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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 July 2018
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 JULY 2018 SPORT Aris Thessaloniki signs 22-year-old Melburnian Stamboulidis Melbourne-born midfielder Haris Stamboulidis is set to swap the Ivory Tower of Columbia University, New York, for the White Tower of Thessaloniki after signing a one-year contract to join newly promoted Greek Super League club Aris Thessaloniki. The 22-year-old took to Facebook to express his excitement over the news. "It is an honour and great privilege to have signed with ARIS FC in Thessaloniki," he wrote. "Thank you to to all who have supported, believed and trusted in my ambitions and dreams, which are now becoming reality. Looking forward to a great season with ARIS and our unique fans." A versatile midfield and defender, Stamboulidis joins Aris after having played college football the last three seasons in the prestigious Ivy League with Columbia University Lions. At the same time, he has been studying for an economics major. Before moving to New York in 2015, Stamboulidis was part of the Melbourne City youth team and also spent some time training with reigning Greek Super League champion AEK in Athens under former Greek national team player Stelios Manolas. He also made a couple of appearances with the Greek U19s national team in friendly matches. Now Stamboulidis gets his long-dreamed of chance to play professionally in Europe. He joins Aris who recently appointed experienced head coach, Spaniard Paco Herrera to lead them on their return to the Greek Super League for the first time since 2014 when they were relegated to the third division due to financial difficulties. The experience of being part of the passionate Thessaloniki derby against Aris' arch rivals PAOK, and intercity derbies with reigning title holders AEK and Olympiakos promises to provide a massive sporting education for the young professional. If he can get game time under his belt, there's every chance he'll come onto the radar of new Socceroos boss Graham Arnold. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Port defenders Michael Eager (L) and Kris Kioussis give chase to Apia goalscorer Tasuku Sekiya. PHOTO: ZIMBIO Apia ends Sharks’ FFA Cup run GEORGE STOGIANNOU Haris Stamboulidis. PHOTO: FACEBOOK Greek clubs Port Melbourne Sharks and Brisbane Olympic bowed out of the FFA Cup on Wednesday evening after narrow losses to top of the table NPL opponents. The Sharks lost their Round of 32 Cup tie 1-0 at home to NSW NPL league leader Apia Leichhardt, whilst Brisbane Olympic lost 2-3 away to Queensland NPL league leader Queensland Lions. The Sharks did well to compete with an impressive Apia team who had experienced players in every line across the park. In a game of few clear-cut chances to either side, Apia first came closest to scoring when one of their numerous first half corners forced a desperate Sharks clearance off the goal line. Just as the Sharks were preparing to defend one last Apia attack in first half injury time, the visitors struck the telling blow through Japanese forward Tasuku Sekiya, who collected a Sean Symons cross at the far post and had time to step inside and shoot through the legs of Port keeper Matthew Symes at the near post. Port continued to work hard in the second half, however they struggled to produce clear-cut openings. Despite pushing forward till the final whistle, game, and unfortunately it was us. At the end of the day, it's difficult to take. We played against a good side. What are they? Probably the best ranked NPL side fans experienced a rollercoaster of emotions in a cup tie which pitted Brisbane's top two NPL teams against each other. Brisbane Olympic made a disastrous start conceding twice in the opening quarter hour to goals from Lions Matija Simic and Jheison Macuace. Olympic however fought their way back to level the scores in the second half through Zelfy Nozary (62') and Jez Lofthouse (81') only for the Lions to break Olympic hearts by scoring an 87th minute matchwinner through Carter Glockner. they fell short against a deserved winner in Apia. After the game, Sharks coach Adam Piddick commented, "It's tough. I don't think our style of play when we had the ball, was effective, but the work rate and effort of the boys was fantastic. I don't think both teams played that well,but it's a Cup tie, and one mistake cost us. It was always going to be that type of in the country. And I think we matched it with them. Our two centre backs were sensational. Perry (Lambropoulos) and Michael Eager, both quality. I don't think (their striker Jordan Murray) had a chance, a sniff. But in saying that, they were effective in stopping us. Whoever scored first was going to get a massive upper hand in the battle." In Brisbane, Olympic The Round of 32 matches continue next Wednesday evening when Victorian NPL league leader Heidelberg United takes to the national stage for the first time this season, hosting Northern NSW NPL side Charlestown City Blues. The Bergers will go into the match as strong favourites against the Blues who are currently in a form slump in the league, having lost seven of their last eight league matches, in a run which has seen the team slide to seventh on the ladder after jumping out of the starting blocks at the start of the season.
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