Τρίτη, 01 Νοεμβρίου 2011 11:20

Potential lineup for Borussia Dortmund

Gavros paper have printed their expected lineup for tonight and I wanted to write a couple of words about what we are expected to see. Firstly we have the problem of Costanzo in goals. I did expect to see Costanzo start the game to be honest but there is no way that I can be happy about it. The favouritism shown to this terrible player is pretty plain to see. In every match we have seen one or more stupid mistake from this player, the guy has only kept one clean sheet in all competitions so far. How Valverde can repeatedly keep selecting this god-awful player at the expense of others (such as Daskalakis who has been treated terribly in my opinion) is a question that only he can answer.

In front of the nightmare in goals, we have a back four of Maniatis, Mellberg, Papadopoulos and Marcano. Most of these players I have no problem with (Maniatis for instance has done a reasonable job at covering Torosidis' position). Marcano however is another player of questionable ability, seemingly only selected because he speaks Spanish. Even if Holebas is used further up the pitch (see later), there are other options than Marcano who we should be trying instead. Poor old Zaradoukas got into the national team off his own performances, transfers into Olympiakos and is then passed over repeatedly for a lesser player who speaks Spanish. Zaradoukas made a mistake coming into our club at the present time, he will never be getting time in front of Marcano. Similarly we could potentially say the same about Papazoglou, gets no time on the pitch despite his pre-season and sees his playing time going to a loan player of questionable ability who we have no option to buy.

In the centre of midfield, we have Orbaiz and Modesto. I have no problem with either of these players and even if one of them is substituted we then have the capable Makoun to replace them.
In front of them, we potentially see Mirallas on the right, Ibagasa in the centre and Holebas on the left. The only gripe here is Holebas on the left wing and even this is a minor gripe since we simply do not have anyone of better quality available. Abdoun is a poor replacement, Monche looks indifferent and is not registered anyway. A better option would have been to use Fetfatzidis on the left wing and drop Holebas back to the left back position, therefore getting rid of the atrocious Marcano. This I believe would have been a much better option.

Finally, leading the line, we will see Djebbour and I can have no complaints about that.

People may think that I'm picking holes with some of these players and really it is only three positions which stick out like a sore thumb but we had all summer to sort out the lineup and all we saw was Valverde pack the squad with some awful players (Fejsa and Orbaiz excluded). Even allowing for the loss of Riera (who was simply a mercenary who put in an 'OK' performance), it doesn't allow for some of the dross we now have. There is a rumour flying about regarding Valverde only signing players from his own agents books and getting a kickback from the fees. This is looking more likely with every game I see at the minute.
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Δευτέρα, 31 Οκτωβρίου 2011 10:27

Preview : Borussia Dortmund - Olympiakos

UEFA Champions League - Matchday 4

vs

Tuesday 1st November - 9.45pm
Westfalenstadion, Dortmund

Yesterday, once the training session in Rentis had been completed, the team of 20 players was announced for Germany. The team set off this morning and is expected to be in Dortmund later today.


Much has been written in the press about the possibility of Costanzo being dropped for Megyeri but I can almost guarantee that will not be happening. We will see ol' "calamity Costanzo" in goals and therefore a stupid goal conceded at sometime tomorrow.

Anyway, heres the team :-

Goalkeepers (2) : Costanzo, Megyeri
Defenders (9) : Maniatis, Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Marcano, Holebas, Potouridis, Papazoglou, Torosidis, Modesto
Midfielders (6) : Fejsa, Orbaiz, Ibagasa, Makoun, Fetfatzidis, Abdoun
Attackers (3) : Djebbour, Pantelic, Mirallas
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Πέμπτη, 20 Οκτωβρίου 2011 12:15

Round Up Of Newspapers

News of last nights win was echoed around europe in various newspapers. Here are some of the headlines and quotes :-

Olympiakos 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: Greek side condemn Bundesliga champions to damaging Group F defeat
Ernesto Valderve's team pick up their first Champions League points, punishing a feeble showing by the Germans who sink to the bottom of Arsenal's group
Jose Holeba, Rafik Djebbour and Francois Modesto scored the decisive goals for the hosts, and they took full advantage of a poor display from the defending Bundesliga champions.
Dortmund were toothless in attack...
Olympiakos move into third place with three points, while Dortmund sink to the bottom of the Group F standings with a solitary point...
Goal.com

Olympiakos get off the mark with victory over Borussia Dortmund
Olympiakos earned their first points in Group F by comfortably beating the German champions Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.
Guardian

Greek tragedy for Dortmund
Olympiakos .... piled the pressure on German champions Borussia Dortmund with a comfortable victory...
...Olympiakos who finished much the stronger...
ESPN

