Idea Tabled For New National Team Training Center

Idea Tabled For New National Team Training Center

According to a proposal has been put forth by a member of the Greek Football Federation (EPO) in order for a new training center to be built for the Greek national team. Knostantinos Vrakas has tabled a proposition for a new state-of-the-art football facility to be created to house the national side.

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The Ethniki have been training at the Agios Kosmas training center for years, however the facilities in the south of Athens are deemed not of a high enough standard by many. Add to that the fact that the land the training center sits on has been sold and the Ethniki need a new training home sooner rather than later.

There are no details yet as to where the new facility might be located or how much the cost would be. 

The idea for a new place for Greece to train has been around for a while. The 2014 World Cup team famously made news ahead of their Second Round game against Costa Rica back in June 2014. The players wrote a letter to then Prime Minister Antonis Samaras indicating they would be willing to forego their bonuses for advancing to the knockout round so that a new training center could be built.

“We do not want extra bonuses, or money, we only play for Greece and its people,” the squad said in its message to the Samaras. “All we want is for you to support our effort to find land and to create a sports center that will house our national team.”

Samaras and other government officials promised the team they would grant them that request due to their exploits, but to this day there has been no such fulfillment of that promise. 

By George Tsitsonis
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