Daily Archives: December 10, 2014

Αθλητικοί παγκόσμιοι παιδικοί αγώνες-Lake Macquarie:5η ΘΕΣΗ ΣΤΟΝ ΤΕΛΙΚΟ ΣΤΑ 50μ. Ο ΘΑΝΟΣ ΖΑΦΕΙΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ – 11ος ΣΤΑ 200μ. ΥΠΤΙΟ Ο ΚΩΝ/ΝΟΣ ΚΥΡΙΑΖΗΣ.

Photo: 5η ΘΕΣΗ ΣΤΟΝ ΤΕΛΙΚΟ ΣΤΑ 50μ. Ο ΘΑΝΟΣ ΖΑΦΕΙΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ - 11ος ΣΤΑ 200μ. ΥΠΤΙΟ Ο ΚΩΝ/ΝΟΣ ΚΥΡΙΑΖΗΣ.</p>
<p>Τελευταία ημέρα των αγώνων η σημερινή με την συμμετοχή των κολυμβητών Θάνου Ζαφειρόπουλου και Κων/νου Κυριαζή στα 50μ. ελεύθερο και 200μ.ύπτιο αντίστοιχα. Ο Θάνος Ζαφειρόπουλος με τον 4ο καλύτερο χρόνο στα προκριματικά 25''.43 πέρασε στον τελικό όπου κατέλαβε την 5η θέση με χρόνο 25''.58. Ο Κων/νος Κυριαζής με χρόνο 2'.21''.75 στα 200μ. ύπτιο κατετάγη τελικά στην 11η θέση.  Με την συμμετοχές των δύο κολυμβητών ολοκληρώθηκε η παρουσία της αποστολής του Δήμου Πατρέων στην Αυστραλία για τους παγκόσμιους παιδικούς αγώνες του 2014.Τελευταία ημέρα των αγώνων η σημερινή με την συμμετοχή των κολυμβητών Θάνου Ζαφειρόπουλου και Κων/νου Κυριαζή στα 50μ. ελεύθερο και 200μ.ύπτιο αντίστοιχα.

Ο Θάνος Ζαφειρόπουλος με τον 4ο καλύτερο χρόνο στα προκριματικά 25”.43 πέρασε στον τελικό όπου κατέλαβε την 5η θέση με χρόνο 25”.58.
Ο Κων/νος Κυριαζής με χρόνο 2′.21”.75 στα 200μ. ύπτιο κατετάγη τελικά στην 11η θέση.
Με την συμμετοχές των δύο κολυμβητών ολοκληρώθηκε η παρουσία της αποστολής του Δήμου Πατρέων στην Αυστραλία για τους παγκόσμιους παιδικούς αγώνες του 2014.
 
Πηγή: studio3newcastle.com
 

«Ισχυρός» Ολυμπιακός στο Europa, η Ελλάδα… σχεδόν 12η στην UEFA

«Ισχυρός» Ολυμπιακός στο Europa, η Ελλάδα... σχεδόν 12η στην UEFA

Ο Κασάμι πανηγυρίζει περισσότερο και από τον… σκόρερ Φουστέρ το 1-0 του Ολυμπιακού κόντρα στη Μάλμε (Φωτογραφία: Reuters

Ο Ολυμπιακός όχι απλά θα παίξει στο Europa League, αλλά αποτελεί και την καλύτερη Τρίτη ομάδα των ομίλων του Champions League με το εισιτήριο στους «32» και αυτό σημαίνει πως συμπεριλαμβάνεται στους «ισχυρούς» της κλήρωσης που θα διεξαχθεί τη Δευτέρα 15 Δεκεμβρίου (14:00).

Οι «ερυθρόλευκοι» μπορεί να έχασαν την πρόκριση στους «16» του Champions League, ωστόσο θα έχουν την προοπτική για μια καλή κλήρωση στη συνέχεια.

Ανεξάρτητα από το τι θα συμβεί στα παιχνίδια της Τετάρτης, με τους 9 βαθμούς που συγκέντρωσαν οι Πειραιώτες από τις τρεις νίκες τους στο Φάληρο, θα έχουν την υψηλότερη βαθμολογία και θα κληρωθούν με μία από τις δεύτερες των ομίλων του Europa League ή τις τέσσερις χειρότερες τρίτες του Champions League.

