Greek Soccer Still Wants Markarian

first_imgGreece soccer coach Sergio Markarian’s resignation after humiliating defeats to the Faroe Islands isn’t being accepted by the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO).The 70-year-old Uruguayan succeeded Italian Claudio Ranieri in February but quit after only five months with Greece at the bottom of its group in European Champions League qualifying with only two points. That meant Greece, the 2004 European champion, won’t even make next year’s tourney.“I came to Greece for the national team at a critical moment and took on a difficult job,” Markarian said in a statement. “I gave my all from the day I started, working long hours with great love for the work I do.“I apologize to the Greek fans because the results in our matches were not as good as we had hoped. Now I am making the difficult decision to end my collaboration with the team.”EPO President George Gkirtzikis said he wanted Markarian to stay. “I have not accepted it (Markarian’s resignation), I continue to believe in him and trust him,” Gkirtzikis told SportFM radio.During his previous spell in Greece, where he coached Ionikos, Panathinaikos and Iraklis, Markarian was known for his so-called “tsuku tsuku” football which involved grinding out low-scoring wins in defensive games many fans find boring.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

VOTE: Fans’ Asian Player of the Week

first_imgAFC Champions League VOTE: Fans’ Asian Player of the Week Last updated 2 years ago 18:02 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) VOTE Fans AFC Champions League Guangzhou Evergrande v Shanghai SIPG Al Hilal v Al Ain Urawa Reds v Kawasaki Frontale Al Hilal Urawa Reds Kawasaki Frontale Shanghai SIPG Guangzhou Evergrande Al Ain Alan, Carlos Eduardo or Toshiyuki Takagi – Who should be the Asian Player of the Week? This week saw intense action in the AFC Champions League 2017 with the second leg matches of the quarter-final knockout stage taking place. Among all the stellar performances that we saw, we have picked out three standout performers for the fans to deliberate upon and decide whose contribution was the best of the lot.Our first candidate is the Toyota Player of the Week, Carlos Eduardo of Al Hilal. He was in scintillating form for his side and scored a hat-trick in Al Hilal’s win over Al Ain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Our second candidate is Goal’s Player of the Week, Alan Douglas of Guangzhou Evergrande. The Brazilian was in inspired form against Shanghai SIPG, bagging a brace and an assist as his team almost overcame a 4-0 deficit from the first leg. Our final candidate for the honour is Urawa Red Diamonds’ Toshiyuki Takagi. The midfielder netted the decisive goal as Urawa Red Diamonds reversed a 3-1 first-leg deficit to Kawasaki Frontale to win 4-3 on aggregate. So, you have all the details. Now get voting and help us determine who came up with the most impressive performance in Asia this week. (If you’re unable to view the poll, click here)last_img read more