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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 04 October 2014
The Greek government an- nounced the suspension of all team sports events in Greece scheduled for the October 4-5 weekend, to mark the memo- ry of the Ethnikos Piraeus fan who died a few hours earlier, having been attacked in mid- September by violent fans in a third-division soccer game. "As a minimum show of re- spect to the memory of Cos- tas Katsoulis, who today lost his life falling victim to fan violence, the Deputy Culture and Sports Minister Yiannis Andrianos has suspended all competitive games of na- tional competitions in team sports," the ministry's state- ment read. This will affect the Super League and third division matches in soccer, the bas- ketball cup, the A1 division in men's handball and the League Cup in men's volleyball. The 46-year-old Ethnikos fan was repeatedly hit on the head as home fans attacked the visiting supporters dur- ing the match between Iro- dotos and Ethnikos at Nea Alikarnassos, in Crete, two weeks ago. Originally pronounced clin- ically dead and later ascer- tained to be in a coma, Kat- soulis was taken from Crete to the 401 military hospital in Athens in an effort to keep him alive. He passed away in the early hours of Monday. Notably, the original verdict of the doctors at the Iraklio hospital, where he was rushed unconscious, had been that he had suffered brain damage due to a stroke, and not due to the blows he had sustained by Irodotos fans, as the even- tual diagnosis by doctors in Athens explained. A prosecutor had filed charg- es against four people for at- tempted murder, which are now turning into murder charges. For the Super League, the much anticipated PAOK and Olympiakos match will be affected, with the Thessalon- iki club finally securing the League's top spot. Atromitos forced Olympia- kos' first loss this season in all competitions last week to a first-half goal by Tasos Karamanos. Atromitos produced an im- pressive first-half perfor- mance and scored through a player whom Olympiakos had lent to the team in late Au- gust. On-loan Karamanos slot- ted the ball home from near the penalty spot to give his answer to Olympiakos coach Michel, who had deemed him surplus to the champion's ros- ter in the summer. Twenty-four hours later PAOK thrashed OFI Crete 4-0 at home to reach 13 points from five games, courtesy of two goals from Razvan Rats, and one each from Robert Mak and Stefanos Athanasi- adis, all of them in the first half. One point behind PAOK, in second, is surprise package Veria, that saw off 10-man PAS Giannina 2-0 at home, goals coming from Javier Campora and Nikos Kaltsas. Level on 10 points with Olympiakos and Atromitos are Panathinaikos and Kerky- ra who scored victories last weekend. Panathinaikos defeated bot- tom team Niki Volou 1-0 through an Abdul Ajagun strike, while Kerkyra downed Levadiakos 3-2 in the week- end's most entertaining en- counter. In other games Asteras Trip- olis won 1-0 at Platanias, Pan- ionios drew 1-1 with ten-man Xanthi, as did Ergotelis with Panetolikos and Kalloni won 2-0 against Panthrakikos. SPORT 30 SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER 2014 Greece postpones all sport Theo Markelis is now in Greece training to get into first team selection for Super League club Veria PAOK now sits on top of the Super League table. PHOTO: EPA/SOTIRIS BARBAROUSSIS. The big PAOK vs Olympiakos match will have to wait as Greece’s football community marks the memory of a fan killed in post-match clashes Young Socceroo signs to Veria CON STAMOCOSTAS After spending a difficult year in Spain, 22-year-old Greek Australian Theo Markelis has signed to Super League club Veria. "Signing for Veria FC is a great opportunity," Markelis told Neos Kosmos, "because they are in the first division and that is where I have al- ways wanted to be no mat- ter where it is, and also it's in Greece which is my home town and a fantastic club." The Young Socceroo was left stranded when a permanent deal with Racing Santander fell through due to the club's major financial problems. That resulted in Markelis spending half a season with Hercules CFB. Before that, injury riddled the midfielder, who struggled to break the first team at his team in 2012, Melbourne Vic- tory. He only made five ap- pearances under coach Ange Postecoglou. Markelis grew up in Mel- bourne and first played com- petitively for Brunswick City, Green Gully and the Victorian state team. Brimming with talent, he signed to Valencia when he was just 15. He spent three years in Spain, averaging 15 goals a season in Valencia's youth teams. "Moving to such a big club, I felt that it was a dream come true," he says. "I grew as a player and learned things that I believe I couldn't learn anywhere else. I played with players such as Isco who now plays for Real Madrid." His next stop was Italy, where he signed to Vicenza, chasing a dream to break into the first team, something he thought would never happen in Valenica. He spent two years at the club before a homecoming to Melbourne Victory, once again chasing first team selection. Although Ange Postecoglou believed in him, injury would prevent him from making a lasting impression. His homecoming did bring with it more opportunities, after he was selected to play for the Young Socceroos in the under 20s. Signing to Veria has been an unexpectedly easy fit. The club's headquarters are just two hours away from his fa- ther's home town of Serres. "Veria is a beautiful and historical place and I'm a big Greek fan and I love my country so I love living here," he says. "It's a small city but it's beautiful. I have adjusted pretty well here." Markelis has come at a great time for the club, which has changed its for- tunes and is fighting for top position against champions Olympiakos and PAOK. Ethnikos fans distraught after the clashes. PHOTO: TO VIMA. GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Theo Markelis playing for Melbourne Victory in 2012.
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