Olympiakos impress in 3-1 win over Dortmund
"Olympiakos is a good team and I wasn't surprised by their quality ..." said Klopp.
...this was a more convincing performance from the Greek champions who will travel to Dortmund for their next game ....
Yahoo

Dortmund suffer devastating defeat
Borussia Dortmund suffered a crushing 3-1 loss to Olympiakos, putting the German champions at the bottom of their group and effectively blowing their chances of making it past the current group phase.
Deutsche Welle
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Τετάρτη, 19 Οκτωβρίου 2011 23:57

Olympiakos 3-1 Dortmund

Tonights match came from the fully packed Giorgos Karaiskaki stadium for the matchday 3 Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund. Unfortunately due to the journalist strike of the last two days, getting proper preview information has been difficult. However, for our team we knew that we had injury problems in the shape of Yeste, Fejsa, Fuster and Torosidis. The actual lineup that we ended up up actually using was therefore quite a makeshift one. Despite this, it was imperative that we got a victory in this game because a draw or even more unthinkable, a loss, would virtually guarantee a last place finish for us.
In the event, we turned out a lineup of Costanzo in goals and a defence of Modesto, Papadopoulos, Mellberg and Marcano in front of him. In the centre of midfield, we saw a duo of Makoun and Orbaiz holding the centre together. On the wings were Mirallas (right) and Holebas (!) on the left. Ibagasa filled the role of the attacking midfielder/playmaker whilst in front of him was the lone striker Djebbour. With the team on the pitch and the coreo displayed over the Gate7 end, we started the game off.

After a couple of minutes, we managed to settle down and get the ball forward and win the first corner of the game from an intercepted pass. Dortmund had the best of the next few minutes though it must be admitted and we had some trouble in getting the ball up the pitch at times. We managed to score the opening goal after such a period of pressure, we got the ball up the left side of the pitch in the 8th minute, crossed into the box and Holebas was present on the end of the ball to smack it home past the keeper. A superb opening to the game for us.
After the game restarted, the Germans came forward again although we were able to defend well enough to snuff out the threats. They did manage to get the ball in the net albeit from an offside position but at this stage, we were coping well enough and counter attacking to ease some of the pressure.

As the half continued, we got closer and closer to scoring a second goal with a golden opportunity coming in the 20th minute from a close range Mirallas header which unfortunately went over the bar. We also then had a prolonged period of possession for ourselves and managed to win another corner for ourselves but then managed to concede a very soft goal to allow Dortmund into the game. The ball came down our left and was passed to Lewandowski on the edge of the box. He shot low, not particularly hard and it still eluded Costanzo who failed to get a touch on the ball. It was a truly awful goal to concede and indicative of our utterly piss-poor keeper.

Once we had got going again, we started to build up play through the centre and then onto the wings, getting the ball forward and pressing their defence back. Dortmund in the meantime were now the team performing the counter attacking. Whilst we were pressing, Mirallas managed to fluff another almost point blank shot on goal which could have seen us 3-1 up by now had he hit the ball on both occasions a little better. To be fair on him it was a difficult chance but it was also frustrating to see us drawn so far in a game which we truly should be winning comfortably.
Come the hour, come the man though. Rafik Djebbour scored an exquisite second goal for us in the 40th minute after a low pass into the box, managing to break free from two defenders and then shooting home from a tight angle. A superb goal and won we had deserved through our gameplay. Djebbour came close with another chance minutes later whilst he was unmarked but couldn't get a clean strike on the ball and saw it go just wide. The halftime whistle went afterwards to see us 2-1 up at the break and deservedly so.

In the second half, we went on the offensive immediately getting the ball in and around the area with Holebas coming very close to scoring with a fast low shot from an indirect free kick. Dortmund then go through a spell of possession and to be fair on Costanzo, he did come good on one occasion when they managed to break through our defence and he had to intercept and clear the ball well outside of the box. We were by now playing a very decent game, passing the ball well, holding onto possession and taking the game well into the German half of the pitch.

Modesto had a good chance on goal from a free kick where he had managed to break free of his marker and get a header on goal, but he didn't get enough power on the ball and it went into the goalkeepers arms. Another chance came from a good run from Mirallas and a delayed 'one-two' move with Djebbour but he strayed offside for the final play.
By the 70th minute, we were starting to slow down and this was allowing Dortmund to get a little more time on the ball. It looked like we needed to make a transfer and appropriately enough, we did do with Maniatis coming on for Makoun (who had a good game) - Modesto moving into the middle and Maniatis slotting in at right back.

