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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 June 2015
32 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 JUNE 2015 SPORT Page 28 Olympiakos’ 11th slam dunk Page 29 Postecoglou to shape Carlton 9 771321 167062 FFA Cup: Three Greek teams qualify Three Greek-sponsored clubs have already made it into the FFA Cup’s round of 32, with Sydney and Melbourne represented Sydney Olympic, South Melbourne and Oakleigh Cannons have made the Greek footballing community proud and qualified for the FFA Cup's round of 32. The trio have earned the coveted spots, and could be joined by another two clubs as they await their games next week. Darwin Olympic is looking to become the first team for the Northern Territory to make it through the competition's preliminary round, after cruising into the final with their huge 7-2 win over a 10-man Casuarina on Tuesday night. Olympic scored four times in the first half but saw its star striker, Peter Roditis, suffer a broken leg. Roditis was transferred to hospital for treatment, with the game put on pause for almost an hour as he was tended to by paramedics on the pitch. Roditis is the third player Olympic have lost due to serious injury, with Chris Mitchell and Billy Kathopoulis out of action. They play again on Saturday 27 June against Celtic FC. Joining them in their final battle for qualification will be Heidleberg United, who take on Goldburn Valley Suns on Wednesday. George Katzakis' boys are in form and have sat at the top of the NPLV ladder for most of the season. They face a team determined to avenge their NPL relegation and show they're national material. One of the casualties this week was FFA Cup darlings South Springvale (Aris). Up against an in-form Oakleigh Cannons, the State League club under Bill Lambropoulos wasn't able to convert their chances to quash the NPL side. A late goal from Con Katsalakis with six minutes left of normal time at least gave Aris the satisfaction of not handing the Cannons a clean sheet, and showed their fighting sprit well. Goals to Dean Piemonte and Tremayne Sadler sealed the win for coach Arthur Papas' first FFA Cup match. South Melbourne have made amends to their lacklustre maiden FFA Cup run last year and have qualified after smashing Frankston Pines 6-1. Five South Melbourne players contributed to the goal tally, with Leigh Minopoulos, Nick Epifano, Andy Kekojevic, Iqi Jawadi and two from Milos Lujic making coach Chris Taylor very proud. As well as qualifying for the FFA Cup, South Melbourne is in the semi-finals for the Dockerty Cup, something they haven't won in ten years. Sydney Olympic earned their spot in May after they managed a 3-0 clean sheet against South Coast Wolves with the help of Dimitri Hatzimouratis, Harris Gaitatzis and Scott Balderson. The draw for the FFA Cup Round of 32 will be broadcast live on FoxSports on 1 July at 4.00 pm. Marinakis banned from football Vangelis Marinakis must now quit as president of Olympiakos but can retain ownership Vangelis Marinakis, owner of Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus, has been banned from football as an investigation continues into allegations that a criminal organisation is controlling the domestic game. According to judicial sources, the shipping magnate has also been ordered to report to police every 15 days on strict bail terms. Marinakis was released on bail of 200,000 euros after giving testimony to Athens prosecutor George Andreadis in a seven-hour hearing. The Olympiakos president is accused of being involved in and directing a criminal organisation, aiding and abetting blackmailing, aiding and abetting extortion, and aiding and abetting bribery and fraud. Marinakis must now quit as president of Olympiakos, but he can retain ownership of the company that runs the club. The development has serious ramifications for the Super League winners who are due to take part in next season's Champions League. According to media reports, runners-up Panathinaikos and third-placed PAOK have pre- pared complaints to organisers UEFA that question whether Olympiakos should be allowed to compete in Europe. The latest Greek football scandal, following the 'Koriopolis' match-fixing probe of 2011, emerged in April when a 173-page document was revealed by prosecutor Aristidis Korreas and prompted a nationwide investigation. Korreas' document contained transcriptions of telephone tapping operated by the National Intelligence Service. It is alleged that Marinakis and EPO officials, George Sarris and Theodoros Kouridis were responsible for directing a criminal organisation since 2011 with the aim of "absolute control of Greek football's fate by the methods of blackmailing and fraud". Source: Reuters Oakleigh Cannons are through, but took Aris out in the process. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. South Melbourne through after an amazing 6-1 win. PHOTO: CINDY NITSOS. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 Vangelis Marinakis is accused of directing a criminal organisation to gain absolute control over Greek football.
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