Greek Superleague giants Olympiakos FC have completed the signing of former Manchester City man, Yaya Toure on a free transfer.
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.
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.
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.
Former Fulham midfielder Giorgos Karagounis has announced his retirement from the game in order to focus on his role as the football director with the Greece national team. The Europeans recently appointed former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri as their new manager. This was after Fernando Santos stepped down from his role after the World Cup 2014. Karagounis is widely regarded as one of best players of his generation from Greece. Ranieri wasted no time in having him on board to help him with the national team. One of the immediate tasks for Ranieri will be to get the team into Euro 2016 finals.
The national team definitely has made a disastrous start to life in the Ranieri after losing two out of the opening three matches. They have taken only one point from these three matches and already faced the prospect of missing out on an automatic qualification spot. This is after the fantastic start made by the likes of Northern Ireland, who have a 100% record. Karagounis goes out from the game after having achieved a lot including winning the Euro 2004. Not many expected Greece to win this competition, but it was made possible with the quality from players like Karagounis.
Karagounis says that it is a delight to have enjoyed such an illustrious playing career. Now he is focusing on his role with the national team. “I am officially retiring from football. I wasn’t planning on retiring – I was training on my own and considering my last move. However, after talking with the FA president and meeting [coach] Claudio Ranieri – as well as receiving calls from my former team-mates who wanted me to return – I made up my mind. For now, I will mainly be with the seniors in the role of liaison between players and coach,” said the former Fulham man.
Walter Mazzarri was finally happy man after seeing his Inter Milan team manage a 7-0 rout of Sassuolo in the Italian Serie A during the weekend. Inter have undergone massive changes over the summer including the arrival of players like Vidic on a free transfer. However, there continues to be doubts about Mazzarri’s ability to take the team back to the top of the table. The former Napoli manager failed to get the club back into the Champions League last season despite a promising start. Mazzarri has once again managed to get the team playing in excellent fashion at the start of this campaign.
Inter failed to win on the opening day after a 0-0 draw with Torino, which once again raised suspicions about Mazzarri. The manager, who signed a new contract extension only in the summer much to the surprise of many, has pulled off a 7-0 victory in the second match. The 21-year-old Icardi, who appears to have a bright future ahead of him, was the star of the show after securing a hat-trick. Players like Osvaldo, who have been signed in the summer from Southampton, also managed to get on the scoresheet. After the encounter, Mazzarri reflected on this excellent performance by saying that this is the way he wants Inter to be playing every week.
“We had already ended last season with this style of football, though a few players have changed. I said during the week that the wide midfielders had to pressure quickly and push forward, be aggressive, as that is the football I like. Playing in this way and with this tempo is the ideal of football in my view. We hope to continue like this. Our objective is to always maintain this attitude, determination and aggression on the field. We need to be fast, move the ball around quickly,” said Mazzarri.