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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 24 October 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER 2015 29 SPORT Toumpas heads to Port Adelaide Young gun to receive fresh start in native South Australia A complex deal involving four AFL clubs, has landed Melbourne Demons up-andcomer Jimmy Toumpas at Port Adelaide. Rumoured to be on the Power's radar throughout the trade period, a deal was struck on Monday that sent the native South Australian back to his home state. "I'm really happy to be heading back to South Australia and I'm excited about the opportunity Port Adelaide has given me," Toumpas told Port Adelaide's website. "I just want to get in a strong pre-season and work hard to give myself a chance to make team come Round one. "I've really enjoyed my time at Melbourne and thank everyone at the Demons for the support they've shown me over the past few years." The intricate deal involved Port Adelaide, Melbourne, Adelaide and Collingwood, with picks and players being exchanged and received. Along with Toumpas, Port Adelaide received pick 32 from Adelaide, relinquishing picks 29, 50 and 68. Adelaide gained Collingwood's Paul Seedman, with the Magpies also losing Ben Kennedy to Melbourne in the process, but gained Demon Jeremy Howe and pick 68. Whilst Melbourne also gained picks 29 and 50, losing the two players to Collingwood and Port Adelaide. Jimmy Toumpas as a Demon. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/JULIAN SMITH. Dellas quits AEK 2004 Euro hero resigns despite guiding club back to top flight Traianos Dellas has resigned as coach of AEK Athens, the Super League club announced on Tuesday. The 39-year-old former Greece defender, a key member of his country's unexpected triumph at Euro 2004, had guided AEK to two successive promotions to regain its top flight status. Bankruptcy in 2013 had forced the team out of the Super League for the first time in the club's history. "AEK would like to announce that the coach Traianos Dellas has submitted his resignation and it has been accepted," said a club statement. "Mr Dellas will coach the players for the final time tomorrow. The management of AEK thanks him for his contribution to the team for the past two-and-a-half years and for his part in helping the club return to the Super League." Injured player dumped on field Ergotelis mid Leonardo Koutris couldn't take a trick over the weekend when he went down injured against AEL (Larissa), in the Greece's Second Division. The midfielder was assisted off the ground (loosely speaking) by two gentlemen holding him up on a stretcher, before one of the stretcher-bearers fell not once, but twice, dropping Koutris to the ground. To rub salt into the wound, the player was then carelessly placed on the ground once they crossed the sideline leaving him to agonise over his injury. Ergotelis lost the match 2-1, to send them to 12th place on the table, whilst Larissa remains top. AEK's under-20 coach Stelios Manolas will take up the post on an interim basis until a new coach is found. Although AEK was thumped 4-0 by leaders Olympiakos Piraeus last Saturday, Dellas' decision still comes as a surprise after AEK has begun the season in promising fashion. The Yellows are fourth in the standings with 13 points from seven matches, eight points behind Olympiakos. Spaniard Manolo Jimenez, who coached the club to success in the Greek Cup in the 2010-11 season, is the front runner among potential candidates to replace Dellas, local media reported. Source: Kathimerini/Reuters Olympiakos on track Olympiakos has ensured it remains on track to qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League following a 1-nil win over Dinamo Zagrab in Croatia this week. Leonardo Koutris was dropped from his stretcher. PHOTO: TWITTER/@METRO_SPORT. The home side controlled the ball for 57 per cent of the match, completing 140 more passes, but the Greek side created more chances in front of goal. The hard-fought win came after Dinamo was denied twice by the woodwork, before Olympiakos striker Ideye Brown found the back of the net in the 79th minute. The victory makes it twofrom-two on the road, after the Reds defeated English giant Arsenal in their last Champions League outing three weeks ago. Manager Marco Silva told reporters he was happy with his team's effort in Croatia. "We are happy with our per- formance and the results obtained," he said. "As for Ideye's goal, we are really happy; he is a pro working hard every day. He had his chance to score earlier in the match but he didn't. So, when he got a second chance, he did it. "We are very pleased with the efforts not only of this player, but the whole team." They now move equal second with group-leader Bayern Munich losing 2-nil to Arsenal in England on Wednesday. Olympiakos will face Dinamo Zagreb again in its next group match at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium on 4 November. Traianos Dellas during his Greece playing days in 2008. PHOTO: EPA/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE. Ideye Brown celebrates after scoring against Dinamo Zagreb. PHOTO: AP PHOTO/DARKO BANDIC.
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