Οι πιθανοί αντίπαλοί του θα διαμορφωθούν μετά τα ματς του επόμενου διημέρου, ενώ από σήμερα γνωρίζουμε πως η Σέλτικ και η Αϊντχόφεν είναι μεταξύ των ομάδων που ενδέχεται να αντιμετωπίσουν οι πρωταθλητές Ελλάδας.

Οι χειρότεροι τρίτοι στους ομίλους του Champions League (αδύναμοι στην κλήρωση):

ΑΠΟΕΛ 1 βαθμός ή Άγιαξ 2 βαθμοί (ματς λιγότερο)
ΜΠΑΤΕ 3 βαθμοί ή Αθλέτικ 4 βαθμοί (ματς λιγότερο)
Μάριμπορ 3 βαθμοί ή Σάλκε 5 βαθμοί (ματς λιγότερο)
Λίβερπουλ 5 βαθμοί
ΤΣΣΚΑ Μόσχας 5 βαθμοί ή Μάντσεστερ Σίτι 5 βαθμοί ή Ρόμα 5 βαθμοί (ματς λιγότερο)
Άντερλεχτ 6 βαθμοί
Ζενίτ 7 βαθμοί

Οι δεύτεροι στους ομίλους του Europa League (αδύναμοι στην κλήρωση):
Σέλτικ
Αϊντχόφεν
Γκινγκάμπ ή ΠΑΟΚ *
Τότεναμ ή Μπεσίκτας
Βόλφσμπουργκ ή Λιλ
Λέγκια ή Τράμπζονσπορ
Γκλάντμπαχ ή Βιγιαρεάλ ή Ζυρίχη
Κλαμπ Μπριζ ή Τορίνο ή Ελσίνκι
Καραμπάγκ, ή Σεντ Ετιέν ή Ντνίπρο
Φέγενορντ ή Σεβίλλη ή Ριέκα
Νάπολι ή Σπάρτα Πράγας ή Γιουνγκ Μπόις
Ντινάμο Κιέβου ή Όλμποργκ ή Στεάουα

* Με τον ΠΑΟΚ δεν μπορεί να κληρωθεί

Πιο κοντά στην… Τουρκία

Ωστόσο, το κατά τα άλλα, δύσμοιρο ελληνικό ποδόσφαιρο (σ.σ. με όσα συμβαίνουν στο εσωτερικό με τις εξωαγωνιστικές κυρίως υποθέσεις), μπορεί να πανηγυρίζει και για έναν ακόμη λόγο.

Η νίκη του Ολυμπιακού επί της Μάλμε, σε συνδυασμό με την ήττα της Γαλατάσαραϊ από την Άρσεναλ στην Κωνσταντινούπολη (1-4) μείωσε στους 500 βαθμούς, (δηλαδή κάτι λιγότερο από μια νίκη και μια ισοπαλία) την απόσταση από τη 12η Τουρκία στην κατάταξη της UEFA.

Η χώρα μας εξασφάλισε πως θα έχει τουλάχιστον έναν εκπρόσωπο στους «32» του Europa League, ίσως και δύο εάν ο ΠΑΟΚ νικήσει την προσεχή Πέμπτη τη γαλλική Γκινγκάμπ στην Τούμπα.

Από την άλλη, οι Τούρκοι έχασαν ήδη τη «Γαλατά», αλλά Μπεσίκτας και Τραμπζονσπόρ έχουν ήδη προκριθεί στους «32» του Europa League.

Θυμίζουμε ότι εφόσον η Ελλάδα καταφέρει να πάρει τη 12η θέση στην UEFA, τότε από την περίοδο 2016-17 ο πρωταθλητής θα βγαίνει απευθείας στους ομίλους του Champions League και ο κυπελλούχος σε αυτούς του Europa League.

Υπό προϋποθέσεις και η 13η θέση μπορεί να προσφέρει τα ίδια προνόμια, εάν ο πρωταθλητής Ευρώπης του 2016 έχει κερδίσει την είσοδό του στους ομίλους απευθείας από το εθνικό του πρωτάθλημα. Αν δεν συμβεί αυτό τότε πρωταθλητής και δευτεραθλητής θα παίξουν προκριματικά.

