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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 March 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 MARCH 2018 27 SPORT Aerial dancer defies gravity to promote Greece Katerina Soldatou is on a mission to promote Greece’s key landmarks, and to inspire people to believe in themselves As Greece continues through its financial crisis, Greeks, both local and from abroad, have found innovative and creative ways to do their part and help their beloved country, and Katerina Soldatou has found her own unique way to do so. In recognition of the country's reliance on tourism, the aerial dancer has made it her mission to draw attention to Greece's iconic landmarks, both natural and built, by dangling from dizzying heights. As part of her project Greece Has Soul, the latest took place on Monday when Soldatou was photographed suspended by large sheets of white fabric from the Rio-Antirrio Bridge (officially the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge). At 2.2 kilometres high, the multi-span cable-stayed bridge is one of Greece's and the world's largest, constructed above the waters of the Gulf of Patras. The gravity-defying performance is one of many Soldatou has given from landmarks including Vikos Gorge, Corinth Canal, and Meteora. "The idea of the project is to create environmental awareness in Greece and abroad and stimulate interest in Greek history," reads the official Greece Has Soul website. Soldatou is also the founder and director of Greece's first ever aerial dance school, Aerial Ever After. For more, visit greece-hassoul.com South Melbourne’s Nick Epifano in FFA Cup semifinal action last year against Sydney FC. South and Port handed tough opening FFA CUP ties The FFA Cup Round 4 draw took place earlier this week marking the entrance of the Victorian NPL clubs into the knockout competition. There's no easy first appearance for last season's semifinalist South Melbourne FC in this season's competition, with the Lakesiders drawing an away tie to fellow NPL 1 club Hume City. Aerial dancer Katerina Soldatou performes suspended from the Rio-Antirrio bridge in southern Greece on Monday. PHOTO: AAP VIA AP PHOTO/PETROS GIANNAKOURIS Postecoglou’s Marinos still searching for maiden league win Ange Postecoglou's Yokohama Marinos travels to reigning AFC club champion Urawa Reds on Sunday still looking for maiden J-league win of the season. The Marinos have made a slow start to their League campaign under new boss Postecoglou with just one point from three games, their most recent ending in a disappointing 2-1 home loss to Sagan Tosu last Saturday. That result leaves the Marinos lying third from the bottom in the J-League standings but they’re not without company at this early stage of the season, with seven other J-League clubs also looking for a first win of the season. Last Saturday, at the Mitsuzawa stadium, the Marinos fell behind early to a Tosu team whose early high pressing from the front, yielded a reward when Cho-Dong-geon pounced on an errant Jun Amano back pass to give Tosu a 12th-minute lead. That was followed by a 57th-minute penalty goal by Columbian Victor Ibarbo which doubled the visitors' lead before Marinos's Portuguese striker Hugo Vieira scored an 87th goal. After the match, Postecoglou commented, "It was a disappointing game for us. We didn't play well, particularly in the first half. Credit to Sagan, they stopped us playing our game and we didn't react well to it. It was a disappointing day all round for us." He added that he has asked the players to change in many ways, and that his job is to find solutions. "We need to work hard in training to make sure we play better, and if we play better then we'll win games," he said. "At the moment we're being a little bit inconsistent, but I think that's in some ways understandable because the players are being asked to do a lot of things differently and it's taking time to adjust." South's neighbours Port Melbourne Sharks were also given a tough assignment with a home tie against fellow NPL 1 club Pascoe Vale FC. Oakleigh Cannons will fancy their chances of progress- ing to the next round when they travel a short distance down Warragul Road to take on NPL 2 neighbour Eastern Lions. Bentleigh Greens and Kingston City have also drawn NPL 2 opposition in Box Hill United and Dandenong City. Kingston City will be mindful of the threat an experienced Dandenong City could pose, remembering that Dandenong pushed South Melbourne Football Club all the way last season in a memorable nine goal thriller cup tie at Lakeside. The draw has been most favourable to NPL 1 club Northcote City after giving them an away tie against State League 2 club Mazenod Victory FC. Likewise NPL 2 club Brunswick City are warm favourites to progress to the next round after drawing State League 3 club FC Strathmore. Meanwhile Heidelberg United has automatic progression into the Round of 32 by virtue of winning last year's national NPL Championship. The draw appears to be kind to state league 1 clubs Yarraville, Western Suburbs, and Caulfield United Cobras. They have each drawn ties against other state league clubs from lower divisions. Yarraville hosts State League 2 club Brandon Park, whilst Caulfield United Cobras hosts Boroondara-Carey Eagles. Western Suburbs travels to State League 2 club Whittlesea United. Malvern City will host a State League 1 derby against Eltham Redbacks. The Round 4 FFA Cup matches are scheduled to take place at the end of the month, a week after the State League season commences next weekend. The FFV will release confirmation of dates, times, and venues over the next two weeks. Race for A-League places to begin end of March The race to join the ALeague is about to begin in earnest and the competition for the first two new spots in 2018-19 is expected to be fierce after FFA CEO David Gallop indicated that the current number of 10 parties which have come out publicly declaring an interest, is expected to grow once the expansion process officially begins at the end of March. Speaking at a Business of Sport Summit in Sydney during the week, Gallop revealed that the FFA will issue a formal call for expressions of interest for ALeague aspirants before the end of this month. According to Gallop, the FFA will release specific criteria for the potential applicants and those parties will then have several months to present formal bids with the decision on the successful applicants scheduled to take place before the end of the year. In addition, Gallop said the FFA was aiming for a further expansion of the league be- yond 12 clubs over an extended period of time and was also investigating the feasibility of a second tier competition with NPL clubs. However the CEO urged those who are impatient for change to recognise the economic realities of the Australian market which he says presents unique conditions. "I'd like to have a dollar for every time I have been urged to 'throw away the spreadsheets' and just get on with it," Gallop said. "Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to wave a magic wand and have an expanded A-League, more money for everyone, and a national second tier with promotion and relegation. "In other words, I'd love for football in Australia to be like it is in other parts of the world. "But it's not. This is football in Australia," he said. "That doesn't mean we can't be bold and aspirational and it doesn't mean the game can't be successful or deliver FFA CEO David Gallop on its potential, but it does mean we have to recognise the realities of our market." Meanwhile one of the FFA's most vocal critics, particularly over the issue of governance, South Australian lawyer Greg Griffin, is set to continue to chair the Australian Professional Football Clubs Association (APFCA) which represents the ALeague clubs, in its battle with the FFA over the future make-up of the congress. This is despite selling his share in Adelaide United to a European-based conglomerate, and stepping down as chairman of that club. The APFCA confirmed during the week that Griffin would remain in his role as chairman of the APFCA until his term expired in November. Griffin commented, "I'm humbled by the support from my peers and am delighted to continue as APFCA chairman and FFA congress member until my term ends in November. "As I said in an email to my fellow members, I look forward to working with the football family towards an independent and flourishing A-League, sooner rather than later." South Melbourne’s Luke Pavlou (L) in FFA Cup semifinal action last year against Sydney FC.
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