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Greek-run club in Oz wins the state title

South Melbourne, one of Australia’s oldest and most popular soccer clubs run by ethnic Greeks, won its eighth Victorian state soccer title over the weekend with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Altona Magic. Youngster Yiannis De Nittis headed in South Melbourne’s solitary goal in the 63rd minute for the win and title triumph. A former force in Australia’s national league, the country’s premier club-level soccer competition, South Melbourne was recently demoted to the state league after failing to meet certain financial criteria.