Η βαθμολογία της UEFA
1. Ισπανία 91.429 6/7
2. Αγγλία 77.248 6/7
3. Γερμανία 74.415 6/7
4. Ιταλία 61.510 6/6
5. Πορτογαλία 59.549 4/6
6. Γαλλία 50.583 5/6
7. Ρωσία 47.832 4/6
8. Ουκρανία 40.832 4/6
9. Ολλανδία 39.136 3/6
10. Βέλγιο 34.200 4/5
11. Ελβετία 33.775 3/5
12. Τουρκία 31.800 2/5
13. Ελλάδα 31.300 4/5
14. Τσεχία 29.125 1/4
15. Ρουμανία 26.299 2/4
16. Αυστρία 25.175 1/4
17. Κροατία 23.000 2/4
18. Κύπρος 22.300 2/5
19. Πολωνία 21.000 1/4
20. Ισραήλ 21.000 0/4

Πηγή:in.gr

Wanderers “tired” ahead of FIFA Club World Cup – Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic admits his team are “tired” ahead of their scheduled FIFA Club World Cup encounter against Mexico’s Cruz Azul on Sunday in Morocco (AEDT).

Disgruntled Wanderers players arrived in Rabat on Monday still frustrated over a pay dispute that threatens the go-ahead of their quarter-final clash with the CONCACAF champions.

They are angry over the refusal of club owner Paul Lederer to negotiate with them and the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) to increase their appearance prize-money from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.

The eight-team FIFA Club World Cup is one of football’s most lucrative competitions in the world, and the Wanderers players don’t feel their hard work and sacrifices this off-season have been appreciated enough.

However Popovic says the players are trying to push off-field issues to the back of their minds after arriving in Morocco.

“They’re tired, we’re all tired, but they’re buoyant,” Popovic told the club’s official website. “You arrive at the airport and see the welcome we’ve received and realise there are seven other clubs here for a World Club Championship and we’re one of them. We’re representing Australia, the A-League, the Wanderers … it hits home why we’re here. But spirits are good but we are just tired.”

Rival Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque says he understands the frustration of the Wanderers players, and that he hopes the situation gets resolved before Sunday’s kick-off.

“As players we understand where they are coming from and it’s a very touchy situation,” Brosque told AAP. “Hopefully it does sort itself out. It’s a great competition that they have won the right to play in and you wouldn’t like to see them not play for those reasons. I hope they and the club can come to an agreement.”

source: rippa.com

Q&A: What is behind Greece’s snap presidential election?

Antonis Samaras, Greece’s prime minister

Why did Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras call a snap presidential election?

The government wants to put an end to weeks of political uncertainty, which has sent spreads on Greek bonds soaring, blocking Athens from borrowing on international markets and damaging confidence in a Greek economic recovery. Mr Samaras is betting he can round up 180 MPs to vote for his government’s candidate and avert a general election that the radical opposition Syriza would almost certainly win. That would give him another year to finish his four-year term and a chance to put Greece on the road to sustained growth.

Will the government get the 180 votes?

It will be a close-run contest. Mr Samaras’s centre-right New Democracy party and its socialist coalition partner Pasok can muster only 155 votes between them. They expect to win the support of 16 or 17 independent MPs who left the coalition because they opposed specific bailout reforms, but will have to lobby hard for the remaining 8 or 9 votes among deputies from the rightwing Independent Greeks party and the moderate Democratic Left, which split from the governing coalition last year.

What does this mean for Greece’s bailout?

Greece was given a two-month extension of the current bailout at Monday’s meeting of eurozone finance ministers so that it can implement further tough measures including tax rises and pension cuts before agreeing separate precautionary credit lines from the EU and International Monetary Fund. A successful presidential election could accelerate economic reforms, while a snap general election won by Syriza would be likely to disrupt relations with international lenders who would confront a new government led by fiercely anti-bailout politicians.

How has Syriza reacted?

Syriza welcomed Mr Samaras’s decision, saying it would enable Greeks to escape earlier from the punishing four-year bailout as the government would fail to elect a president. It said the government and the troika of international bailout monitors — the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund — agreed to bring the presidential vote forward out of “desperation”.

Is Syriza really as scary as the government suggests?

Alexis Tsipras, the party leader, is trying hard to not to frighten undecided Greek voters. His approval ratings are approaching those of Mr Samaras as he moderates his anti-bailout rhetoric and reassures investors their money would be safe with a Syriza government in power. Promises to increase the minimum wage by 50 per cent, provide free heating and electricity for impoverished Greeks and create more public sector jobs have given Syriza a 4-9 percentage point lead in opinion polls. But many Greeks worry that Mr Tsipras’s threats to halt payments on Greece’s debt might provoke a stand-off with lenders prompting a bank run and, perhaps, a Cypriot-style bail-in whereby savers could lose part of their deposits.

