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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 May 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015 31 SPORT Champions cruise to final season match After being crowned champions for the fifth time, Olympiakos has one match left for the Super League season Celebrations aside, Olympiakos still has one match left in the Super League. Last week in front of thousands of fans at home, the Reds hoisted up their fifth consecutive Super League title and capped it with a huge 5-0 win over Kalloni. Chori Dominiguez and Kostas Mitroglou scored a brace each, with Kostas Fortounis also making the scoresheet for the champions. Now, with nothing to play for, Olympiakos enters their last match against Platanias who are likely to finish 11th on the ladder. They have had a very strong track record of late - five wins straight - so a win against Olympiakos might not be so hard to achieve. Panthrakikos was the biggest winner of the penultimate round through its victory at Veria. Igor de Souza scored from the penalty spot to gift Panthrakikos three precious points against a nine-man Veria (1-0) and take the Komotini team level on points with Levadiakos. Levadiakos and Panthrakikos are level on 40 points, with one of them set to follow Ergotelis, OFI and Niki Volou to the second division. PAOK has risen to the second spot again through its win over Levadiakos, after Panathinaikos drew 1-1 at Kerkyra. Only one point differentiates the two big clubs, meaning the fight for second place isn't over just yet. A-League derby steals NPL crowd Round 12 of the NPL might have started with lacklustre crowd numbers, but this weekend’s matches will feed off A-League finals football fever Too much quality football on one night is a dream for fans, but it can mean that higher profile matches get the larger share of the crowds. That was the case last night as Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City clashed in a hugely anticipated finals A-League derby at a packed Etihad Stadium. Olympiakos had their celebrations last week, despite one match to go. PHOTO: OLYMPIACOS.COM Mitroglou on Fenerbahce radar bench or injured. Olympiakos loan player Kostas Mitroglou has been linked once again with a move to Fenerbahce. Signed to Fulham, and on loan to Olympiakos, Mitroglou could be considering a move away from the English club in favour of a more deserving club. Mitroglou languished at Fulham, where he spent most of time time on the His period at Olympiakos is set to expire, and while a return to Fulham could be possible, a transfer is more likely. According to the Turkish newspaper Fotomac, Fenerbahce may also use the Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike as a swap in order to complete the deal with Fulham for Mitroglou. Thousands of die-hard Greek Australian football fans flocked to the city to cheer on their top flight clubs, leaving behind another derby and a NPL champion to battle without much support. The Friday night scheduling saw NPL greats South Melbourne take on Avondale FC at Lakeside Stadium, while FFA Cup darlings Bentleigh Greens play a Greek derby against Northcote City at Kingston Heath. The Greens jumped ahead of South Melbourne in the last week thanks to a 0-2 win away against Avondale, still undefeated in the league. South Melbourne were held to a thrilling 2-2 draw against fellow Greek-sponsored club Port Melbourne Sharks, which lost them second place but still kept their undefeated streak alive. Port Melbourne might have been buoyed by holding last year's champions, but lost it where it counted this week when they lost their FFA Cup match against Avondale on Tuesday. They fought back twice to take the game to extra time and penalties, but weren't able to go the distance. It'll be hard for them to enter another match so soon when they take on Green Gully away today. Ladder leaders Heidelberg will travel to meet sleeping giant Hume City today. City has had a very incon- Bentleigh Greens and Northcote City had a derby at the same time as the Melbourne derby. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. sistent season so far, but have shown in the past that they can cause major upsets. Heidelberg will be coming into the match fired up after it succumbed to last placed North Geelong in a dirty 0-0 match last week. Oakleigh Cannons have made it two for two under new coach Arthur Papas, and will be chasing a third when they take on Werribee City on Sunday. The side has definitely changed tact, finally earning some impressive results. The Cannons managed to shoot through four goals against Dandenong Thunder last week, and can say they've bagged 10 goals scored in their last five games, compared to just two goals scored in their first five games. FFA to invest more in academies Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou happy to see measures introduced to keep up and coming local talent at home Expanding clubs' development pathways is a key aspect of the FFA's vision for the sport in the next 20 years. In the federation's Whole of Football Plan that gives a 20year blueprint for the sport, they're expecting to see a 'football community' of 15 million and a more cultivated grassroots program. Kostas Mitroglou’s season at Olympiakos is coming to an end. The aim is to increase the meagre 24 elite spots currently at the FFA Centre of Excel- lence in Canberra to 3000 by streamlining talent identification with all A-League clubs and National Premier League clubs to have accredited academies for players aged from 12 to 19. This will hopefully eliminate the need for young Australians to head overseas for elite development. These academies will also be supported by a program to develop high-performance schools across the country. FFA boss David Gallop said the program was to be piloted in NSW schools in 2015-16. Socceroos legend Harry Kewell was a product of Westfields Sports High School in Sydney. Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou believes a clear devel- opment system will be integral to finding the next superstar. "The more immediate need for me is talent ID," Postecoglou said. "I've seen it even at national level. I'm selecting guys who aren't on the normal radar and look how fruitful it's been for us, like a Massimo Luongo or guys like that. "The reality is that they're out Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou wants to see more young players staying in Australia. PHOTO: AAP/LUKAS COCH. there anyway - we just don't know them. "Schools are the easiest way, if we can tap into that and give them better coaches in their schools. "If at the age of 15 or 16 they're getting encouragement from within our system through academies maybe there won't be the need to go overseas."
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