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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 September 2019
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019 winners& sinners by alex anyfantis Bentleigh Greens Players enjoy a victory slide on the rain soaked surface at AAMI Park after their Grand Final win. PHOTO: K DEVES DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Bentleigh Greens emerge as NPL Champions WINNERS Just as every week, we choose the Winners and Sinners of Greek and Australian sport SINNERS BENTLEIGH GREENS The Cypriot club were able to emerge as Champions after a thrilling match last Sunday at the AAMI Park in a game where they were considered as heavy outsiders against Avondale. This was their third trophy in the last five years, setting a record in the state, as they were able to hang on for a 4-3 win in the penalty shoot-out. The game was played in difficult rainy conditions and Nick Tolios’ men were put under pressure, with Avondale coming close to a second goal on more than one occasion, but they were able to hang on until the end of extra time to lead the game into penalties. *Read more on page 27. MICHALIS MANDALIS The former South Melbourne glory was recently inducted into the Victorian Hall Of Fame for his contribution to football. Mandalis was part of the Hellas team that won five Victorian Soccer Leagues in the late 60’s-early 70’s, while he was able to emerge as the top scorer during the 1964 season. He has played alongside several other legends of the club (including current Football Victoria President Kimon Taliadoros and former Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou) and is considered one of the greatest players to have ever played in the state. OLYMPIACOS FOOTBALL TEAM Facing off against last season’s Champions League finalists is no easy task. And to be two goals down just after half an hour makes things even more difficult. Yet, Pedro Martins’ men proved that they are something more than just a simple good team this season and they have what it takes to fight back against any form of opposition. At the end of the 90 minutes Tottenham Hotpur counted themselves lucky for escaping from Karaiskakis Stadium with the single point in their bags. * Read more on Page 25. ANDREW BOGUT The way Australia lost their World Cup semi-final against Spain certainly seemed harsh and unfair, yet that in no way justifies the 34-year-old’s outburst after the game. The insinuation that the referees have been somehow paid off, combined with the heavy language he used as the team headed off for the dressing rooms with their heads lowered, could see him receive a heavy penalty, with FIBA themselves looking into the incident. A player of his experience should no better than to behave like this, especially when considering that the Boomers still have the 2020 Olympics to look forward to. His absence could prove costly for Australia. PANATHINAIKOS FOOTBALL TEAM A season that began with many promises, after friendly wins against last season’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax and fellow Dutch club Feyenoord, has turned out to be a nightmare, as the “greens” go from bad worse in the Greek Championship. Giorgos Donis seems to have no hold over what goes on in the club’s dressing rooms, as the players appear disoriented on the pitch, with no game plan and no idea of how to function as a team. If that wasn’t bad enough, players that knew where to play last season, have suddenly had their positions changed, performing below expectations in their new roles. And all this with the eternal rivalry against Olympiacos looming over the horizon. It’s certainly worth wondering what is going on inside Donis’ head. NICK KYRGIOS It seems we’ll have to create a permanent position for the 23-year-old in our column... In his most recent spout, the controversial tennis player hit back at former legend of the sport, Pat Rafter, who questioned the ATP’s decision not to suspend him, insinuating that the reason behind it was that he brings in the crowds. Kyrgios took to social media and responded by saying that he didn’t find it surprising that the former Australian team captain chose to remark on the topic, considering he “loves to hang his fellow Aussies out to dry”. The saga continues...
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