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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 May 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 MAY 2015 31 SPORT Veria’s Markelis comes back home Theo Markelis has signed to NPLV club Hume City and is now eligible to play Theo Markelis has come back home after an unsucessful stint at Greek Super League club Veria, and will begin playing for NPLV club Hume City. The 22-year-old joins the club in the mid-season transfer window, and was eligible to play from May 15. Markelis has an impres- sive history in Australia, having been picked to represent Australia in the Under 20s in 2010 to 2012. He im- pressed then Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou and was signed to the club in 2012 before being released mid-2013. He went on to sign to Segunda B Spanish side Racing de Santander, before moving to Hércules CF B. In the transfer window, Hume City have also signed Paul Harvey (Altona Magic, SL1 N/W) and Daniel Clark (Moreton Bay United, QLD NPL). Hume City played Pascoe Vale on Friday, and will take on Port Melbourne Sharks next Friday. Port Melbourne have signed Kris Kioussis and George Krommidas from the Oakleigh Cannons. Underdog status for Olympiakos An outsider in the Euroleague Final Four, Olympiakos will need to beat the likes of CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid European club basketball heavyweight Real Madrid will be hard pressed to win its first Euroleague title since 1995 when it hosts the competition's Final Four this weekend. The showpiece tournament also features dark horses Fenerbahce Istanbul, who clashed with Real on Friday for a berth in Sunday's final, as well as CSKA Moscow and Olympiakos who meet in the other semi. Touted as strong favourites to win its ninth overall title, Real faces a tough challenge. Known for nurturing a free- flowing attacking game relying on flair and talent, Real's coach Pablo Laso point- ed out he had no qualms about applying a different strategy after last year's shock defeat by Maccabi Tel Aviv in the final. "If we win the Euroleague in an ugly game, I would be as happy as if we won it in a great match," the 47-year old told the competition's official website (www.euroleague.net). "If you win everybody will say it was an obvious advantage and if you lose they will say it was the pressure." Six-time winner CSKA Moscow faces its old nemesis Olympiakos, who edged it in the 2012 final thanks to a last-gasp hook-shot by forward Giorgos Printezis and also beat the Russians in the Olympiakos’ guard Vasilios Spanoulis in training before the semi-final. PHOTO: EPA/JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO. 2013 semi-final in London's O2 Arena. Olympiakos, who has three titles, will again start as underdog against a CSKA outfit boasting the deepest roster in the competition, winning its opening 15 games this term. Its Greek coach Dimitris Itoudis acknowledged he was relying on the shooting prowess of his key players, including former NBA stalwart Andrei Kirilenko. "Everyone knows that de- fence will definitely win games and trophies but I would be a fool not to use the attacking talent and quality we have." Source: Reuters South Melbourne on top Theo Markelis A-League salary cap to rise Cap concessions for clubs fostering youth talent could also be in the works The A-League salary cap is set to be bolstered for next season to help clubs hang on to their best talent. A progression in talks for a new pay deal between Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the players union, Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), means A-League clubs can expect relaxed restrictions around player payments as soon as next season. A FFA spokesperson said they have tabled "long-term loyalty payment" conces- sions in salary cap reforms, with hopes that a deal will be signed soon. After a season marred by Perth Glory's egregious breach, a rise in the cap will be welcomed by players and clubs looking to push for honours. The changes could benefit long-serving Melbourne Victory man Archie Thompson, who on Tuesday said he could leave the club after 10 seasons unless a suitable new deal was tabled. Cap concessions to clubs that bring new talent through youth systems, for example Terry Antonis at Sydney FC, could also enhance the league. After a mid-week fixture, South Melbourne are back on top of the NPLV ladder Still without a loss to their name for twelve matches, South Melbourne seems to be on cruise control to the finals. The Greek-sponsored team is entering its third match in eight days today as it takes on fellow Greek club Northcote City away. Northcote have had a very chaotic season so far, trying to make the best of a haphazard team sheet full of inexperienced youngsters. As the transfer window opens, Goran Lovanovski will be hoping to add some quality players to his side and boost their chances. Sitting in the middle of the ladder with a 4W 1D 7L track record with other 14 Northcote City will face South Melbourne today with a 4-0 loss to Bentleigh Greens still fresh in their minds. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. rounds to go, they still have a chance of making it to the finals, but results need to come quick and fast. Last week they were taken down by a superior Bentleigh Greens in a demoralising 4-0 loss. Today, they have just as tough competition with ladder leaders South Melbourne chasing their 10th win. On Tuesday, Chris Tay- lor's boys managed to slot through five goals and earn themselves a clean sheet in the process when they took on Dandenong Thunder. As in so many of their games, Milos Lujic was their saviour, scoring their first goal six minutes in, setting up the pace for the rest of the match. Lujic also scored the win- ning goal last Friday against Avondale FC, making a habit of scoring in the first half. The early goals have been a trademark of South Melbourne of late, sustaining the game with a strong defence. It might not be very impres- sive football, but it's made them the only team except for Bentleigh Greens to go undefeated.
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