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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 January 2016
24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 JANUARY 2016 SPORT Olympiakos continues perfect record Greek Super League leader Olympiakos Piraeus has yet to drop a point all season, having recorded 16 consecutive victories. The defending champion will look to make it 17 wins in a row tomorrow when it hosts Levadiakos at the Karaiskakis stadium. Last week Olympiakos continued its perfect start in the Greek league by defeating Panionios 1-3 in Nea Smyrni. Olympiakos netted three second-half goals through Alejandro Dominguez, Felipe Pardo and Brown Ideye. Spyros Risvanis scored Panionios’ only goal to bring the game to 1-1, before Olympiakos ran away with it. Its opponent tomorrow is Levadiakos, who had its match last week against Atromitos postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, with gusty winds also posing a danger to the players. Round 17 of the Greek Su- per League kicks off today with three games. Atromitos play Platanias in Athens at 3.00 pm, followed by Veria versus Panthrakikos at 5.15 pm. The late game features second-placed AEK Athens, currently second, against 12th placed Skoda Xanthi. AEK, which is looking to make two to three signings during this January transfer window, recorded an impressive 0-3 away victory at Platanias last Sunday, while Xanthi had its game against PAOK postponed because of severe weather that saw Xanthi’s pitch covered in snow. PAOK’s next game is tomor- row against PAS Giannina in Thessaloniki. Also tomorrow, Panetolikos is on Asteras Tripolis, and Panionios meets Iraklis. On Monday, Panathinaikos, currently third, is away to bottom of the table Kalloni. Samaras could be goal machine Reds need Central Coast has shut the door on the prospect of signing former Greece striker Georgios Samaras, as other A-League clubs remain lukewarm on a number of highprofile players on offer this summer. Giorgios Samaras, who holds an Australian passport, is still being considered by Adelaide United, which needs a goal machine. Hefty ban ... Roy O’Donovan (C) remonstrates with referee Kris Griffiths-Jones after his incident with Manny Muscat. Gerrard says he’d consider the A-League if opportunity arose Graham Arnold joked that perhaps Steven Gerrard might consider to play a guest stint for Sydney FC, but it was worthwhile putting the idea out there. At 35, Gerrard admits all options are open to him as he considers what comes after his time in the MLS with LA Galaxy, but an opportunity to play in the ALeague has never been presented to him. "I've never had that offer, so there's no point talking about it," he said. "For all the doors that are open to me in the future I'll never say never to any of them. I'll have to see what the future holds." The Liverpool legend has spent the MLS off season training at his former club and learning from new coach Jurgen Klopp. There's been talk he may even re-sign with Liverpool after holding talks with Klopp, but either way Gerrard says he will always be part of Liverpool in some capacity. Steven Gerrard in Sydney. Page 22 Exercise physiologist believes NPL clubs can ‘walk tall’ alongside A-Leaguers Page 23 US basketball welcomes another ‘Greek Freak’ DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Geelong’s bold plan for soccer Ambitious Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons wants to turn his city into "the regional capital of soccer for Australia", but reckons he needs help to build a new 15,000-capacity stadium. Lyons has labelled football "a boom sport" in Geelong, but concedes Victoria's secondlargest city doesn’t have the fa- cilities to meet demand, especially if it is ever to become a target for A-League expansion. A new boutique rectangular stadium could be the flagship for football in Geelong, but Lyons has warned he cannot make it happen without assistance from federal and state governments, plus Football Federation Australia (FFA). Geelong's Simonds Stadium - an oval venue - was expected to host Central Coast Mariners versus Melbourne Victory last night. Meanwhile Central Coast striker Roy O'Donovan received the second longest ban in A-League history after being handed an eight-week suspension for his New Year's Eve headbutt on Wellington Phoenix defender Manny Muscat. O'Donovan fronted Football Federation Australia's (FFA) independent disciplinary committee on Wednesday, pleading guilty but with mitigating circumstances to a charge of violent off-the-ball conduct during the Mariners' 3-1 win in Gosford.
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