before are no longer going on. Let us discuss a couple such things now. Fabio Cannavaro is no longer a candidate for the Philly Union head coach job, and so he will not be at the Crystal Palace friendly. It is that simple, really. Sometimes, stuff breaks. Olympiakos is no longer chasing Sacha Kljestan.

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.

Costa Rica

Concacaf 1-UEFA 1

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Yesterday two matches between Concacaf and UEFA teams ended with a victory for each of their representatives.For a long time it seemed that Mexico would be able to upset the Dutch, leading 1-0 until almost the end of the match. It was not an impressive Dutch side, which is not looking unbeatable any longer.

Can I just say something?

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Costa Rica, dude. I mean, what?! All props to the Ticos, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them come of age and find a new level. And to see them crack the Grecian formula with 10 men was amazing. We all know how troublesome that team can be in a tournament.And ummm, Oranje best pull their socks up this week.

Daily Cup Check: Day 18

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Controversy and tension. Isn't that what you want out of the second round? Well, you got it today and more!

Sunday's Matches Netherlands 2 Mexico 1

The absolute agony that was the 30 minutes thinking that Mexico could make the quarterfinals outside their own country, and have a decent shout to be the first CONCACAF team to make the semis in the modern era, was so worth it after watching them spit it up in the last five minutes.

Costa Rica vs Greece 2014 Penalty Shootout 5-3 Duarte Red Card Ruiz Papastathopoulos Goals Video World Cup

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Costa Rica 1(5)-(3)1 Greece: Keylor Navas the Costa Rican hero in amazing display of defiance against Greeks

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The unlikely match-up in Recife of Greece and Costa Rica, both underdogs to qualify for the Round of 16, took 120 minutes of play and 8penalties to settle.

Costa Rica 1 Greece 1 (5-3 penalties)

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Costa Rica beat Greece in the second knockout game to end in a penalty shoot out, ensuring CONCACAF representation in the quarterfinals. The first half amounted to watching a mule drag a plow back and forth for 45 minutes. Costa Rica was afraid to commit too many men forward, so it was up to Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell to break directly whenever space presented itself.

WATCH Costa Rica Defeat Greece; Match Highlights [VIDEO] Ticos Advance On Penalties to Last 8 [VIDEO]

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The dream goes on for Costa Rica after defeating Greece on penalty kicks to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

After ending the game at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the match seemed destined for penalty kicks. A tense 30-minutes of extra time didn't result in a winner, so the match proceeded to penalty kicks where both teams knocked in their respective penalties with precision to show the Brazil and Chile players how to do it.

WATCH The Greeks Score A Late Equalizer Against Costa Rica to Send Game to Extra Time [VIDEO]

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Greece'sSokratis Papastathopoulos scored a late goal for the Greeks against Costa Rica to end the regulation time 1-1 and to send the World Cup Round of 16 game into extra time.

In a tense 90 minutes, Costa Rica took the lead in the 52nd minute with a goal by Bryan Ruiz. And it appeared that Costa Rica may have held on to the 1-0 victory untilSokratis knocked in a late goal to break the hearts of the Ticos players and fans, and to keep the Greece hopes alive.

The 200% World Cup: Costa Rica vs Greece – Live?

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Hello, I'm cooking dinner, so updates may be even less sporadic than usual.

The Rest

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 [...]

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.

Will Sokratis suit the Arsenal transfer philosophy?

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I have been trying to think of a Plato pun but will have to settle for the one in the title. Anyway, Gooners, the Arsenal transfer rumour linking us with the Greece international defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos could soon turn out to hit a snag, after the Gunners were drawn against his current club in the [.

The Bizarre And Curious Case Of Fulham Striker Kostas Mitroglou

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With Fulham starting life in the Championship slowly, following their relegation from the English Premier League, it is hard to see the finger pointing and recriminations at the London club slowing down anytime soon.

At the heart of the inquisition you will find the name of Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou, who signed from Olympiacos in January for a fee of £12 million and became Fulham's most expensive ever player.

Monday, Monday, Monday!

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So yeah, Mondays can be tough because no one seems to want to answer their phone. But... Terrence Boyd is on his way for a medical at Red Bull Leipzig (still trying to learn the length of his contract), Borussia Dortmund II has signed Joseph Gyau away from Hoffenheim (ditto) and I can now confirm that Greek champs Olymiacos are chasing Sacha Kljestan.