Wednesday March 4, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
20o C
11o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Greek players flee local soccer league

By George Georgakopoulos

Greek soccer players are leaving the country’s league in droves, with the most high-profile examples in the last few days being the departures of Greek internationals Vassilis Torosodis and Nikos Spyropoulos.

The discredited and devalued Greek championship – with the huge decline in sponsor and television rights revenues, salaries, attendances, competitiveness and interest – is losing its stars faster than apricot trees lose their leaves in fall.

Roma swooped for Olympiakos utility man Torosidis and added him to his roster immediately, even though its original plans had been about taking him to the Italian capital this summer.

Spyropoulos will also continue his career in Italy. Reports suggested on Tuesday that Panathinaikos has accepted a bid by Chievo Verona for the Greece left-back and that Panathinaikos midfielder Lazaros Christodoulopoulos may well take the plane to Italy, too, in the next few days.

Another example is former AEK winger Panayiotis Lagos, who has resorted to moving to Ukraine’s Vorskla Poltava.

His former teammate, Mavroudis Bougaidis has been chased by Italy’s Parma this week but the bid has met AEK’s denial. The young central defender has pleaded with his club to reconsider Parma’s offer, but AEK is probably determined not to let him go.

If Bougaidis does move to Parma he will join another Greek there, Sotiris Ninis. The Greece midfielder joined the Italian club last summer and stated in September that “in Greece there is no soccer, and one can also realize this through the way they speak about us abroad.

"In the Greek league the level is very low, while abroad you learn how to play soccer. Greek players should go abroad if they can,” said Ninis, who has not yet hit good form with the «Parmensi».

On the other hand, while a significant number of Greeks are also plying their trade in Cyprus, the island’s growing financial crisis seems to be stemming the players' flow from Greece to Cyprus.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday Jan 29, 2013 (16:11)  
Super League restarts, but behind closed doors
Marinakis fines Olympiakos players
Olympiakos´s Karembeu confident UEFA on top of racism
Waters turns from zero to hero for Kolossos Rhodes
Ex-SDOE chief Diotis says he received altered Lagarde list
The former head of the Financial Crime Squad (SDOE), Yiannis Diotis, on Wednesday denied any wrongdoing in the handling of the Lagarde list and insisted that the memory stick he was given co...
Tsipras and Samaras meet for first time since elections
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his predecessor Antonis Samaras met for the first time on Wednesday since SYRIZA’s large win over New Democracy in the January 25 general election. Both men...
Inside News
PPC chief quits after being told to stand trial
The chairman and chief executive officer of Public Power Corporation, Arthouros Zervos, tendered his resignation on Wednesday after the Council of Appeals Court Judges in Athens decided to s...
Cyprus protesters demand end to ‘devastating’ austerity
Several thousand demonstrators in Cyprus called on Wednesday for an end to government austerity policies which they say have driven many in the bailed-out country to poverty. Wednesday’s pro...
Inside Business
FOCUS
Greek officials have ruffled feathers in Brussels for not having good diplomatic manners
Strapped for cash and under pressure to deliver on reforms, Greece's new radical government has ruffled feathers in Brussels by not respecting the diplomatic niceties of the negotiating tabl...
COMMENTARY
Up the creek without a paddle
One of the issues that dominated the country’s pre-election debate was whether SYRIZA, which eventually won the vote, had worked out a plan B. It was clear from the start that its much-hyped...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Ex-SDOE chief Diotis says he received altered Lagarde list
2. PPC chief quits after being told to stand trial
3. Cyprus protesters demand end to ‘devastating’ austerity
4. Distortions feared in bond market due to ECB’s QE plan
5. Judges call for PPC CEO to be tried over pay rises
6. Bulgaria seeks to revive plans for Nabucco pipeline
more news
Today
This Week
1. Up the creek without a paddle
2. Greek officials have ruffled feathers in Brussels for not having good diplomatic manners
3. Panousis says no official decision on undocumented migrants
4. More Germans booking holidays in Greece, tourism chief says
5. For Greece, a lesson from Ireland, Kenny says
6. ECB glimpse of Cyprus debt shows limits of bank cleanup
Today
This Week
1. Greece to make international protest over Turkey reserving Aegean air space
2. A fierce battle looms
3. SYRIZA feeling the pain
4. The Greek tax drama
5. The unlikely winners of Greece's surrender on euro
6. Tsipras reversal draws Greek sympathy as party rumblings rise
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.