Could Greece survive without a bailout agreement?

Not for long. The government has a big enough financial reserve to meet debt repayments in the first half of 2015 but would struggle to roll over short-term domestic debt if there was an outright break with the troika. Greek banks would face difficulty borrowing from the European Central Bank, renewing the squeeze on liquidity for the private sector. The surge in bond spreads after Mr Samaras announced his plan to end the IMF programme a year ahead of schedule made clear how much Greece will need the support of international lenders for the foreseeable future.

Was this a stroke of political genius by Mr Samaras or a sign of desperation?

Mr Samaras has appeared increasingly frustrated by what he calls the “way the troika moves the goalposts” in the bailout negotiations. And Syriza’s victory in the European parliament elections last May and strong lead in opinion polls ever since has put the premier on the defensive with his own party. If Mr Samaras’s gamble on the presidential election pays off, the government will be able to seal a new agreement with lenders and keep Syriza at bay for another year.

source: http://www.ft.com

Black Tuesday in Greece after snap election sparks crisis fears

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has called an election.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has called an election.

Greek stocks suffered their steepest daily fall in more than a quarter century on Tuesday and its bond yields jumped after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras brought forward a presidential election in a gamble over his, and the country’s future.

If Samaras fails to secure victory in parliament for his presidential candidate, snap national elections will be called that the leftist Syriza party – a fierce opponent of Greece’s bailout deal with the European Union and IMF – is likely to win.

Financial markets took Samaras’s do-or-die decision badly, as he lacks enough support to win the vote in parliament without the backing of independents and small parties.

The Athens general stock index tumbled 12.8 percent, its biggest loss in a day since 1987. An index of Greece’s listed banks fell 14.7 percent, with Attica Bank down 27.5 percent.

The decision sent 10-year Greek government bond yields up 74 basis points to 8.09 percent. This is a level the government could not afford to borrow at for long if, as it hopes, the country exits the widely hated bailout program and finances itself on the debt market.

German 10-year Bund yields, which fall in times of uncertainty as investors seek refuge in top-rated assets, were down 3 bps at a record low of at 0.688 percent.

Bondholders fear the possibility of Syriza abandoning austerity polices imposed to bring Greece’s state finances into order. They prefer pro-business governments that would stick to the rigors imposed by the IMF/EU program – which have helped to slash Greeks’ living standards.

“We are likely to see a lot of volatility over the coming months as investors are likely to avoid Greek assets until the political situation becomes clearer,” said IHS Global Insight analyst Diego Iscaro.

The Democratic Left and Independent Greeks, parties whose lawmakers are being courted by both the government and Syriza before the presidential vote, repeated on Tuesday they would not back the government’s candidate, former European Union environment commissioner Stavros Dimas.

The decision by Samaras to bring forward the parliamentary vote, the first round of which will be held on Dec. 17, is a calculated bet that a small window has opened up to persuade reticent lawmakers into backing the government and avoiding a new Greek crisis, just as it puts the worst of its downward economic spiral behind it.

The surprise move was finalised by Samaras and Evangelos Venizelos, leader of his junior coalition partner PASOK, on Monday as euro zone ministers were discussing extending the bailout by two months.

In Brussels, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Tuesday a credit line may be made available to Greece at the end of February but no fresh money would be needed.

An extension of the bailout would give Athens just enough time to hold the presidential vote and national elections if needed, before the bailout exit and terms of a precautionary credit line in the post-bailout period are set.

While the presidency is largely ceremonial, the constitution demands parliamentary elections if the government cannot get lawmakers’ support for its candidate.

Failure by Samaras, who leads the conservative New Democracy party, could bring in a new era in Greek politics with radical leftists taking the helm. Alternatively, it could lead to a period of political paralysis if Syriza fails to find partners to form a coalition government.

Samaras is betting that fear can be used to persuade about two dozen independent lawmakers and perhaps some from two small anti-austerity parties – former coalition ally Democratic Left and the right-wing Independent Greeks – to back him after all.

Moving up the vote effectively forces them to back Samaras’s plan for pulling Greece out of the bailout program or face the uncertainty of snap elections. Syriza would get 29 percent and Samaras’s New Democracy party 24 percent if elections were held now, according to a Pulse poll published on Monday.

Samaras needs the backing of 180 lawmakers – 25 more than he currently has in his coalition – to win the vote. If he does, he would clear a hurdle that has stood in the way of his government for months.

