Wednesday September 17, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
27o C
20o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Eric Abidal joins up Olympiakos squad in Austria

Eric Abidal joined on Tuesday his new teammates at Zeefeld, Austria for their preseason training after Olympiakos confirmed on Saturday it had signed the veteran French defender on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Monaco had announced a few days ago that its 34-year-old captain, who underwent a liver transplant in 2012 while playing for Barcelona, would extend his contract with the French Ligue 1 runner-up for another season.

But instead he has joined up with the Olympiakos squad in Austria.

Abidal made 26 appearances in Ligue 1 last season but lost his place to Aymen Abdennour in the second half of the championship and was not called up by France coach Didier Deschamps for the World Cup.

Abidal, who played for Barcelona for six years from 2007, was first diagnosed with a liver tumor in March 2011 and a year later underwent a transplant.

The former Lille and Lyon player says he has fully recovered and he successfully completed medical checks with Olympiakos on Saturday.

He joined Monaco in July last year after Barcelona opted not to renew his contract and won the last of his 67 caps for Les Bleus in February 2012 before undergoing the liver transplant that sidelined him for just under 12 months.

Monaco's Congolese international midfielder Delvin N'Dinga has been loaned for a second season to Olympiakos, the Ligue 1 runners-up confirmed on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old, who has 23 caps for the Congo national side, played 19 matches for the Greek Superleague outfit last season, scoring one goal.

The former Auxerre player teams up again with Abidal.

Another Frenchman, winger Mathieu Dossevi, 26, also joins Olympiakos from Ligue 1 side Valenciennes, the Greek club confirmed.

On Sunday Olympiakos announced the extensio of the contracts of Greece internationals Andreas Samaris and Dimitris Siovas until 2018.

Midfielder Samaris was a member of the Greek squad that reached the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil before losing to Costa Rica on penalties.

The 25-year-old scored the first goal in a 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast in the group stage, a result that qualified Greece for the knockout phase for the first time in the country's history.

Samaris scored four goals in 28 appearances last season as Olympiakos strolled to a record 41st Greek title.

Siovas, 25, has been capped eight times at international level, but the defender missed the World Cup through injury.

[AFP]

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday Jul 8, 2014 (15:52)  
Mitroglou rediscovers scoring touch after Fulham let-down
Mitroglou seals Olympiakoss 3-2 triumph over Atletico
Olympiakos, Atletico gear up for Champions League opener
Greece wins womens U19 Europeans in water polo
UN special envoy says Cyprus peace talks enter new phase
A United Nations envoy says talks to reunify the ethnically divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus have moved up a gear with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders looking to bridge gaps on core ...
Samaras to meet with Merkel in Berlin on Sept. 23
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks on the progress of the Greek program in Berlin on Tuesday, September 23. The meeting, which will take ...
Inside News
Aegeans Vassilakis says Cyprus air sale could mean lower fees
Aegean Airlines SA could benefit from the privatization of Cyprus Airways Public Ltd. even if it doesnt eventually buy the carrier, as the process paves the way for a review of airport fees...
Production of the new Pony to start by the end of the year, NAMCO says
Production of the new generation light-passenger-utility Pony vehicle will begin by the end of the year, NAMCO (National Motor Company of Greece) has announced according to a report in Eleft...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
Loud patriotism
I admit that whenever politicians drag religious faith and worn-out patriotism into discussions I button up. I feel the same way when I see bishops blatantly getting involved in politics. To...
EDITORIAL
In need of a second wind
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and a few of his ministers have gone to great lengths to see Greece regain credibility in the eyes of its partners. Given that the state mechanism is not...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. UN special envoy says Cyprus peace talks enter new phase
2. Samaras to meet with Merkel in Berlin on Sept. 23
3. Aegeans Vassilakis says Cyprus air sale could mean lower fees
4. Prosecutor orders probe into Lagarde, Tsipras death threats
5. Production of the new Pony to start by the end of the year, NAMCO says
6. Eurozone August inflation revised up to 0.4 pct
more news
Today
This Week
1. Loud patriotism
2. In need of a second wind
3. SYRIZA victory would spark a bank run, PM reportedly warns
4. Davutoglu calls for a two-state solution in Cyprus
5. Tsipras to meet with Pope Francis on Thursday
6. Production of the new Pony to start by the end of the year, NAMCO says
Today
This Week
1. Greece on standby
2. A Greek God
3. Avramopoulos appointed Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs
4. Central Athens traffic restrictions back in force on Monday
5. Greece at bottom of social justice scale among EU28
6. EU bank tests may miss trillion dollar risk, study finds
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.