David Luiz returned to Chelsea from Paris St Germain in a £30 million deal on transfer deadline day, but many have questioned the need to sign the Brazilian centre back.
Only a couple of years ago, PSG secured the player for a whopping £50 million – which is still a world record fee for a defender – from the blues. During his time at Chelsea,Luiz was seen as being highly erratic and unpredictable by most of the pundits. Greece legendGiorgos Karagounissays that he would not agree with the criticism of the defender as he feels that Luiz has been one of the best in his position.
Karagounis is best known for his time with the national team, and he was part of the Greek team that won the title at Euro 2004 in shocking circumstances. He has also played in English football with the likes of Fulham. However, he got his taste of Luiz when the duo were playing together at Benfica for two years between 2005 and 2007. After having seen enough of the Brazilian defender,Karagounis suggests that Chelsea’s decision to bring back the player is completely justified as he remains as one of the top defenders in the world.
The Greek club Panserraikos is rumored to be interested in signing the 21 year old Uganda attacker Herman Nteza.
The young attacker reaches the 22 year old mark in December, which is only in a few months’ time but a problem that Panserraikos might face in attempting to sign Herman is the fact that there are other clubs which are monitoring him and also believed to be on the verge of securing his services.
Vipers Sports Club are the reigning champions of the Uganda Cup and they have also been linked with Herman Nteza.
The agent of Herman Nteza is Geofrey Solo Kayemba and he has confirmed that his client is indeed available to be signed by any club and the team that does manage to sign him up will depend on whichever launches the best offer for the young attacker.
‘’It is a win win situation, whoever comes with the best offer for Herman Wasswa will be considered.’’ That was the statement released by Herman Nteza’s agent, GeofreyKayemba.
Kayemba also confirmed that Panserraikos had already launched an offer or invitation for the 21 year old player and according to the player’s representative, all that is left now is for Herman Nteza for him to get his visa but that almost everything else is done or at least believed to be in the final stages of completion.
‘’We got the invitation from Panserraikos and now what remains is the visa so that he travels for the final assessment and talks’’ GeofreyKayemba added on as he revealed information concerning Panserraikos as its turning into a potential football destination for his player, Herman Wasswa.
Even though Herman Nteza is still very young, he has already lifted a number of titles including 3 domestic trophies as a player of Kampala Capital City Authority FC and he was the top goal-scorer of Uganda Premier League during the season of 2012-13 with 20 goals.
Not every team has been able to hold onto their days of former glory and one such team is Greece.
Giorgos Karagounis feels that teams like Wales have the belief and the confidence that Greece had back in 2004. It was quite some time that Greece was able to win a tournament like Euros. This was about 12 years back. Being a midfielder, he was part of the winning team and he feels that the team had the confidence and the belief in their skills and strategies which helped them through the win
The team has stunned the world when they lifted the trophy that year. The team had been nicknamed the Pirate Ship as it was an unknown opponent on the field who had captured the tournament that year. Everyone saw the Lisbon city becoming a Greek colony as that year saw the fans in Portugal as well as in Athens rejoicing and singing praises of the team. The way the Wales are playing in 2016 reminds Giorgos of the way their team played in Greece.
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.
GiorgiosKaragounis has played an important role for the Greece national side as he made over 130 appearances for the national side which is more than any other player in the history of Greece.
The retired player was part of the Greece squad that won the 2004 Euro’s and it’s hard to deny the fact that Karagounis used to be one of the main figureheads and leaders of the national team during his playing career as he was the captain of Greece for a period of time.
Greece was eliminated from the 2014 World Cup on June 29 as they faced off with Costa Rica and lost in the penalty-kicks, after this match was over GiorgiosKaragounis decided to retire from performing at the international stage.
Following his retirement from Greece, Karagounis opted to become the national team director of his country but the retired performer had his contract terminated after a string of disastrous results during Greece’s journey through the 2016 Euro’s qualifiers.
Sergio Markarian was the coach of Greece but he was fired from his position during the same time that GiorgosKaragounis was also dismissed from his director role and it’s reported that both of them had ongoing issues and this was one of the main problems that led to Greece going through a string of negative results and ultimately the removal from both figures from their position in the national side.
Former National team director of Greece and Ex-Fulham Midfielder, Giorgios Karagounis has been leading a rather personal life since his disgraceful exit by the apex footballing body in Greece. Greek football federation (EPO) terminated the contract of the 38-year-old who doubles as the most capped Greek player. Giorgios Karagounis has 139 caps to his credit for the national team.
The star player was fired alongside other technical staff August last year. The apex body also claimed Giorgios Karagounis interfered with the job of Sergio Markarian when he was the head coach of the Greek team. Local media concurred with the claims of the Greek apex body and even went further to say Karagounis was the reason behind the resignation of Markarian.
The star player, whose club footballing career includes Panathinaikos, Inter Milan, Benfica and Fulham, refuted the claims.