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Greek side Olympiakos have reportedly completed the transfer of Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike from Turkish club Fenerbahce.


The 30-year old make the switch after weeks of being linked with the club.

The player is expected to earn €2 million annually after agreeing to a two year deal with an option of an extra year. The striker confirmed the deal on Wednesday.

“I want to say to our fans that I’m here. I’m here to play and I will always give my best. When I’m on the field, I will give my best, for the club and for the fans,” the player promised.

The player is expected to resume training with his teammates after excelling in the medicals. The rest of the squad are in Belgium for the second phase of their pre-season training. Emenike is expected to join them for the rest of the planned friendly games.

Greek club Olympiakos has sacked their coach Paulo Bento after the club suffered a third straight defeat in the Greek league.


However, the club still leads the table by seven points.

Paulo Bento took charge of the team seven months ago when he replaced Victor Sanchez who only managed to coach the team for two games only. Indeed Olympiakos was eliminated from the Champions League qualification stage.

Paulo Bento is the former Portugal coach and managed his national side at the 2014 World Cup. So far Olympiakos has lost only four games out of 23 matches, but for the Olympiakos board, this is simply unacceptable.

Indeed Olympiakos has won the Greek League 15 times since 2000 and the only objective of the Greek side are to become Champion. They feel that if Bento stays at the head of the team, they will be caught by the likes of Panionios who have one game in hand.

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.

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.

Sam Allardyce has been the manager of West Ham United since June of 2011 but his time in the Premier League club might be reaching it’s end as the 60 year old English manager is continuously being linked with a move away from the club at the Boleyn Ground.

The managerial contract that Allardyce has with West Ham United expires at the end of the season and so far it remains uncertain if he will be offered a contract extension beyond the summer.

Marcelo Bielsa, David Moyes, Eddie Howe and Rafael Benitez are just some of the names which have been popping around as any of them are being rumored on taking up the managerial role at West Ham United if Sam Allardyce is not offered a new contract in the next few months.

Sam Allardyce himself has announced that he remains unsure as to what will happen as the English manager said: “No, I don’t know if I’m going to be here. But I don’t see any other way, that in my position, when you are contracted at a football club, you do the job that you are paid to do.”

Franco Di Santo reckons the top tier Football in Germany is quite intense, probably a little more than that in England.

If Di Santo had made this statement some time back, it would have been considered ridiculous, but, the way the English teams have performed in the Champions League over the last couple of years, it seems the Argentina international is not off the mark.

There were only a couple of English teams in the Round of 16 in the previous season’s Champions League and neither of them managed to advance to the quarters.

When asked to compare the leagues in Germany and England in an interview, Di Santo said, “Frankly speaking, I had not expected Bundesliga to be that intense, but, having played in it for a full season now, I would say it’s more intense in comparison to any other league I have played in my career so far. As a player; you are under pressure all the time.”

“The training regimes are also quite different in the two countries. They have a different philosophy back there in UK. They don’t put that much pressure on the body of the players. There is more emphasis on rest. In Germany, it’s not like that. We have to train quite a bit and I have realized it’s beneficial in terms of stamina.”