In the last fifteen minutes of the game, we continued to keep our shape as a team and get players behind the ball. Most importantly we score a third goal from a free kick, passed into the area and directly onto the head of Francois Modesto. Modesto had managed to get away from his marker and coolly nodded the ball home for 3-1.
This didn't stop us though as we continued to come forward after the restart and get shots away on their goal (although from distance). Borussia by this point looked like they had totally given up and were allowing us plenty of time on the ball.
Djebbour left the field to a round of applause as he was replaced in the 87th minute by Marko Pantelic, our second substitution of the match. Our third substitution, Fetfatzidis for Mirallas came right at the end of normal time. Dortmund pushed everyone forward for one final effort on our goal but ultimately we held out and the game finished 3-1 after an extra three minutes.

Tonight was a fine victory for our team, in one game we have achieved more points and goals than the Vazeloi managed in 6 games of the Champions League last season. To be honest, we should have scored more and never have conceded such a soft single goal in the first place. We move on now to the league match against Panionios this Sunday.


Olympiakos 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
8' Holebas
26' Lewandowski
40' Djebbour
78' Modesto
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H ΠΟΣΠΕΡΤ με επίσημη ανακοίνωσή της, έδωσε άδεια στους εργαζόμενούς της ΕΡΤ που απεργούν απο τις 21:30 το βράδυ της τετάρτης, μέχρι το τέλος του προγράμματος.

Αναλυτικά η ανακοίνωση της ΠΟΣΠΕΡΤ:

«Η ΠΟΣΠΕΡΤ για λόγους ισότητας και ανταγωνιστικότητας και συναισθανόμενη τη θέληση του Έλληνα πολίτη, που περνάει τις πιο δύσκολες στιγμές των τελευταίων 40 χρόνων από τις πολιτικές φτώχειας, ανέχειας και εξαθλίωσης της κυβέρνησης της τρόικας, καθώς και την επιθυμία των φιλάθλων να δουν τον αυριανό ποδοσφαιρικό αγώνα, αποφάσισε σε έκτακτη συνεδρίασή της να δώσει εξαίρεση στο προσωπικό από τις 21:30 της Τετάρτης, ώστε να καλυφθεί από τη ΝΕΤ η μετάδοση του αγώνα Ολυμπιακός-Ντόρτμουντ για το Champions League καθώς και όλη η υπόλοιπη αθλητική κίνηση μέχρι το τέλος του προγράμματος. Κατά τη διάρκεια του αγώνα θα περνάει κρόουλ με τα αιτήματα των απεργών». 
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Δευτέρα, 26 Σεπτεμβρίου 2011 22:17

Team Announced For Arsenal

The team for London has been announced on the official site. The players chosen are :- 

Goalkeepers (2) : Costanzo, Megyeri
Defenders (8) : Torosidis, Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Marcano, Holebas, Papazoglou, Potouridis, Modesto
Midfielders (5) : Orbaiz, Ibagasa, Fejsa, Abdoun, Makoun
Attackers (4) : Fuster, Djebbour, Pantelic, Mirallas

So Yeste didn't make it unfortunately.
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Τετάρτη, 14 Σεπτεμβρίου 2011 00:00

Olympiakos 0-1 Marseille.

Tonights game came from the red-hot atmosphere of a packed Giorgos Karaiskaki stadium. Olympiakos faced the impressive Olympique Marseille in the first matchday of the Champions League. The stadium was absolutely packed out for tonights game and everyone anticipated a fine match and probably more importantly, a win to start our campaign with a bang. Our team lined up in the standard 4-2-3-1 formation with Costanzo, Torosidis, Mellberg, Papadopoulos, Holebas, Modesto, Fejsa, Abdoun, Yeste, Fuster and Mirallas making up the team on the pitch. This was our first competitive match for 5 months but we hoped that the team would be able to win the game comfortably tonight.

As for the match itself, we kicked off the game but it was Marseille who won the first chance of the night with a corner and a header (over) on goal in the first two minutes. In reply, we had two chances from free kicks early on but neither was even close to a chance. We did get the ball in an around the French box on a few occasions but there was nothing of any real note. For the first ten minutes of the game, we were in good control of the game but unable to convert some reasonable play into proper scoring chances.

The next few minutes saw Yeste take a knock to the head and Marseille having some possession of the ball but nothing which was particularly threatening. We managed to counter the ball up the field and get a shot on goal courtesy of Mirallas but it was easily saved. Mirallas had another chance on goal from a sidepass in the box but managed to miss from close range. When Marseille did manage to get chances away on goal, they were either from long range or our defence managed to intercept the pass/shot.

Marseille were getting more control of the ball as the half went on but for the time, our defence was holding out and performing very well at closing down their forwards. We were stick getting forward whenever we had chance and Mirallas was still proving to be a threat up front even though his shots were being made from distance at the time. The French also had some chances on goal but luckily for us they were not on target. We had yet another chance at the Marseille end, Mirallas again from the edge of the area with a powerful shot which was unfortunately directly into the goalkeepers hands.