Samaras would then be free to finalize contentious terms of an early exit from the bailout, which is widely hated by Greeks due to its demands for austerity, without fearing his own political demise.

“When the current parliament elects a president at the end of the month the clouds will be gone and the country will be ready to officially enter the post-bailout era,” he said in a televised address.

The government is almost certain to fail the first two rounds of the presidential vote , when it needs the support of 200 lawmakers to secure victory for its candidate. It has the best shot of winning at the third vote on Dec. 29, when it needs the backing of 180 lawmakers.

source: smh.com.au

Change of heart: Abbott government commits $200m to Green Climate Fund

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is in Peru where the government will announce the funding on Wednesday.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is in Peru where the government will announce the funding on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

The Abbott government has bowed to international pressure and will commit to a global fund to help developing nations deal with climate change.

The government has also revealed the first detail of how it will review Australia’s post-2020 emissions reduction targets, with a taskforce to be established in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

In a statement on Wednesday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the government would provide $200 million over four years from Australia’s foreign aid budget for the Green Climate Fund.

It follows weeks of criticism after the government tried to resist the fund’s inclusion on a G20 communique and refused to join other world leaders at a conference in Berlin that aimed to raise an initial $10 billion for the measure.

The government released the statement to say it will announce its change of heart in Peru on Wednesday, with Ms Bishop in Lima for climate talks.

Environment groups attending the Lima summit told Fairfax Media on Tuesday that there had been criticism of Australia during the early days of the conference for its refusal to join other countries and commit to the fund.

“It’s a mix of disbelief to outrage,” the Climate Institute’s Erwin Jackson told Fairfax on Tuesday.

“Particularly amongst the poorer countries it’s a level of outrage.”

Environment groups welcomed the government’s backdown on Wednesday but said any funds should be additional money, rather than drawn from the existing foreign aid budget.

In an interview with the ABC in 2012 while in opposition, Ms Bishop said climate change funding should not be “disguised as foreign aid funding”.

“We would certainly not spend our foreign aid budget on climate change programs,” she said.

The Australian Conservation Foundation said the United States had pledged $3 billion for the fund and Japan $1.5 billion.

“The Prime Minister’s announcement is welcome recognition that Australia needs to be part of the global effort on climate change, but the contribution should not be taken from the existing aid budget,” climate change program manager Victoria McKenzie-McHarg said.

“Climate change is presenting new problems for developing nations, so our contribution to the Green Climate Fund should be new money.”

In an interview with the Australian in November last year, Mr Abbott compared UN climate funds to “a Bob Brown bank on an international scale”.

“We are committed to dismantling the Bob Brown bank [the Clean Energy Finance Corporation] at home so it would be impossible for us to support a Bob Brown bank on an international scale,” he said at the time.

Greens leader Christine Milne said the about-turn was evidence of the intense international pressure Australia had been under to commit to the fund.

“There is no way Australia could have continued with its stand against global finance and be viewed as negotiating in good faith here in Lima,” Senator Milne said.

“$50 million a year is nowhere near enough, when the global target for finance is $100 billion a year by 2020.

“Because the Coalition has left it to the last minute, Australia’s contribution to the GCF looks begrudging.”

At a press conference later Wednesday, Mr Abbott dismissed suggestions that he had backflipped on the fund, given his previous refusals to provide money.

“I’ve made various comments some time ago but, as we have seen things develop over the last few months, I think it’s now fair and reasonable for the government to make a modest, prudent and proportionate commitment to this climate mitigation fund,” he said.

He said the $200 million would be “strictly” invested in “practical” projects in the Asia Pacific region.

The government said that Australia’s contribution would take the total international contributions to the fund above the target of $10 billion.

“The pledge to the Green Climate Fund will facilitate private sector-led economic growth in the Indo-Pacific region with a particular focus on investment in infrastructure, energy, forestry and emissions reduction programmes,” Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop said in their joint statement.

They also revealed a taskforce would be established within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to review Australia’s emissions reduction targets ahead of a global climate summit in Paris next year.

The United Nations has set a deadline of April for countries to announce their ambitions in the lead up to the December conference.

Any new post 2020 targets for Australia would not be announced until mid-2015.

“This review will take into consideration action taken by the major economies and our major trading partners,” the statement said.

