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The Mosaic of Olympic Coach Candidates: The Criteria, Priorities and Options



Almost two months after changing the longest-serving coach in history, Olympiacos are looking for a new coach. The criteria, priorities, options, trends and the package offered are analyzed by Sportish, combined with the consideration of an organic filling of the board position in the club.

The past is not only instructive. It is also a trajectory indicator. Especially if it’s new. Seven weeks ago, Olympiacos had to undergo a coaching change and hit the market in search of the longest-serving player in their history. Pedro Martins. And now, in mid-September, after surviving eleven games on the bench, the “Red-Whites” are being asked to make another change after Corberan’s “out”.

Through Carlos Corberan The champions were in contact (directly or indirectly) at least two weeks prior to his enlistment. No, nobody stirred up Pedro Martins. This is how (should) clubs work. Be aware of who is on the market at all times. And if possible, they have the same perception.

So after the shock of the crash and Maccabi Haifa’s departure, not much time was wasted. The Spaniard… dozed off on Friday as the undisputed favorite to take the lead and although he spent about a day and a half in various contacts and words of wisdom, on Saturday night, not even 48 hours later, he was finally there to take the anointing.

And now the intention for similar speeds is given. Whoever sits next on the championship bench has time during the break to take advantage of the last break before the World Cup. This is exactly what Olympiacos staff are asking for. And now the relevant “wire” in the market – of course – didn’t fall last night.

As discussed at Game Night on Sunday, the football market has known for at least a week that the Greek champions are looking for a coach, with the relevant policy calling for significantly better salaries than Corberan, bordering on what Pedro Martins, according to his last update, “purely ” was offered.

After all, agents from Gestifute – the company of Jorge Mendes (via Rodríguez’s agency), ROOF (via Samasekos) and Stellar (via Bakabou) – were brought to Athens in midweek, in the impressive finale of the transfer window. These companies alone are enough to sort through – for starters – more than 20 available trainers, either with direct or indirect influence.

So there are options. For every taste, for all needs, for all demands and plans. Of course, given the conditions and the specific status quo that has emerged, the ideal is that Olympiacos not only choose whoever it deems appropriate, but also that they… choose him.

It may have taken a few hours, less than two twenty-four hours – officially – for the “Reds and Whites”‘ recent similar search before the final selection of Corberan, but the doors were knocked on – and for various reasons not opening – also underline the difficulty of current ambitions, at least those that defy the strictest framework of realism.

Bakshes has it all: Blanc, Stankovic, Mitchell and others

Laurent Blanc, from the day after the home defeat against Freiburg, emerges as the front runner. Reminiscent of… Corberan (in terms of timing and methodology followed). And as of last night, reports of his candidacy are plentiful and everyone seems to be trying to go one step further.

The 56-year-old Frenchman is undeniably the personality at the center of Olympiacos’ current search, he’s available, he’s choosy but doesn’t turn down talks (in the recent past he’s heard offers from the international, after all, with teams from Morocco and Tunisia but also Toronto in the MLS) he is doable with the scenario for Lyon daily interest in France and is obviously a prime salary option as if his case is in and he agrees he becomes the highest paid manager in the Super League and fittingly takes on the most expensive team in its history.

The “Red-Whites” are said to offer manager James Rodriguez, who runs until February, a contract with Al Rayyan until the summer of 2024, with the proviso of a further extension of one year. Surpassed his earnings in Qatar three million euros a yearIn doing so, he kept his record at the highest level, although then, when he took charge of the Qatar team, he returned to the bench after 4.5 years and his tenure in Paris (June 2013-June 2016), where he was paid with 3.5 million euros per year.

He’s not the only one. According to others, he may not even be the main candidate. But it is certainly a sign of instances of available techniques of proportional band, impact and CV.

Quique Setien, who had charmed Olympiakos managers by introducing Betis, who faced the ‘Red-Whites’ in the Europa League groups four years ago (and who was essentially his own pass to take over Barcelona), Paulo Souza, Jorge Sampaoli, Marcelo Bielsa, Frank de Boer, Jurgen Klinsmann, Rafa Benitez (although he was the one who essentially opened the door to the exit of Goodison Park around this time last year for James Rodriguez as Everton manager at the time) only some of the corresponding… shelf height (and… wallet depth) options.