So as the first half drew to a close, it was fair to say that the French had more chances on goal than us but also their efforts were largely weak efforts with only the odd dangerous play. To say that this was our first competitive match in 149 days and only our second match in 23 days, we could be happy with our first half display. Back to the game though and the 45 minute mark saw another free kick to the French and another counter attack by ourselves which ended in a free kick of our own on the edge of the area. The kick was unfortunately saved and proved to be the last act of the first half. 0-0 at halftime!!

The second half was started off by Marseille this time although we again took control of the ball and sent it into their box only to see our players crowded out and unable to get any chances away. We followed this up by trying to get the ball down the flanks but again we got so far down the pitch before losing possession and letting the French gain the ball. Unfortunately Marseille manage to open the scoring with a close range shot in the 51st minute from Lucho Gonzalez and we found ourselves behind in the match. This was somewhat unfair for us but we had to bounce back quickly. Unfortunately we didn't close down the player and we were punished for a lapse in concentration.

To try and alter the game, Yeste was taken off for Djebbour and it was hoped that this change would give us some impetus. We still found that Marseille were coming forward though and had another chance from a free kick. We weren't impotent though and were still pressing for an equaliser, getting the ball up the pitch and around their box whenever possible. To help the team regain control of the game, we made two substitutions in the 67th minute, Jean Makoun and Ariel Ibagasa coming on for Fuster and Fejsa. Marseille started to fall back now to protect their lead.

As the game started to move into the final phase, we won a free kick on the edge of the area after Morel fouled Modesto. The shot rocketed against the wall and out, winning us a corner which we couldn't convert. After more midfield play, Djebbour had a magnificent chance to equalise after Torosidis crossed into the box for him. Djebbour went for the touch when perhaps he should have tried the header and scuffed it over the bar. More attacks for us followed with the French now counter-attacking but we just couldn't get that ball on target.

During the last minutes of normal time, we throw more attacks forward but it doesn't look like we will get anything from the match. Our players are looking like they are running out of steam and our lack of match fitness is starting to show. We kept going forward but it was going to take something special to get anything from this match now. We have another chance from a corner but again can't get anything from the situation. Just at the stroke of 90 minutes, Fanni is sent off for a dangerous challenge and gives us a chance on goal from a free kick but find the ball unfortunately being cleared and we miss out again. The game finishes after 4 minutes of extra time and desperate clearances from Marseille.
It was a very disappointing result but it was a result that we didn't really deserve. We made one mistake in the match and got punished for it whilst at the other end, we just had some atrocious luck...

Olympiakos 0-1 Marseille
51' Gonzalez.

Olympiakos :- Costanzo, Torosidis, Mellberg, Papadopoulos, Holebas, Modesto, Fejsa (67' Makoun), Abdoun, Yeste (55' Djebbour), Fuster (67' Ibagasa), Mirallas
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Τρίτη, 13 Σεπτεμβρίου 2011 10:34

Potential lineup for Marseille

According to Gavros newspaper, we are going to go with the standard 4-2-3-1 formation for tonights opening game in the Champions League. The lineup they have printed indicates that we will start with Costanzo in goal and in front of him a back line of Torosidis, Mellberg, Papadopoulos and Holebas. For the two holding midfielders we will be utilising Modesto and Fejsa, whilst on the wings will be Abdoun (right) and Yeste (left). Fuster will take his usual role as the attacking midfielder and the lineup completed by Mirallas operating alone.

Tonights game could be one of the most important of the entire season so I hope that we start with a fine victory.
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Δευτέρα, 12 Σεπτεμβρίου 2011 22:21

Team Announced For Champions League match against Marseille


We have announced the 19 players who will be available to take part in tomorrows Champions League game against Marseille. The team list is as follows :-

Goalkeepers (2) :- Costanzo, Megyeri
Defenders (7) :- Maniatis, Papadopoulos, Marcano, Holebas, Mellberg, Torosidis, Modesto
Midfielders (7) :- Orbaiz, Fejsa, Makoun, Abdoun, Yeste, Fuster, Ibagasa
Attackers (3) :- Djebbour, Pantelic, Mirallas

Unfortunately Fetfatzidis was not fit enough to be chosen.
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Τρίτη, 06 Σεπτεμβρίου 2011 13:56

Dortmund tickets sell out in under two and a half hours

Tickets for the Champions League matchday 3 encounter with Borussia Dortmund went on sale this morning. The tickets were only available through the online Olympiakos ticket portal but managed to sell out in just a few hours. The tickets went on sale from 10:30 this morning and were confirmed to have sold-out at 12.54pm. Thats 2 hours and 24 minutes to fill out a 33,000 capacity stadium.
The website also crashed a number of times due to the high volume of traffic. It's fair to say then that the stadium is filled on the evening of 19th October.
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