Buy This Issue
The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 8 September 2018
26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2018 SPORT NPL STATUS UPDATE Sydney Olympic clashes with APIA Leichhardt in NPL NSW Grand Final The Greek team attempts to reclaim the state championship after seven years ALEX ANYFANTIS The Grand Final for the New South Wales NPL has been set. Sydney Olympic will face the challenge of the APIA Leichhardt Tigers at the Leichhardt Oval this Sunday, in a game that is sure to polarise interest from both sides. APIA have been in excellent form as they recently advanced to the quarter-finals of the FFA Cup, knocking out the likes of A-League Champions Melbourne Victory from the competition, so Olympic will have their work cut out for them if they are to take the reigns in the state once again. However, Sydney Olympic were not the only Greek team to find out their fortune in NPL state football this past week, as Canberra, who have also advanced to the Grand Final in Capital Football, were awaiting their opponent. As luck would have it, that will be Canberra FC, the same team that they knocked out in the quarter-finals. In Queensland, Olympic FC made it through the quarter-final round after a very difficult game against Western Pride that was decided in the last five minutes. Elsewhere, Hellenic ended their season victoriously, with Darwin and the Olympia Warriors both succumbing to 1-1 draws. SYDNEY OLYMPIC Result: - Position in NSW: Qualified for State Grand Final Next Opponent: APIA Leichhardt Tigers (A) OLYMPIA FC Result: Olympia FC - Western Pride 2-1 (73', 85' Smith / 37' Duckworth) Position in Queensland: Qualified for State Grand Final Next Opponent: Lions FC (A) DARWIN OLYMPIC SPORTING CLUB Result: Casuarina - Darwin Olympic SC 1-1 (13' Z. Casimiro / 49' Maragos) Position in Northern Territory: 2nd (35 points, qualified for semi-finals) Next opponents: Hellenic FC (A) HELLENIC FC Result: Mindil Aces - Hellenic FC 1-7 (66' Mcdowell / 13', 21' Maskey, 34', 49', 54' Giallouris, 76' OG Lee 79' Carvalho) Position in Northern Territory: 1st (52 points, qualified for semi-finals) Next opponents: Darwin Olympic SC (H) OLYMPIA WARRIORS FC Result: Clarence United - Olympia Warriors 1-1 (29' Smith / 13' Undy) Position in Tasmania: 5th (26 points) Next opponents: - CANBERRA OLYMPIC Result: - Position in Capital Football: Qualified for State Grand Final Next Opponents: Canberra FC Giannena as PAOK escapes with narrow win against Panionios Olympiacos thrash PAS The team from Pireaus celebrated the arrival of former Manchester City star Yaya Toure Last Sunday was a great day on and off the pitch for Olympiacos, as fans had plenty of reasons to be excited. The announcement of the transfer of former African Player of the Year, Yaya Toure was just the beginning, as they gathered at the offices of their favourite team in order to welcome the new signing. Afterwards, Toure and his fans moved on to Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, where Olympiacos played host to PAS Giannena for day two of the Greek Super League. Toure's new teammates put on a wonderful performance, breezing past the team from west Greece 5-0. PAS were only able to handle the pressure for 34 minutes, when Kamara lifted the ball for Elabdellaoui in the area, allowing him to head the ball into the back of the net. The second came from a spot kick, with captain Kostas Fortounis converting. Podence scored once again, after sealing qualification against Burnley late last week, in the 55th. Olympiacos found another two goals in injury time, through Guerrero and Meri- ah. PAOK managed to find a late goal against Panionios thanks to Omar El Kaddouri's efforts and escape from Nea Smyrni with three points in the bag, in a game that was overshadowed by a flare that was fired by the away team's fans into the stands where the Panionios fans were sitting. Elsewhere, Aris scored two in three minutes at home against AEL, celebrating their first home victory in front of their fans and Levadiakos managed to hang on to the three points despite being reduced to 10 men against Apollon. Olympiacos, AEK and Aris lead at the top of the table with two wins from two games (PAOK and Panathinaikos also have as many wins but they were dealing with point reductions from last season), while PAOK and Atromitos follow with four points. DAY TWO GREEK SUPER LEAGUE RESULTS: SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER Panathinaikos - Lamia 3-1 (15' Bouzoukis, 70' Emmanouilidis, 88' pen. Kourbelis / 36' Adejo) DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Former Manchester City Player of the Year Yaya Toure returns to Olympiacos. PHOTO: AAP VIA EPA/PETER POWELL Asteras Tripolis - AEK 0-1 (33' pen. Mantalos) Atromitos - Xanthi 0-0 SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER Aris - AEL 2-0 (72' Younes, 75' Diguiny) Panionios - PAOK 0-1 (68' El Kaddouri) Olympiacos - PAS Gianne- na 5-0 (34' Elabdellaoui, 41' pen. Fortounis, 55' Podence, 90' Guerrero 90'+2' Meriah) MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER Levadiakos - Apollon Smyrnis 1-0 (73' Markovski, 68' Krneta sent off) Panetolikos - OFI 2-1 (23', 58' Morar / 88' OG Eriksson) Bouzanis swaps A-League for Dutch Eredivisie The goalkeeper will be reunited with former Melbourne City coaches Van’t Schip and Michael Valkanis. GEORGE STOGIANNOU Sydney Olympic will be after their third State Championship in Sunday’s Grand Final against APIA Melbourne City keeper Dean Bouzanis has joined Dutch Eredevisie club PEC Zwolle on a loan deal. The 27year- old’s move to Holland marks a return of the Sydney born gloveman to European football after he spent the last three seasons in the ALeague, first with Western Sydney Wanderers and then for Melbourne City, whom he joined in season 2015/16. During that season, the then Melbourne City coach, Van't Schip, signed Bouzanis, prompting his move away from his hometown Sydney down to Melbourne. At his new Dutch club, Bouzanis has reunited with former Melbourne City coaches Van't Schip and Michael Valkanis. Van't Schip is PEC Zwolle's senior coach whilst Dean Bouzanis hopes to make a mark for Dutch club PEC Zwolle PHOTO: FACEBOOK Valkanis is an assistant coach. PEC Zwolle Technical Director Gerard Nijkamp commented on the Bouzanis signing on the club's Facebook page. "Through the network of John Van't Schip, we ended up at Dean," he wrote. "He is an experienced goalkeeper who makes a good impression on both John and our scouting team. The reason for the signing is twofold. First of all, as a precaution because we have to wait and see how the injury of Diederik Boer develops. And secondly, we want to increase the competition with the goalkeepers by attracting Dean." It was 10 years ago when a 17-year-old Bouzanis first ventured across to Europe with a dream to make it as a professional footballer in one of the top European leagues. He joined Premier League giant Liverpool, coached at the time by Spaniard Rafa Benitez. He played for their U 18s and reserve teams, before spending time at clubs such as Oldham Athletic, Aris FC (in Greece) and Carlisle United. He also won caps at International Youth level for both Greece and Australia. Whilst his move to Holland is on a loan deal till the end of the season, it is reported that the Dutch club has the option to buy him at the end of this current season.
01 September 2018
15 September 2018