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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 April 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 APRIL 2016 25 SPORT PAOK will play Panionios following heavy punishment Thessaloniki club gets fivepoint deduction PAOK's hopes of playing in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers next season were dealt a severe blow by the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO), with the Thessaloniki club handed a heavy punishment for crowd violence. PAOK was deducted five points and ordered to play five matches behind closed doors, along with a fine of €112,000 ($166,553). The sanction was a result of crowd trouble, which caused PAOK's cup semi-final, first leg match against Olympiakos Piraeus in early March to be abandoned, as well as other incidents in previous matches this season against AEL Kallonis and Panionios. Violence erupted during the game against Olympiakos after a penalty was denied to PAOK. The deduction means PAOK dropped from fourth to fifth, and is now on 39 points, just four points clear of PAS Gi- Indigenous Football Week supports football programs When the Socceroos and Jordan players marched out for the start of Tuesday night’s qualifier in Sydney, each player held the hand of a young Indigenous player from Darwin who accompanied them out onto the pitch. It marked the launch of Indigenous Football week (29 March-3 April) which is a major fundraising initiative for John Moriarty Football, supported by the FFA, PFA, Fox Sports and SBS. It aims to raise over $200,000 for John Moriarty Football, a not-for-profit organisation founded by John Moriarty, the first Indigenous footballer selected to represent Australia. Moriarty says the funds raised go towards programs aimed at improving education and life outcomes for young Indigenous footballers and their families in remote Australia, as well as opening pathways to help young players make their mark in Australian football. "Our organisation works in two remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, employing and developing local coaches to annina and Platanias on 35 points each, while Panetolikos and Asteras Tripolis are on 34 points each. This weekend PAOK must travel south to Athens to take on Panionios, which is now fourth. It's a must-win game for both sides as they look to cement their place in the play-offs. All games this weekend will be played on Sunday at 7.00 pm Greek time. In other fixtures, league champion Olympiakos hosts Panthrakikos at the Kairaskaki Stadium, Levadiakos plays Giannina, Atromitos hosts Panetolikos and Platanias takes on Xanthi. Third-placed Panathinaikos is at home to Veria, secondplaced AEK will travel to Lesvos to take on Kalloni and Iraklis squares off against Asteras Tripolis in Thessaloniki. Sydney Olympic forms partnership with Bundesliga club Indigenous kids with football dreams PHOTO: A-LEAGUE.COM.AU support Indigenous families and the wider community. We deliver more than 800 training session and games per year within that program that includes nutrition, mentoring and wellbeing for 300 kids aged two to 16." "Indigenous football week will help us expand our reach to support and nurture more young indigenous athletes with the talent and potential to succeed through sport, whether at grassroots or the highest national and international levels of the game." Supporters can donate by visiting the John Moriarty Football website - jmf.org.au SMS donations can be made by texting GOAL to 0455021021. Sydney Olympic wants to forge a productive relationship with Bundesliga giant FC Schalke 04, which it hopes will underpin Olympic's junior and youth program so the club can develop talented young players looking for a pathway into elite football both domestically and in Europe, including the Bundesliga. The NPL club is looking to form a partnership with Bundesliga giant FC Schalke 04, which would involve a significant expansion of the current Olympic youth program currently overseen by three coaches from Schalke's youth academy. Details of the partnership are yet to be released, however the association with the German club's youth coaches has already led to some initiatives, with Olympic announcing upcoming school holiday football camps led by the coaches from FC Schalke's academy and based on the German Curriculum. Sydney Olympic junior teams are also scheduled to tour Germany in May, where they will play matches against junior teams from Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich. Sydney Olympic was approached for official comment but did not reply in time for deadline. However, on the club's Facebook page, in a message referring to the football camps, Sydney Olympic president Bill Papas says: "This initiative is the first step in differentiating Sydney Olympic as a football club which creates a platform of youth development beyond Australia. The football camps running during April (11-13 and 18-20) are inspired by the world-class German football curriculum. Further details on the FC Schalke 04 relationship will be released shortly once arrangements have been finalised." For anyone interested in participating in the camps, further information can be obtained from Federico Guzzo, 02 9787 7890, or email footballcamp@ sydneyolympicfc.com German coaches to run Olympic’s school holiday football camps.
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