AS THE GROUP STAGE ENDS, SPECULATIONS THAT UNDERDOGS COULD LIFT THE EURO 2016 INCREASES

The group stage of the Euro 2016 hosted by France has ended, but speculations about who might lift the trophy have increased.

The likely winners were picked out earlier but after the group stage, the tournament shows it is still very open. There was a time an underdog came from behind to steal the trophy. Greece at Euro 2004.

Nikos Karampelas has signed for Valladolid

The former Paniliakos defender, Nikos Karampelas has signed for Valladolid on a 6 months contract from Levante.

Nikos Karampelas made his debut with his hometown side Paniliakos in the Beta Ethniki in 2004. He will make 48 appearances for Paniliakos and scored 2 goals in the process.

His good performance with Paniliakos attracted the interest of other Greek clubs, and two years later he signed for Aris.

However, he will miss a penalty in a 0-0 draw against fierce rivals PAOK and will receive threats from his club’s fans.

Olympiakos take Greece Superleague

Olympiakos have won their 6th successive league title with a dominating season that has seen the team of Marco Silva winning 22 matches from their opening 24 games.

Olympiakos

This is the 43rd piece of silverware that Olympiakos has secured in their history and even though this season has already been very successful for the Greek club, the manager of the team has revealed that he is aiming to win more titles as things are far from over.

The fans are expecting Michael Skibbe to bring as much success

The fans are expecting Michael Skibbe to bring as much success to Greece as his compatriot Otto Rehhagel did.

Rehhagel proved to be one of the best coaches in the history of Greece soccer before quitting in 2010.

He worked with the national side for a period of almost 10 years and unearthed many young talents and not only did he unearth them; but, developed them quite well too.

There would be a lot of Greek players who would say that they owe their careers to that legendary coach.

But, since the time Rehhagel left, the Greek association has struggled to find another one like him.

SinišaMihajlović is targeting a top 3 finish in his first season in charge of Ac.Milan

The pre-season journey of Ac.Milan has seen them claiming triumphs over Reggiana, Alcione, Legnano and Inter Milan but also sustained a few loses after facing off with Real Madrid and Olympiaque Lyon.

It’s been a fairly positive pre-season for the Italian side even with their defeats as SinisaMihajlovic took charge of Ac.Milan less than 2 months ago and it already seems like the Serbian manager has a plan on how to turn Ac.Milan into the powerhouses they used to be some time ago.

Despite having tough competition in the midfield, Carrick isn’t leaving United

Michael Carrick is 34 years old and he was rumored of exiting Manchester United and joining another club but it seems like the veteran midfielder will not be leaving the Premier League club anytime soon.

Juan Mata, MarouaneFellaini, Ander Herrera, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin are all of the competition that Michael Carrick will be facing for a spot in the midfield of Manchester United but despite being older than everyone else, Carrick is relishing being able to compete against all of these players for a spot in the team.

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