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The offensive dystopia of PAOK and the derbies that followed



During the break, Razvan Lucescu will have to find solutions to PAOK’s scoring difficulties ahead of the crash tests with Panathinaikos, AEK and Olympiakos.

Losing points against OFI in Heraklion, PAOK have the days of the break at their disposal to correct their shortcomings and be more effective in the following games.

The truth is that the two-headed program makes it even harder from now on. October will show the strength of its squad as PAOK will play three derbies away with Panathinaikos (1/10) at Toumba, Olympiakos (15/10) and AEK (29/10).

First crash test is with the Greens on Matchday 6, then Dikefalos travels to Livadia ahead of the derby with Olympiakos in Karaiskakis. Next up is the game against Asteras Tripoli in Toumba, before closing out the month with the double-header away derby in Athens.

Razvan Lucescu’s side have three games away from home, including the two derbies against Olympiacos and AEK, while they are yet to win a double this season. In fact, PAOK have had an away win since last March and their last game against Union.

Razvan Lucescu gave his players a three-day break until Thursday (22/9) when he awaits them for training sessions in which the Dikefalo internationals (Kotarski, Dadas, Živković, Kurtić and Koulierakis along with Panagiotou Balomeno) will be absent. , Konstantelia have received calls from federal technicians).

The Romanian coach’s biggest problem is his team’s attacking dystopia. PAOK have played seven games since the start of this season, including the games against Levski Sofias.

In two of them he didn’t score a goal (with Lefski in Bulgaria and Aris in Kl. Vikelidis), in four he scored 1 (Lefski in Toumba, Panaitoliko, Lamia and OFI on Crete) and only in the match against Atromitos he managed a goal twice celebrate in a game.

In most of these games, PAOK created several chances – but also lost – and this is a problem that can prove crucial for Lucescu and his players.

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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