Gamma Ethniki in another chaotic situation
The Gamma Ethniki is scheduled to begin on September 30, but in recent weeks, there have been major disputes about the structure of the championship. AGONAsport investigates further.
Taking into account the reforms coming to the top two tiers concerning the amount of teams to be promoted/relegated, there has been uncertainty in the Gamma Ethniki, with a final decision yet to be taken on how many clubs will either earn promotion or suffer demotion. According to sources in Greece, there have even been talks for eight teams (winners of each Gamma Ethniki group) to be sent up to the next level after the 2018/2019 season ends, however that depends on the outcome of the squabble between the Super League and Football League.
For the 2019/2020 campaign, there are plans to have a Super League, Super League 2, Football League and Gamma Ethniki. The Football League will become the third level of Greek football instead of the second and the promoted Gamma Ethniki clubs will compete in that particular division.
There have also been disagreements among Gamma Ethniki clubs connected with the schedule for the 2018/2019 season which sees teams pay out an extra 15,000 euros on travel expenses. A lot of the organisations participating in the Gamma Ethniki are already in a crippled financial state and there have been threats of a boycott.
Nevertheless, despite the glaring problems, the draw for the first round of the 2018/2019 Gamma Ethniki season took place on Wednesday.
Here are the eight groups for the 2018/2019 Gamma Ethniki campaign:
Megas Alexandros Kallitheas
by Shaun Nicolaides
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