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Tsiolis to sit on Aris bench

Overshadowed by the match-fixing allegations of the ?Calciopoulos? scandal, the Super League returns to action on March 12 when Aris fans will be carefully assessing new coach Sakis Tsiolis in his debut with the team.

The soccer players’ strike was called off and Olympiakos may win the title mathematically on March 12, as the Greens will not be able to catch their perennial main rivals in the remaining rounds of the league if Iraklis defeats Panathinaikos at Thessaloniki.

The day’s other ties are Asteras Tripolis vs Olympiakos Volou and Panserraikos vs Xanthi.

Even if Panathinaikos does manage to win at Iraklis, Olympiakos will have another chance to clinch its 38th league title with victory at PAOK on March 13.

On the same day Ergotelis faces Atromitos, Panionios greets Larissa in a relegation dogfight, AEK entertains Kavala and Kerkyra hosts Aris.

Thessaloniki club Aris announced on March 10 the appointment of Tsiolis, the former Olympiakos Volou coach, to its bench until the summer of 2012.

“I had said I did not want to coach another side this season after leaving Volos, but the president and the fans of Aris changed my mind,” Tsiolis stated.

“It is a great joy and honor for me to coach Aris,” he added.