LOOKING BACK AT EURO 2016

It’s no longer news that the Euro 2016 was an epic tale of anguish, failure and disappointment for the big names in Europe as an obscure team, which found it difficult acing their games both at the group stages and the knockout phase came out of obscurity against all prevailing odds to lift the most prestigious trophy in all of Europe to the amazement of all eyes.

Portugal were the winners of Euro 2016 – as unsuspecting as it may seem they got the job done, which speaks more of their resilience and fighting spirit even when not given a chance to succeed, as their skipper and star forward Cristiano Ronaldo was stretchered out midway into the first half.

WHERE ARE THE EURO 2004 TEAM MEMBERS?

Stories of underdogs in football surpassing expectations used to be rare but these days are there still underdogs?


The Euro 2004 team that represented Greece shocked the world and wrote their names in gold in the annals of history with the surprise title win. Where are the rest of the squad today?

As at the last time goalkeeper AntoniosNikopolidis was regarded as the best keeper to feature for the national side. He was very impressive at the tournament in Portugal and made the All-Star list at the end of the event. He became the skipper of the team before he moved to football management after retirement.

Olympiakos in a Great Position for European Cup Playoffs

Olympiakos has now got themselves into a great position to make it to the European Cup playoffs after getting better of Partizan Belgrade yesterday with the score-line of 3 goals to 1.


The Olympiakos supporters are also known to be the supporters of Red Star Belgrade which is the arch rival of Partizan Belgrade in the Serbian league.

So it’s needless to say that there is no love lost between Partizan and Olympiakos supporters and that’s why the authorities were concerned about the security inside the stadium during the match.

FANS BURN PITCH AFTER GAME

Fans of erstwhile popular football club Paniliakos FC burned a football pitch at the end of the fight with opposing side and long standing rivalKalamata FC.


The game ended 3-2 but after the keenly competed game, tempers flared.

The opposing fans had tried to watch their tempers all through the game but as it ended Kalamata fans approached the Pyrgiansbut the Police were on ground to keep things cool. The law enforcement officers were all around the surrounding streets and at the Messiniakos Stadium.

OLYMPIAKOS SET TO WIN 44TH LEAGUE TITLE

In Greece, Olympiakos are set to lift their 44th league title.


They are the most successful side in Greek football but there is a small issue this time. During the Greek Cup last four, they clashed with AEK Athens in the first leg. They lost they game but their fans caused trouble which might eventually come back to hurt them.

John Terry’s 22 year stay in Stamford Bridge is reaching it’s end

John Terry has recently confirmed his decision to make his way out of Chelsea after having spent 22 years in Stamford Bridge helping the English club in lifting many pieces of silverware along the way.


At the age of 36, John Terry just can’t perform in the same way as he used to do a few years ago and the arrival of Antonio Conte as the new head coach of Chelsea has also hampered the influence of the English defender as he has made less than 10 appearances in this current season.

MICHAEL ESSIEN TO SUE FORMER CLUB

Former Ghana international Michael Essien is reportedly suing his former club Panathinaikos over claims that he was unprofessional whilst under their employ.


The former Chelsea player left the Greek football club last year after both parties mutually agreed to terminate his deal with them.

SOUTH AFRICAN CLUB REJECT ESSIEN

A south African outfit Cape Town FC have rejected the move for Essien by its recruitment team, according to reports in Africa.


The South African Premier Division are currently placed in the top three but they need a pivot that can help them clinch the title this term. Hence, the suggestion of the veteran, who is a free agent, but the owner of the football club John Comitis threw out the idea.

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