GREEK NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM: Greece failed to make a positive start to 2018 in Athens, losing to the Swiss 0:1 at the Olympic Stadium in an uneventful friendly encounter. Michael Skibbe’s men rarely threatened the opposing goal, not even registering a single effort on target.
GREEK NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM: An ineffective Greece slumped to a low-key 1-0 friendly loss to World Cup-bound Switzerland at the Olympic Stadium in Athens on Friday as its first match of 2018 failed to capture the imagination.**HIGHLIGHTS**
GREEK NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM: Following the FIFA World Cup disappointment against Croatia, Greek national team head coach Michael Skibbe had time to think about preparations for Euro 2020 qualifying and the UEFA Nations League. When announcing his roster to play Switzerland and Egypt in friendly matches, the German displayed that he’s willing to give new faces a chance.
GREEK NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM: In a recent study conducted by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), Greek legend Antonios Nikopolidis was declared the 23rd best goalkeeper between 2001 and 2010. 76 goaltenders were included in the list.
GREEK NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM: Following a statement from FIFA president Gianni Infantino, it became known that Morocco are the only opponents to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
GREEK NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM: Following the recent events during the PAOK - AEK Super League match in Thessaloniki, it’s been confirmed that the Greek national team will host Switzerland at the OAKA instead of the Toumba Stadium. The friendly match between the two nations is scheduled to take place on March 23 at 20:00 local time.
GREEK NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM: Ahead of upcoming friendly matches against Switzerland and Egypt, Greek national team head coach Michael Skibbe is on the verge of calling up Atromitos Athens star Theodoros Vasilakakis to the squad.
GREEK NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM:Greece were drawn into League C/Group B of the new UEFA Nations League, a tournament which will begin in September 2018. The Ethniki Omada will face Hungary, Finland and Estonia in the competition, with the first match taking place against the Estonians in Tallinn.
AGONASPORT SPOTLIGHT: Greece has no shortage of good defenders over the last decade. Even Greeks born abroad seem to have those strong defensive traits. One such player is Swedish center-back Sotiris Papagiannopoulos.
GREEK NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM: Tasos Donis’ display against Belgium this past fall as a ‘false nine’ in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the two sides was superb. It went to underline the fact that Donis can be an attacker that the national side can rely on for the foreseeable future.
GREEK SOCCER CUP: Panachaiki were knocked out of the Greek Cup following a tight 1:1 draw against Panathinaikos, but the main story was 43 year old goalkeeper Konstantinos Chalkias. The only 2004 European champion still playing competitive football, Chalkias participated in his first professional game for over five years.