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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 09 November 2019
28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2019 winners& sinners WINNERS MATILDAS After all these years, it’s finally time that the efforts of Australian female football players be recognised! The new groundbreaking agreement made by the FFA and the PFA will ensure that the Matildas will enjoy as much of the revenue as the Socceroos. Furthermore, they will also share all the comforts of their male counterparts, such as the professional training grounds, travel by business class, and other luxuries. Not only that, but five percent of this revenue will go towards youth development, in an effort to help more youngsters advance into the highest level of the sport. This is an agreement that sees everyone win. ALEXIOS NTANATSIDIS The Greek Judo champion was able to win gold in the recent World Open that was held in Perth in the 81 kg category. This was a significant step forward in his attempts to reach the Olympic Games in Tokyo as soon as possible. This medal gave Ntanatsidis 700 points in the worldwide rankings bringing him to 11th place with a total of 2,160 points. With the first 15 fighters qualifying to Tokyo, his ticket is all but sealed. Ntanatsidis needed a bit more than 13 minutes to make short work of five opponents in Perth and reach the gold medal in style. ASHLEIGH BARTY Winning the ATP Finals would’ve been enough of a success. But the 23-yearold not only took home the trophy, but she also made history, becoming the most high-earning player in Australian tennis. The Queenslander won $6.4 million for her efforts, while also managing to complete the season at number one of the women’s worldwide rankings. Truly a force of nature, she has now focused the eyes of the world on her racket. UNSTOPPABLE ANTETOKOUNMPO The stats are amazing. Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated with 39 points (10-21 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 14-18 FT), 16 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and two blocks over 35 minutes of play Wednesday night as the Bucks topped the Clippers.Fantasy Impact:Antetokounmpo just missed a triple-double while notching season-highs in points and rebounds, not to mention his career-high four three-pointers made. The reigning MVP is fast by alex anyfantis In his weekly column, Alex Anyfantis takes a look at the Winners and Sinners of Greek and Australian sports Disappointment for Olympiacos and youth level Australian football becoming an all-time great in the world of basketball. RICK PITINO Speculation is mounting as to whether US coach Rick Pitino will take on the Greek national team as it attempts to qualify for the 12-team Olympic tournament.”It’s very exciting. It would be a hell of a thing to walk out in a (Opening Ceremonies) parade in Japan. That would be something really, really special if we could do it.” Pitino led Panathinaikos to a Greek League championship last June after taking charge mid-season. He had declined to return for a second season due to family reasons, that included a pregnant daughter and ailing grandson. But there are hopes that he may be back. MYKONOS MOTOCROSS Motocross Athletes from around the world kicked off the month on Mykonos, where they participated in the first All-Star Game Greece Motocross. Those present enjoyed breathtaking stunts, presented under the auspices of the Motorcycle club of Mykonos. The All-Star Game offered daredevils the chance to showcase their talent and offer onlookers spectacular moments. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Alexios Ntanatsidis celebrates his success at the Perth Judo Open 2019. PHOTO: DI FELICIANTONIO EMANUELE SINNERS YOUTH FOOTBALL While agreements are made on paper, the future of the sport isn’t looking too well inside the pitch. The Men’s under-17 squad was knocked out of the World Cup unceremoniously by losing 4-0 to France, while the women’s under-19 team were thrashed 7-0 by Japan at the Asian Championships. Investments are good, yet they can only go so far. It’s evident that Australian grassroots are in desperate need of some groundbreaking changes if there’s to be an improvement. OLYMPIACOS It seems a bit harsh to judge the team when they were up against a world class opponent. But the image shown by the Olympiacos team dur- ing the game against Bayern was truly disheartening. Constantly on the back foot, always second on the challenge, not able to string together three passes between them and having a pitiful percentage of 29 per cent in ball possession... The difference in quality was painfully obvious, yet the red-andwhites appeared subjected to their fate. Such a sad appearance. MELBOURNE CUP DAY It feels like a complete contradiction to the times that we live in, where people are constantly out in the streets fighting for climate change and to protect their rights, to have a day where (almost) no one goes to work simply because of a... horse race! It is an anachronism, a thing Villareal go Down Under! The famous La Liga club has made it official that they will form a new football team to take part in the Victorian National Premier Leagues The Spanish football club Villareal will be participating in next season's NPL. This new team, officially called Villareal Melbourne, will start from the fourth and final category of the football competition. The Villareal Melbourne founder Minos Paterakis with the club’s representatives Pedro Senar and Brandon Paramo. PHOTO: SUPPLIED This idea has been the brain-child of local businessperson Minos Paterakis who spent part of his life in Spain and has seen for himself the level of professional- ism applied by the Villareal youth academy. The club will be using the facilities in Monash, with over 200 kids already looking to try out for the team and hopefully qualify for a position within the high-profile Spanish academies. The Villareal Melbourne Academy will provide young players with an overall unique experience that will help them better their skills both on and off the field. Many professional coaches from Spain will be on hand to ensure that kids will receive all the necessary treatment as they take their early steps into adulthood, and even if they don't make it into the world of professional football, they will still walk away as better people. As Mr Paterakis stated, this will be the first Spanish football academy in Australia and its sole purpose will be the development of young players through the Villareal program, one of the most well known in all of Europe. Earlier in October, the club's April training program was concluded with ten kids emerging as best from within their age group. Among them was 10-year-old Andreas Pothitos of Greek descent. For more info, visit www.villarealmelbourne.com of the past, and there’s certainly nothing to ‘celebrate’ about it. If it didn’t mean people taking time off work then its existence would most likely be forgotten by most people. BEN SIMMONS The 76ers point guard has not made his presence felt in these eight games in the NBA season. And as if that wasn’t enough, he picked up an injury during his team’s game against the Utah Jazz. The 23-year-old bumped shoulders with Royce O’ Neale early in the game and did not return to the court for the second half. It remains unknown how long he’ll be out for but it might do him some good to take some time off and reassess his season.
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