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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 February 2018
26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Giannis Antetokounmpo high-fives Dimitris Zamanis. PHOTO: LORI NICKEL/ MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL Unwell Greek teen’s wish to meet Giannis Antetokounmpo granted After a difficult 12 months in hospital, 15-year-old Dimitris Zamanis was flown from his home in Trikala to Milwaukee to spend the day with his NBA hero Dimitris Zamanis had his wish come true on Tuesday, when he was brought face-to-face with his hero, Greek basketballer Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 15-year-old has aplastic anemia, a condition which occurs when the body stops producing enough red blood cells, and he has spent the past 12 months in hospital. Depleted of energy, he was unable to play his beloved sport, and instead passed the time in hospital watching the NBA, namely Antetokounmpo. The once-in-a-lifetime meeting was made possible by Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bucks, who flew Dimitris, his brother, and mother Haroula from Trikala, Greece to the United States to meet the basketballer and see him play in person for the Milwaukee Bucks. The teen couldn't believe his luck when he kicked off the day getting shooting tips off the Greek freak himself, and even had the chance to re-enact Giannis' dunk over Tim Hardaway Jr that went viral during a game last week. "It's definitely the best day of my life," Dimitris said. To follow, on Tuesday night the Zamanis family were treated to courtside seats for the Bucks' game against Atlanta at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. But it didn't stop there, with Antetokounmpo getting Dimitris involved by asking the teen to rebound for him during warm-ups. "I was about to cry, because his dream came true," Dimitris' mother said. "He loves and admires Giannis. I'm thrilled his wish came true. We have had really hard and difficult times," adding that it was a welcome break from treatment since her son's diagnosis. Aside from the memories, Dimitris was also presented with a jersey and a duffel bag full of basketball gear to take home. "It was a difficult year, it will be great remembering all this stuff," said the youngster. Antetokounmpo was a humble host, and thanked Dimitris and his family for travelling all the way to Milwaukee. "He said he would take a picture of me from MakeA-Wish and put it next to his bed, so that was funny, I will definitely remember that," Dimitris said. South Melbourne’s new signing Christos Intzidis (C) flanked by senior coach Sasa Kolman ( L) and SMFC president Leo Athanasakis. PHOTOS: SMFC.COM.AU Brazilian forward Oliver Minatel has signed up at Lakeside for season 2018. South Melbourne signs Greek and Brazilian imports on the eve of new season GEORGE STOGIANNOU South Melbourne FC has dipped into the international transfer market to sign two imports for the coming NPL season. The club has signed 25-yearold Greek defender Christos Intzidis and 25-yearold attacking Brazilian midfielder Oliver Minatel, who both come with some impressive professional experience in top tier European leagues. Tall Greek-born central defender Intzidis brings considerable professional experience to Lakeside having made over 100 appearances in the top two professional divisions in Greece. After coming through the PAOK youth academies, Intzidis signed his first professional contract at PAOK in 2014, for which club he made five appearances. He had loan spells at Platanias and Levediakos and played at a number of other Greek clubs before transferring to Aris for whom he made 15 appearances. His move to SMFC comes at a time when the senior team is undergoing changes having recently replaced senior coach Chris Taylor with youth coach Sasa Kolman. The South Melbourne team's defence has also lost several personnel since last season with the departures of central defenders Michael Eager, Luke Adams, fullback Tim Mala, and keeper Nicola Roganovic. The club hopes that new signing Intzidis will form a strong central defensive partnership with Kristian Konstantinidis. SMFC football director, Nicholas Maikousis predicts that the tall Intzidis will prove a valuable asset to the senior team. Speaking on the club website, he commented, “Christos joins us with a large amount of experience in Greece's top flight including with PAOK and we are excited to bring him to Melbourne. His size and ability on the ball will make a fantastic acquisition and someone we can have across the back four." Joining Intzidis at Lakeside Minatel comes to the club following a season at US second-tier team Richmond Kickers. Prior to that, Minatel had spells in the Portuguese Primeira Liga with Nacional and also Brazilian club Velo Clube. Before his senior career, he came up through youth squads in Brazil and in Holland with PSV Eindhoven. No doubt South fans will be hoping Minatel can follow in the footsteps of the club's previous Brazilian signing Fernando De Moraes who went on to become a fan favourite, helping the team win the 2006 VPL title and making 174 appearances for 53 goals. Meanwhile South fans will be relieved that the club has re-signed forward Leigh Minopoulos for the 2018 season. Minopoulos has been one of South Melbourne's valuable attacking weapons since joining in 2014 from Werribee City. Since then he's made 115 appearances in all competitions for a return of 33 goals and just as importantly, numerous assists. Emmanouil Karalis breaks pole vault world record Teenage athlete Emmanouil Karalis from Crete just broke the world record in the pole vault U-20 category nailing a 5.78-metre jump at the Pan-Hellenic Teen Track Championship that took place in Piraeus last week. Karalis also tried a 5.86-metre leap which is the current men's national record that did not eventuate into a successful jump; it did however prove that he had the potential to hit that mark. The previous record at 5.75 metres belongs to Swedish athlete Armand Duplantis. Karalis also holds the 11th place at the European Athletics Indoor Championships which took place in Belgrade last March and he has qualified for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham that will be held from 1 to 4 March.
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