There are also Corberan-like solutions. Younger, more developing, fresher. Anyway, coaches. Existing ones and not someone who declares that they will become one, whereby for them coaching is still a work in progress, without additional professional beliefs. Corberan was accused, among other things: inexperience, his successor will hardly be anyone who has even less on the bench.

So when selecting from the specific category, the younger ones, Dejan Stankovic is legendary among the main options. He won three consecutive championships on the Red Star bench, and in the last two “zvezda” scored 209 (!) Goals and suffered only one defeat, but his (third) consecutive failure propelled them into the Champions League groups to lead, knew he was eliminated the playoffs of … Maccabi Haifa, prompted him to resign twenty days ago.

However, indicative of the difficulties of even such a case is the fact that the 44-year-old Serbian coach has been a subject of controversy in the Italian media for at least a week among the (very serious) candidates to succeed Simone Inzaghi on the Inter bench (after all, switched Stankovic to Milan a decade ago as a Nerazzurri player).

After all, Mitchell is a special case. He combines the personality that the champion is looking for with the (successful) previous service on the club bench. The 59-year-old Spaniard has rejected several offers from other Greek sides in the past, making it clear to those who approached him that he would only return to the Super League for Olympiakos. Last but not least, a clear sign of intentions for Ibera, who has been unemployed for a year (he left Getafe’s bank last October).

To be fair, something that moves a lot and seems to be gaining ground as a compelling movement. After the failure of negotiations with Julien Fournier, the idea of ​​”Red-Whites” is supposed to be in the second year, that is, after the agreement with the new coach (but not long after that…) and someone who will play the role of manager at the club organically covers.

What epithet will accompany this manager – technical, athletic, executive – is still up for debate, but given the need for manpower has been recognized and the direction is right there, possibly even with someone he (rather than the new coach) example) who has previous experience and knowledge of Olympiakos.

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Source: sport 24

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Zaba: “The PAOK chapter ends here, but the story will not be deleted”




The Brazilian Leo Zaba said goodbye to PAOK with his post on Instagram and emphasized, among other things, that the chapter of the doubleheader ends here, but the story will not be deleted

PAOK have reached an agreement with Leo Zamba to end their collaboration and the Brazilian closed the doubleheader chapter of his career with his message on social media.

“Some decisions in our lives are harder to make. Some moments are unforgettable and some stories never go away.

From the first day I was in Thessaloniki I felt that the care and impact I would have would be unique. Words cannot describe everything I have felt and experienced over the years as a PAOK athlete.

Title. Historical games. Repayment. I lived in this beautiful city until the end of my life. From the happy moments to the ones when I feared for my life. And that shaped me, there’s no denying that. PAOK will forever be a part of my life. Greece is my second home.

I want to publicly and with the purest feelings thank all the professionals, athletes, staff, friends and those who have been close to me over the years. The story would be different without you.

I wish the best to the team that saved me so much and taught me to see football differently.

This chapter ends here, but history will not be erased.” He wrote.

Source: sport 24

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The construction of the new Panathinaikos Stadium in Botaniko is on the way to tender




The approval of the environmental requirements for the double redevelopment also gave the green light for the project, as NEWS 24/7 writes. Stadium capacity and schedule.

The competition for Panathinaikos’ new stadium will start shortly, while the environmental conditions for the entire double-renovation were also approved on Friday.

As announced by the Minister for Development and Investment, Adonis Georgiadis, with his relevant message on Twitter “…also yesterday [30/9] the environmental impact study for the double redevelopment has been approved and the competition for the PAO Stadium begins!”.

In particular, as NEWS 24/7 writes, the changes to the joint ministerial decision on the double rehabilitation of Botanic and Alexandra avenues (including the new Panathinaikos stadium) have been approved by the relevant department of the Ministry of Environment and Energy.

What will the stadium look like?

According to the above decision, the new stadium will have a maximum capacity of 40,000 spectators.

The built-up area of ​​the new stadium will reach 33,822.66 m².

The field coverage in the area will be 25,850.93 m². while the maximum height of the field will not exceed 41.05 meters.

The parking spaces at the stadium will be 325 (the relevant PD of 2013 envisages the construction of underground parking spaces with a maximum capacity of 450 cars), while the parking spaces needed during football matches will be 1,807.

