The past few weeks has been a bad advertisement for the top leagues in Europe as cases of Fans misbehaviour have headlined the news. The recent case of a fan running onto the pitch in the derby clash between Birmingham and Aston Villa reinforces the dangerous precedent in recent years.
The male fan punched the Aston Villa from the back before being escorted by the police amid reports of potential jail time for the assault. Later during the day another fan ran onto the pitch in the clash between Arsenal and Manchester United and appeared to shove Chris Smalling before running to celebrate with the Arsenal players.
The club of Olympiakos was recently penalized for a huge amount of 90 thousand Euros following trouble by the crowd present in its match which was held in the Europa League against the club of AC Milan in the last month. UEFA sanctioned the side of Greek on the last Friday over the offense of pitch invasion, blocked stairways, and the ridiculous activity of setting-off of some fireworks on and off the field during a match in which the club defeated Milan on 13th of December, held at the Piraeus.
Olympiakos will be playing its next match at the home behind the doors which will be closed; however, this was banned for a “period of probation” for a time duration of 2 years. The Reds will be facing Dinamo Kiev for forthcoming Round of 32 which will be held in the next month. The coach of Milan named Gennaro Gattuso has suggested after the match that the club of Olympiakos threw some additional balls over the pitch of the stadium and he also mentioned it as a “strange noise of trumpet”, although he made it very clear that this incidence cannot be an excuse for the defeat of Italians. And he said that they lost the match because of the performance of the side and there wasn’t any other reason for the loss. Milan was also penalized 5 thousand Euros after some fans of Milan set off crackers in the stadium.
Greek Superleague giants Olympiakos FC have completed the signing of former Manchester City man, Yaya Toure on a free transfer.
The Ivorian midfielder has always looked likely to leave Manchester City since the arrival of Pep Guardiola and Olympiakos have seized the opportunity. Initially, rumors had it that Yaya still wanted to stay in England. A rumour even spread that the midfielder had passed a medical in London.
Greek outfitPanetolikos have been able to bring in Sierra Leone star Alhassan Kamara on a two-year contract. The 25-year-old claims that the presence of TraianosDellas was a decisive factor in helping him convince about a move to Greek football.Dellas was part of the Greek team that managed to create history by winning the Euro 2004. He is now trying to make a career in management and one of his key signings since becoming a manager is Kamara. The player was on the books of Swedish outfit Hacken BK but he has left the team by mutual consent.
The player has revealed that he had several offers from clubs in Dubai, Qatar, and more. However, he has chosen to move toPanetolikos in order to make further progress in his career.Dellas has been extremely delighted with the arrival of the 25-year-old. His former teammate, Kallon, believes that Kamara has the potential to become a crucial player for the Greek team. Kallon has represented the likes of AS Monaco and Inter Milan in the past. After having played alongside the likes of Rivaldo andDellas in the past, Kallon says that he has seen enough ofKamara to suggest that the 25-year-old will become a crucial player – especially under the management of his former teammate.
Premier League side Liverpool are still searching for a capable replacement for Loris Karius in goal, as per reports from the Merseyside. The club has considered options in Alisson of AS Roma and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid. However, these two would surely cost the club a lot and in the end it might be impossible to poach.
Reports coming in claim Coach Jurgen Klopp has identified another shot stopper in Thomas Strakosha of Lazio. Following the major blunders in the Champions League final, The Reds are desperate for a top player that can handle the pressure and perform. Strakosha would cost Anfield about £30 million, which is well within the club’s budget compared to the other two which would require breaking the world record.
As the Euros are usually held about the same time every year, it is easy to reminisce the kind of games that were witnessed years back among the participating countries.
For instance, on June 12th in 2004 Portugal had been a host to an opening match and their opponent team was in Greece. The latter had qualified for World Cup and Euros only once every time and after that they had been unable to win a game. As a result the hosts were confident about the game.