Founder/Editor of Howler magazine, George Quraishi, recently traveled to Greece to learn about the tumultuous world of Greek football and the complex but storied rivalries between clubs such as Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, as well as Aris and PAOK.
Quraishi also continues his journey to Greece and dives deeper into the corruption and financial difficulties of Greek football.
KickTV is a YouTube channel dedicated to, predictably, football. They've released a new series called Football Vagabond in which they send someone around the globe to document the sport. First up is the Eternal Derby in Greece, Olympiacos versus Panathinaikos. In short: this series has a ton of potential.
It's VICE meets Bourdain and a Ball. It's the Football Vagabond.
There are fans. There are supporters. Then, there's something else. George Quraishi of Howler Magazine took a trip to Greece to find what happens when passion overflows and the consequences are felt across the country.
Club World Cup on Fox Soccer: Sanfrecce Hiroshima - Auckland City at 5:30am. Europa League on Fox Soccer: Udinese - Liverpool at 1pm, Spurs - Panathinaikos at 3pm, and Bordeaux - Newcastle United at 5pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Fenerbache - 'Gladbach at 1pm, Inter Milan - Neftci at 3pm, and Viktoia Plzen - Atletico Madrid at 5pm.
Europa League on Fox Soccer: Maribor - Spurs at 1pm and Liverpool - Anzhi at 3pm. Fox Soccer Plus has Inter Milan - Partizan at 1pm, Newcastle United - Brugge at 3pm, and Panathinaikos - Lazio at 5pm. CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer and Univision Deportes: Metapan - LA at 10pm. Galavision has Chivas - Xelaju at 10pm.
It was a bizarre, but not entirely unexpected scene in Greece when AEK Athens supporters immediately chased both their own team and Panathinaikos off the pitch after their side conceded a late own goal. This was to be the second to last match of the season and with AEK in serious danger of relegation for the first time in the club's 89-year history, the home supporters were even more on edge than usual.
Not a great result, but definitely one we can settle for.
We started off excellently, controlling the game completely, and within the first ten minutes we had two excellent chances to score (one hit the crossbar), but the rain was really coming down and less than twenty minutes into the match the pitch was flooded.
Believe it or not, we've had four wins from our last five games. And we're only one point behind PAO. And only five behind a playoff spot.
There would've been a time when seeing all of this happen would not be a surprise for AEK... if anything, it would be expected. But we all know times are rough, so well done to the team and management for turning things around like this.
We've already heard about a financially strapped Greek amateur club that took on brothels as shirt sponsors and a financially strapped Greek Super League club that traveled 17 hours by bus for a match, but that's far from the end of the effect Greece's financial collapse is having on the country's footballers.
The scoreline may suggest Tottenham cruised past Panathinaikos with ease to reach the knockout round of Europa League. In fact, for the majority of the second half, Andre Villas-Boas had been worrying about whether his squad selection for Europe was justified.
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After a successful week in the Premier League, attention now switches to European competition and our crucial tie with Panathinaikos tomorrow night. A draw will be sufficient to take us through to the last 32 but it's unlikely that the side will be settling back in the hope of claiming a solitary point.
As you might have heard, Greece is a leetle bit short of cash at the moment, having to ask to borrow a fiver here or there from some of its mates and neighbours. The cashflow issue is also affecting the country's football clubs, with Athens side Panathinaikos particularly strapped for cash. The club has been [.
Tris Lazio e l'Europa torna a sorridere Di Marco Cannaviccio La Lazio sconfigge 3-0 il Panathinaikos e torna finalmente alla vittoria,nonostante le abbondanti seconde linee inserite dal tecnico Petkovic.Troppa la differenza tra le due squadre,la prima con tanta voglia di riscatto che ha subito preso in mano il pallino del gioco,la seconda invece incapace di reagire ed inerme di fronte ai
Arriva il Pana, bisogna ripartire! Di Marco Cannaviccio La sfida di giovedÃ¬ che metter di fronte Lazio e Panathinaikos Ã¨ una partita da vincere ad ogni costo per riprendere un cammino interrotto bruscamente in queste ultime uscite,ma allo stesso tempo in campo non potr andare la formazione migliore,essendoci tra pochi giorni il derby,la partita che a Roma vale un'intera stagione.
