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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 March 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015 31 SPORT Greece needs to play more attacking football Greece coach Sergio Markarian wants the team to mature from its defence-heavy play Greece coach Sergio Markarian said on Thursday he wanted Greece to play more attacking football against Hungary in a Euro 2016 qualifier on March 29 as his side strive to move off the bottom position. "We know it is a very difficult time and we need a big effort, but I believe in the players and the chances that we have. With a good effort and cooperation we will do well," the 70-year-old Uruguayan coach told a press conference. Markarian, who was picked to coach the Greeks through the Euro 2016 tournament last month, said that if Greece failed to qualify for the finals in France next year it would be a step backwards after Markarian said that in the past Greece had been known for its defensive play, but he wanted the team to be more offensive. "In the past Greece had a style, good defence and goals in the counter attacks. With time this style has been lost. We must move forward. Good football means good defence and good offence," the former coach of Peru and Paraguay added. Sergio Markarian wants to give Greeks “joy at this difficult time”. PHOTO: EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS. such a good showings from 2002 onwards. "But we are optimistic and will try our best," Markarian said. "We want to give the Greeks joy at this difficult time for them." Markarian said the match with Hungary would be crucial for his side. "I cannot say if we will win or not, but I am sure with the help of the players we will play good football," he added. Greece are bottom of the group, with just one point in four matches. Romania head the table with 10 points followed by Northern Ireland (9), Hungary (7), Finland (4) and Faroe Islands (3). Source: AFP Sydney FC to take on Tottenham Hotspur Sydney Olympic stadium to host the blockbuster friendly confirm that Sydney FC will compete against one of English football's top clubs, Tottenham Hotspur," Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow said in a statement. Sydney FC has confirmed it will host Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur in a one-off friendly match on May 30. Spurs will bring their strongest available cohort of players to the Sydney Olympic stadium fixture. "I am delighted to be able to "This will be a fantastic occasion for this city and one for all Sydney FC supporters and Sydneysiders to get excited about. "Tottenham Hotspur are one of the biggest and most glamorous football clubs and share our philosophy of exciting, attacking football on the pitch and an iconic, premium brand off it. "This has the potential to be the most anticipated game of the year and will stand out as a highlight in the 2015 sporting calendar." Australian football fans will be spoilt for choice in the offseason, with Sydney FC's announcement coming after Premier League defending champion Manchester City, European champion Real Madrid and Serie A giant Roma were confirmed to take part in the International Champions Cup event in Melbourne. NPL 1 gets Postecoglou support He might be keeping an eye on hundreds of international games, but Ange Postecoglou showed he is just as interested in the Australian grassroots levels. The Socceroos coach was spotted at the NPL East 1 game between two Greek clubs Kingston City and Nunawading City. He watched the goal-filled game alongside former South Melbourne player and now Nunawading sponsorship manager Manny Azenakis. Ange Postecoglou with Manny Azenakis during the match. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES. UFC coming to Melbourne The Andrews government has lifted a cage fighting ban in Victoria and will welcome a UFC competition later this year Ultimate Fighting Competition (UFC) has wasted no time in announcing it will host a UFC 193 pay-per-view event in Melbourne after the Andrews government lifted a cage fighting ban. The UFC expects to host the match on November 15 at Etihad Stadium, and still hasn’t announced who will headline the event. The turnaround is expected to bring Melbourne a huge economic boost, with the UFC predicting more than 50,000 fans packing Etihad stadium and more than $50 million in revenue to the state. "This is a major milestone for mixed martial arts in Victoria, which will allow the sport to flourish while at the same time better protecting its competing athletes," said Tom Wright, UFC executive vice-president and general manager, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In the last five years, the UFC has staged six events in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The sport has been allowed in Victoria previously but only if it was staged in a boxing ring. Before the turnaround, any promoter or organisation staging an event faced fines of up to $12,000 or 12 months jail. Victoria Police and a former sport minister have slammed the turnaround, saying it glorifies violence. "Our view simply is this normalises the brutality, this normalises the violence," former state sport minister Damian Drum told The Age. "I share the view that this is a very violent and brutal sport, I share the view of our former police commissioner Ken Lay, who has been a fantastic advocate for reducing violence in our society, that this is a barbaric sport and Melbourne should have no place for it.” Mariners coach axed Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss has been axed, with the club’s technical director Tony Walmsley appointed interim coach Just two days before their next A-League match, the Central Coast Mariners have announced their head coach Phil Moss has been stood aside, effective immediately. The Mariners’ newly appointed technical director Tony Walmsley will be stepping in as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The decision is part of stage two of executive vice chairman Peter Storrie's restructure that will also see assistant coach Wayne O'Sullivan offered a new role at the club. Stepping into a player/coach role will be Central Coast Mariners club captain John Hutchinson, who will take on the dual position until the end of his final campaign as a player. The Mariners have struggled this A-League season and sit in eighth place with just three wins from 19 matches, six points behind the seventh-placed Brisbane Roar and five ahead of the Newcastle Jets in ninth. The November 15 event is expected to bring in $50 million in revenue for Victoria. PHOTO: AP/MARK J. TERRILL.
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