Greece were looking for a long era under their next manager after it was announced that Fernando Santos would not be staying on as coach after the World Cup 2014. Former Chelsea and Roma manager Claudio Ranieri was brought as the replacement for Santos.
However, he did not last long in the job since a lot of turmoil saw him sacked after just a few months of action. He was replaced by the 70-year-old, Sergio Markarian. He had been working with Greek legend Giorgos Karagounis, who was appointed as the director of football. However, there have been rumours about a rift between the two for quite a while.
Just five months into his role as the Greek manager, Markarian gave his resignation to the football Association president. Greek took a long time to convince the 70-year-old to stay at the job. This was due to a combination of on and off the field issues that have been plaguing the country as a whole. However, Greek FA president George Gkirtzikis has not been successful in convincingMarkarian to stay. The resignation has been accepted by the football Association, who have placed Kostas Tsanas as the coach of the team on an interim basis. Kostas Tsanas takes care of the Greek under 21 team. Read more »
Newly appointed Greece manager, Sergio Markarian says that the national team should be attacking a lot more if they are to improve their position in the Euro 2016 qualifying group.
Greece parted company with Claudio Ranieri after a few months in charge. The national team had begun the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in disastrous circumstances under the management of the former Chelsea boss. They have failed to recover from this poor form even after the appointment of Markarian. His first game in charge ended in a 0-0 draw with Hungary. A more crucial encounter awaits the national team in a few days when they take on Faroe Islands.
This is a great opportunity for Greece to take their first win of the qualification campaign. Already the prospect of reaching the finals in France looks extremely difficult since a six-point advantage separates them from Hungary, who occupy the final qualification spot. Even Hungary will not be able to reach the finals automatically as they will have to go through a play-off stage. Read more »
There have been so many incidents of violence during the international matches in Greece and Stelios Giannako poulos is really worried about it.
According to Giannakopoulos, if it goes on like this, his nation might be denied the opportunity of hosting too many international games in future.
The Football in Greece is actually in a pretty good shape talent wise. In World Cup which had taken place just a few months back, they had been brilliant against the top teams and if not for some lack of concentration in the penalty shootouts versus Costa Rica, they would have found themselves in the quarter finals there.
But, for a Football team to develop and to go from strength to strength, it’s important that the situation back home remains good and the players are provided peace to focus on their game, but, that is not happening currently and that’s why, after the World Cup, it has been a little bit of a dip for Greece in terms of their performances.
The players are the same and they all are good enough, but, with so much of violence in the country and it affecting the games, it has taken its toll.
Giannakopoulos wants the federation to do something about it soon and he also says he is ready to offer any kind of help that is needed. Read more »