Even more breakfast fail (that's two of your five-a-day), this time from last night's Europa League, where Panathinaikos right-back Giourkas Seitaridis notches with an exquisitely consummate own-goal against Lazio, passed delicately into his own net from the far edge of the box.
Lazio,dovevi chiuderla! Di Marco Cannaviccio Finisce 1-1 la partita valevole per la terza giornata di Europa League tra Panathinaikos e Lazio,una partita brutta,con poche occasioni,ma che la Lazio stava portando a casa fino al 90' quando si Ã¨ fatta raggiungere sull' 1-1 dai greci che poco altro hanno fatto per il resto della gara.
Ancora Ederson e il Maribor va ko,adesso il Pescara Di Marco Cannaviccio La Lazio batte 1-0 il Maribor all'Olimpico nella seconda gara di Europa League e passa in testa al girone grazie anche al pareggio tra Panathinaikos e Tottenham.La squadra capitolina si Ã¨ presentata con una formazione in parte rimaneggiata dal turn over adottato da mister Petkovic che ha cambiato diversi elementi
A draw against Maribor in Slovenia tonight would be Tottenham's third in a row and it would leave us with just three points at the half way stage in this Europa League group. At the start of the campaign, many of us might have taken the 0-0 result with Lazio but the following matches against Panathinaikos and Maribor are games that we may have been expected to win.
Intrepid Pana fans research alternative ways to illuminate their stadium
Now, we're not exactly economic experts here on Pies but we can say with a fair bit of confidence that 'things ain't great' over in Greece at the moment what with the entire country being brassic and all and the coffers at Panathinaikos are no different.
The effects of economic disaster on all levels of Greek football (and most other aspects of life) continues, this time with one of the country's biggest clubs, Panathinaikos, behind on their electric bill. Panathinaikos have been renting the 69,618-seat Olympic Stadium from the state since 2008 (and off and on before that), but financial struggles have left them unable to keep up with the electric bill, leading to calls for them to start playing their matches during the day.
This sort of blatant thuggery is beginning to rare it's ugly head again in the game most notable in England at the week-end, however it's not only England who have had the beautiful game trod on during the week-end.
Disgruntled AEK Athens fans chased both sets of players off the field following Panathiniakos breaking the deadlock in the 87th minute.
A report out of a seemingly legitimate Twitter account by the name of Greek Football (@greekfooty) has claimed that a deal to bring the Portland striker to Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos has been scuppered due to an on-going dispute over MLS owing Boyd more money.
Here's the exact tweet:
Kris Boyd to Panathinaikos seems to be off as the striker who is fringe at Portland seems to be owed money by the MLS side & won't let it go
- Greek Football (@greekfooty) January 31, 2013
Whether or not this is true is really the big question here.
Using over 2000 photos from the Panathinaikos vs Olympiacos earlier this month, Tourette Design found a fresh way to revisit this Greek clasico. Condensing a match into 3 minute highlights is one thing, but choosing a select number of particular frames to show at a time is another.
Clint Dempsey and Terrence Boyd were at it again this week, continuing to light the lamp for Spurs and Rapid Vienna, respectively. Dempsey's effort on the second goal in the 3-1 win for Spurs on Thursday against Panathinaikos was eventually ruled an own goal, but most importantly it helped push Tottenham into the knockout phase of the Europa League.
As you may have heard, times are hard in Greece at the moment and the football is definitely suffering as a result, with man clubs facing imminent ruin even the likes of Panathinaikos way up at the top of the tree being forced into holding what amount to little more than jumble sales in order to sell off their more desirable players.