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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 November 2018
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2018 SPORT The 19 November elections will decide the shape of things to come for the sport in Australia Football in Australia is facing a complete overhaul, with the resignation of Stephen Lowy and the changes by the Congress Review Working Group mandating that a new chairman and new members be introduced to the Board of Directors of the FFA. Eleven people have already stepped up and made their appeal for the four available positions, with the elections that will decide the outcome being held on Monday 19 November. Among those candidates are former SBS sports analyst, Craig Foster, former chairman of Soccer Australia, Remo Nogarotto, AFL club Western Sydney Giants chairman Joseph Carrozzi, former member of Parliament, Stephen Conroy, current board members Daniel Moulis and Chris Nikou, and also Mark Shield, Heather Reid, Morry Bailes, Mark Rendell and Linda Norquay. Most of the candidates had the opportunity to address the members of the press and the public during a community forum held by the Association Last Monday 12 November a number of candidates for the upcoming elections of the FFA Board of Directors spoke with members of the press and the public at a forum that was held with the initiative of the AAFC. of Australian Football Clubs last Monday 12 November at the Library at The Dock, with Morry Bailes sending a video message and Heather Reid being represented by an assistant who read a short statement on her behalf. Mark Rendell and Linda Norquay were entirely absent from this event. In his opening speech, Mr Carrozzi pointed out that he is willing to resign from all his other positions that are in conflict with the position of the FFA in order to completely focus on football, while Mr Moulis stated that moving forward, there needs to be transparency between all stakeholders that are involved in the sport in Australia. However, the man who won over the audience was without doubt former Socceroo Craig Foster, who showed confidence in his replies and a willingness to break down the boundaries that seem to be holding the sport back. In his statement, Mr Foster said that football needs to go to the hands of people who are more intertwined with the sport itself, rather than with the business side of things. Foster was also applauded for addressing multiculturalism in football: "Multiculturalism in football is not a weakness but a strength," he said. "We need to move togeth- er with it and take advantage of this favourable factor. It is sad and offensive to hide the ethnic identity (of the teams)." Remo Nogarotto also proved to be a solid contender for a position on the board as he appeared quite knowledgeable, having worked Italy and England. However, he claimed that football in Australia doesn't need outside help, it just needs to bring its own people back home. Nogarotto also pointed out that there's no difference between the old 'soccer' and new 'football', as it is all one and the same. The event was broadcast online through the AAFC's website and social media pages, with an audience of over 10,000 people, while there was a crowd of near 70 people in attendance. Among those were chairman of Football Victoria, Kimon Taliadoros, former chairman of South Melbourne FC, Leo Athanasakis, and many more. The elections that will be held on Monday will also decide who will replace Stephen Lowy as chairman of the FFA, with four candidates having put their name in for consideration: Craig Foster, Joseph Carrozzi, Chris Nikou and Mark Rendell. Given the result of the forum, it would be easy to predict the outcome of the election, however considering the fact that it will be the newly formed board that will decide, with representatives of the ALeague teams, the LFP and the women footballers in the vote, it's still anyone's game. Change of guard at Greek managerial helm Entering a new era under Angelos Anastasiadis, the Greeks have all to play for in their last games for the Nations League After a series of negative results, the Greek Football Federation decided to part ways with German coach Michael Skibbe. In his place, former PAOK and Panathinaikos manager Angelos Anastasiadis has been called up to the task of guiding the Greek national team back to winning ways. And he doesn't have much time to do so, as the appointment coincided with the team facing the challenge of its final two games in the Nations League. The Greeks faced Finland, who are currently occupying first place in the group, on Friday, while Estonia, currently ranking last, will be expecting them on Monday. In his first appearance in front of the press as manager of Greece, Anastasiadis pointed out that he is honoured to be chosen for the position and that he carries a great responsibility to create a fertile ground for other Greek managers to be considered as his successors: "We need to convince the guys that this is their team," he said. "When they come here, they have a serious responsibility to carry the weight of all Greek footballers and the National team. They need to convince everyone that they're worth it. The national team is the identity of Greek football. That's my ambition and my goal... I always believed that Greeks have great talent and quality. When I went to Panathinaikos, everyone was calling them losers. I told them that they can win the Champions League. I always told the boards of the teams to have faith in Greek youngsters. They have never let me down. We have no one to be afraid of. We have great faith in ourselves. We don't like to talk big, but others need to show that they are better than us. And our job is to ruin their plans." For the role of assistant manager, Anastasiadis has chosen one of his former players during his tenure at Panathinaikos, European champion of 2004 Angelos Basinas. In his short opening statement, the former midfielder said that things will change and there will be a more unified effort within all Greek national football teams, from the youths all the way to the adult level. Within his first callups, Anastasiadis included Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos and Levante central defender Dimitris Siovas, while leaving out key figures DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Football Federation moves into a new era Angelos Anastasiadis has been chosen to replace Michael Skibbe as manager of Greece. PHOTO: AAP VIA AP/ PETROS KARADJIAS such as Giorgos Tzavellas, Alexandros Tziolis, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Napoli goalkeep- er Orestis Karnezis. The team gathered at the Agios Kosmas training centre where all players were made available for participation against Finland in Anastasiadis' first game as manager of Greece.
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