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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 31 October 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER 2015 25 SPORT Brattan signs for Man City Brisbane Roar midfielder joins English giant Three-time A-League champion Brisbane Roar has sold midfielder Luke Brattan to 2014 English Premier winner Manchester City. The 25-year-old - who featured in all three of Brisbane's championships - has been on-loaned to Championship side Bolton Wanderers, where he will remain until 3 January. Brattan was first called up for national duty in August and has previously played for Australia's under-20s squad. FFA boss slams Wellington Phoenix New Zealand club refused 10-year licence extension Football Federation Australia (FFA) boss David Gallop has stated Wellington Phoenix will not receive a 10-year extension on its current ALeague licence, saying the franchise is not performing where the governing body would like it to be. "We're ambitious for the growth of the A-League," Gallop said. "If you want longevity in the competition you need to produce results." Luke Brattan in a Liverpool jersey after Brisbane took on the Reds in July. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/DAVE HUNT. Papastathopoulos extends stay with German club Greek international defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2019, the Bundesliga club announced on Monday. The 27-year-old, who normally operates in central defence and joined the eighttime German champions in 2013 from Werder Bremen, is a regular starter in Thomas Tuchel's side, which is currently second and seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich. The Greek international began his career at AEK Athens in 2005 before moving to Serie A and spells with Genoa and AC Milan, with whom he won the Italian title in 2011. He played in all four of Greece's World Cup matches in 2014, and scored a late equaliser against Costa Rica in a 1-1 draw in the last 16 before the team were eventually eliminated 5-3 on penalties. Source: Kathimerini Greeks come away winners at poker tournament Winners include one golden bracelet the space of a week. Sotiropoulos also walked away €112,133 richer in the process. Sokratis Papastathopoulos featuring for Borussia Dortmund. PHOTO: AP PHOTO/DPA, CARMEN JASPERSEN. Greece's Georgios Sotiropoulos has come away the winner at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe after claiming the golden bracelet, making it three bracelet winners from Greece within Greece had never produced any winners prior to the tournament. The tournament, held in Germany's capital Berlin, featured 2,144 players concluding last week. The club's current licence is due to end at the conclusion of the season, with the FFA offering a shorter four-year extension so it can iron out its off-field problems. But club captain Andrew Durante has expressed his dismay at the FFA's decision. "We're not going through any financial troubles," he said. "You look around at the other clubs who are folding, who the FFA are having to prop up. "That's probably the most disappointing thing - we're not a club that's causing any issues within the league. We're a good club that's very stable, and to see other clubs struggling but getting 20year licences is pretty hard to take." FFA boss David Gallop. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/DANIEL MUNOZ. Meanwhile, Gallop has also stated the governing body is looking to create a third franchise in Sydney, but the news hasn't been received well by existing franchises Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers. "There's no question that a new team in the heart of a region so important to us would be a devastating blow and cut our market in half," Sydney chairman Scott Barlow said. "If it happens, we'll have to think long and hard about what to do next." Wanderers' owner Paul Lederer agreed with Barlow's sentiments. "It would do significant damage to us - the bottom line is we're not ready for another team in this city, us or the league." Gallop said the FFA would not consider any options that could potentially risk existing franchises.
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