Greece sees Future of National Side in the highly rated teenager Christian Vassilakis. It has been reported that the Greek Football Federation is trying to snap the star from Real Madrid, Vassilakis who has been in a great form for the Real Madrid juniors in the European Under-19 qualification Elite Round which is going to be held in March. The HFF is attempting to get past the required paperwork to include the 18-year-old striker in the squad of the team. Christian Vassilakis, popularly known as Vassi, qualifies for Greek nationality although he is a Valencia-born forward via his grandfather. This highly rated teenager has bagged around 500 goals in the set – up of Valencia before getting in the Real Madrid last season.
Dynamo Kyiv and Olympiakos were almost inseparable in the first leg of the Europa league last 32 match after playing out a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki.
Dynamo Kyiv entered into the match hopeful about picking up something from the match that would give them confidence ahead of the return leg at home. It was exactly the case with the team managing to score from both the shots on target in the match.
Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure has hinted about the possibility of joining Celtic in the near future. The 35-year-old is currently a free-agent after terminating his contract with Olympiakos and he has now revealed that he is eyeing one more season at the highest level in either Scotland of England.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Toure joked that his brother Kolo has urged him to take up a new challenge with the Scottish champions. He added that nothing has been decided yet regarding his future, though he would like to hold a meeting with manager Brendan Rodgers to find out whether the Hoops can offer him a contract.
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has hinted that he may be returning to the Premier League after cutting short his spell with Greek outfit Olympiakos. The 35-year-old moved to the Greek club only in the summer, but he has cut short his time back in December through mutual consent. The club were actively seeking a solution in order to reduce the wage bill, as they have been facing a lot of financial issues over the last year. As one of the highest paid players in the squad, Toure was a major burden on the club and they have decided to part company.
Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise claims that Liverpool need to bring back the atmosphere that Anfield fans provided in the match against Olympiakos in order to get them past Napoli in the upcoming group match. Liverpool have a very tough group game and the Reds need to win this match in order to progress into the last 16. After the 2-1 defeat against PSG in the recent group match, Liverpool have been pushed to the third spot. Over the years, Liverpool have produced some incredible results at home in the Champions League. John Arne Riise was part of the team that famously overcame Olympiakos in 2004 and it went on to lift the title under the stewardship of Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool require a two-goal victory in order to secure qualification and this occurs 14 years after Liverpool were able to come up with a remarkable comeback against Olympiakos. Jamie Carragher was also part of the squad that achieved the incredible comeback and he has said that it is not on the players alone. He says that supporters also have a crucial role to play in such impressive results. Liverpool ended up meeting Olympiakos 3-1 in this fixture and they went on to beat AC Milan on penalties and lifted the fifth major European Cup.
Olympiacos were able to come up with a dominant performance to beat Dudelange 5-1 in the latest game of the Europa League. The Luxembourg outfit are at the bottom of the pile in terms of expectations to reach as the knockouts. Dudelange have now suffered defeats in all four group matches. This game was expected to be a walkover for Olympiacos and it was indeed the case after the home team opened the scoring in the sixth minute through Vasilios Torosidis. It took the home team only a couple of minutes in order to double the advantage after Konstantinos Fortounis came up with the second goal of the evening.
Landry Bonnefei was expected to endure a tough time in front of goal and it was appearing more of the case whenLazarosChristodoulopoulos scored in the 26th minute to make it 3-0 for the hosts. This time around, it wasFortounis’ turn to help one of his teammates score a goal.Fortounis was having a great time on the pitch and he cemented the reputation as the best player on the pitch by coming up with the second goal just before half-time.Fortounis would not last through the 90 minutes as he was replaced just before the hour byKouka, but that did not stop the goals from coming in.
Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure has revealed that he could have quite easily jumped at the chance of heading to the Far East before retiring from the beautiful game. The Ivory Coast international had been on the search for a new club after being released from the Citizens last summer and a careful perusal; he decided to re-join Olympiakos with whom he spent one season between 2005 and 2006.
In an interview covered by Tovima, Toure revealed that he could have taken the easy route to head to Japan or China for the final stages of his career but he wanted to test himself with a better challenge. He added that he would like to retire with Olympiakos for whom he has signed until the end of the current season.
The representative of Yaya Toure has indicated that the midfielder was never close to joining West Ham United. The former Manchester City star was heavily tipped to join the Hammers after being available as a free agent but manager Manuel Pellegrini publicly confirmed that the club won’t be lodging an offer.
Despite this, there had been constant speculation linking Toure to West Ham after he acquired the British Citizenship but Seluk has now appeared to aim a dig at the Hammers by citing that they were not big enough to meet his expectations, he said: “Now about England. As I wrote on Twitter, Yaya recently became a citizen of Great Britain. His stay in Manchester City is still so fresh in the memory that it would be difficult to move to some other club.
Former AC Milan youngster HachimMastour is expected to join Greek outfit PAS Lamia in the next few days. The 20-year-old was regarded as one of the highly promising players when he broke through at AC Milan. He signed for the club in 2012. However,Mastour’s career has stalled since making the move to Milan as a youngster. He has struggled to break through from the large deal of highly quality players at the Italian outfit. Furthermore, it has also not been beneficial that the club has been going through a transitional period with focus on a switch from older to younger players.
During his time at AC Milan,Mastour was never able to make a first-team appearance.
However, he was sent out on loan to the likes of Malaga and Zwolle in the hope of helping him find first-team football. Even such moves turned out to be futile since the midfielder largely spent most of his time in the bench. AC manager Gennaro Gattuso, however, was impressed by the youngster in terms of his skills and pace. His signing will be a huge boost forPAS Lamia, who were able to finish 13th in the table last season. However, the new campaign has brought about a disastrous start for the Greek outfit, who have suffered back-to-back defeats to start the new campaign.
Carlisle United have been able to bring in a great defender in the form of Dimitris Kotsonis on a short-term trial. The defender was given a run out in the 2-0 victory over Penrith, who were the latest friendly opponents for Carlisle. The 29-year-old is quite an experienced asset for Carlisle and the wide consensus is that the player will sign up for the club on a permanent basis.Kotsonis is well travelled and he has played for several clubs in Europe. In fact, he was even representingPaniliakos at one stage in his career.
The player was recommended to Carlisle United by his agent. Manager John Sheridan decided to take a punt on the player and he was utilised for the full 90 minutes in the game againstPenrith. As a result of keeping a clean sheet in his first game in charge of the team, Kotsonis’ is likely to go up soon. The manager, though, tried to keep the player on the ground by claiming that his performances were quite decent in the game without being spectacular. This was the first pre-season match for Carlisle and they were able to get the victory due to goals from Cole Stockton and Max Brown.