Taking into account the 125 parking spaces in the building of the amateur Panathinaikos, the remaining 1357 parking spaces will be occupied by parking spaces in the OT. 45a or within properties up to a distance of 200 m from the intervention area.

The construction of additional and commercial uses will be 4,678.55 m², while the planned planting of the surrounding green space will exceed 100 acres (100,191.53 m²).

The expected schedule for the new stadium

According to reports and people familiar with the procedures, the international tender for the selection of the contractor who will build the new stadium in Botaniko will be announced in October.

The tender is expected to be completed and the contractor selected by 2023.

The next important step is the approval process, which can be completed by the end of 2023 if progress is made quickly. It should be noted that an old building permit already exists, which, however, has to be renewed.

It is estimated that work will begin in early 2024 with a completion horizon of late 2026 or early 2027 (duration 36 months).

Source: sport 24

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Bakabu scored two goals in one game for the 30th time in his career




Cedric Bakabou scored twice in Olympiakos’ 2-0 win over Atromitos, the 30th of his career.

Cedric Bakabu has done wonders for Villarreal in the two and a half years that he has been at the Spanish club, with an incredible success rate of a goal every two games (he has 105 appearances, 47 goals and 5 assists).

His performances in La Liga and European competitions saw Chinese club Guoan spend €40,000,000 to sign him in January 2018.

Earlier, in the summer of 2015, Villarreal, noticing Bakabu’s goal prowess, had spent €7,500,000 to sign him from Bursaspor (40 games, 20 goals, 7 assists). It was only in Marseille that he didn’t fare as well in the six months of last season, which is why he decided to change his environment with a move to Olympiakos.

The French-born but Congolese international scored twice against Atromitos Athens, his first game as a regular for the Red-Whites and his first for Karaiskakis, but it’s not the first time in his career.

It was the 30th time he scored two goals in one game

Notably, it was the 30th time Bakabu had scored two goals in one game. An example of the quality and leadership of the experienced centre-forward, who is very agile, quick, creates phases and room for maneuver and makes it difficult for the opposing defense.

Bakabou had scored two goals in one game for Sossot three times, beating Troyes 3-1 on 22/9/2012, Rennes 2-1 on 21/12/2013 and Evian 3-2 on 26/9/2012 for the cup.

With Villarreal, the Congolese striker scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Eibar on October 1, 2017, scoring two goals in one game in a total of 14 games. The five times were in Europe (at Dynamo Minsk 4-0 on October 22, 2015, Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 on March 10, 2016, Sparta Prague 2-1 on April 7, 2016, Sparta Prague 2-4 on April 14, 2016 and Astana 2 -3 on 11/23/2017).

And the other nine in LaLiga and Cup (with Espanyol 3-1 on 28/8/2015, Rayo Vallecano 2-1 on 6/12/2015, Sporting Gijon 2-0 on 10/1/2016, Sevilla 4-2 on 13/3/2016, Leganes 2-1 on 22/04/2017, Sporting Gijon 3-1 on 28/04/2017, Alaves 3-0 on 17/09/2017, Girona 2-1 on 15/10/2017 and Ponferandina 3-0 on 30/11/2017).

The veteran striker had three hat-tricks at Bursaspor (vs. Balıkesıspor 5-0 on 25/10/2014, Mersin 5-0 on 27/1/2015 and Karagümruk 3-0 on 5/2/2015) and scored two goals against Eskisehirspor 2-2 on 19/4. 2014 and Basaksehir 4-1 on 4/25/2015.

As for his stay in China with Guoan, Bakabu scored four goals against Dagdai Lifan 5-1 on 09/01/2020, three goals against Buriram 3-1 on 09/04/2019 and since then two goals against Guangzhou 2-2 on 15/ 5/2018, Yifang 5:2 on 14.8.2018, Guangzhou 5:1 in the cup on 22.8.2018, Guangzhou 3:0 on 7.10.2018, Shenhua 3:1 on 7.11/2018, Shenzhen 3:0 on 12.5.2019 , Guangzhou 4-1 on 11/27/2019, Luneng 2-2 on 10/17/2020, Wuhan 2-0 on 5/10/2021 and Wuhan 2-1 on 03/08/2021.

Now at Olympiakos, they hope Bakabou will have a similar continuity in the league, creating valuable scoring chances and leading the Red-Whites to fresh victories.

Source: sport 24

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