“Any new post-2020 target would be announced in mid-2015 after the taskforce has completed its work.”

source: theage.com.au

 

 

Champions League: Γιουβέντους – Ατλέτικο Μαδρίτης και άλλα αποτελέσματα

Champions League: Γιουβέντους – Ατλέτικο Μαδρίτης και άλλα αποτελέσματα

Ο Ολυμπιακός νίκησε με 4-2 τη Μάλμε και με εννέα βαθμούς συνεχίζει στο Europa League. Καταχειροκροτήθηκαν από τους φίλους τους οι Πειραιώτες.

Τελικά αποτελέσματα
Γιουβέντους – Ατλέτικο Μαδρίτης 0-0
Λίβερπουλ – Βασιλεία 1-1 (81’ Τζέραρντ – 25’ Φράι)
Μπενφίκα – Μπάγερ Λεβερκούζεν 0-0
Ρεάλ Μαδρίτης – Λουντογκόρετς 4-0 (20’ πεν. Ρονάλντο, 38’ Μπέιλ, 80’ Αρμπελόα, 87’ Μεντράν)
Μονακό – Ζενίτ 2-0 (64’ Αμπντενούρ, 89’ Φαμπίνιο)
Ντόρτμουντ – Άντερλεχτ 1-1 (58’ Ιμόμπιλε – 84’ Μίτροβιτς)
Γαλατάσαραϊ – Άρσεναλ 1-4 (88’ Σνάιντερ – 3’, 90’ 2’ Ποντόλσκι, 11’, 29’ Ράμσεϊ)
Τελικά στο Τορίνο. Γιουβέντους – Ατλέτικο 0-0
ΓΚΟΛ για την Άρσεναλ με τον Ποντόλσκι
Ο Φαμπίνιο στο 89′ το 2-0 της Μονακό.
Μειώνει η Γαλατά με τον Σνάιντερ.
4-0 η Ρεάλ με τον  Μεντράν στο 87′.
Γιουβέντους – Ατλέτικο Μαδρίτης 0-0
Λίβερπουλ – Βασιλεία 1-1 (81’ Τζέραρντ – 25’ Φράι)
Μπενφίκα – Μπάγερ Λεβερκούζεν 0-0
Ρεάλ Μαδρίτης – Λουντογκόρετς 3-0 (20’ πεν. Ρονάλντο, 38’ Μπέιλ, 80’ Αρμπελόα)
Μονακό – Ζενίτ 1-0 (64’ Αμπντενούρ)
Ντόρτμουντ – Άντερλεχτ 1-1 (58’ Ιμόμπιλε – 84’ Μίτροβιτς)
Γαλατάσαραϊ – Άρσεναλ 0-3 (3’ Ποντόλσκι, 11’, 29’ Ράμσεϊ)

64′ ΓΚΟΛ για την Μονακό με τον Αμπντενούρ
Σε παθητικό ρόλο στο δεύτερο μέρος η Ατλέτικο. Δεν έχει απειλήσει την εστία του Μπουφόν.
ΓΚΟΛ για την Ρεάλ με τον Αρμπελόα στο 80′
ΓΚΟΛ και για την Λίβερπουλ με τον Τζέραρντ στο 81′
83′ Απειλεί η Γιουβέντους με τον Πογμπά, η μπάλα άουτ.
ΓΚΟΛ για την Άντερλεχτ στο 84′ με τον Μίτροβιτς

Περίπου στο 60′

Γιουβέντους – Ατλέτικο Μαδρίτης 0-0
Λίβερπουλ – Βασιλεία 0-1 (25’ Φράι)
Μπενφίκα – Μπάγερ Λεβερκούζεν 0-0
Ρεάλ Μαδρίτης – Λουντογκόρετς 2-0 (20’ πεν. Ρονάλντο, 38’ Μπέιλ)
Μονακό – Ζενίτ 0-0
Ντόρτμουντ – Άντερλεχτ 1-0 (58’ Ιμόμπιλε)
Γαλατάσαραϊ – Άρσεναλ 0-3 (3’ Ποντόλσκι, 11’, 29’ Ράμσεϊ)

Αποτελέσματα ημιχρόνου

Γιουβέντους – Ατλέτικο Μαδρίτης 0-0
Λίβερπουλ – Βασιλεία 0-1 (25’ Φράι)
Μπενφίκα – Μπάγερ Λεβερκούζεν 0-0
Ρεάλ Μαδρίτης – Λουντογκόρετς 2-0 (20’ πεν. Ρονάλντο, 38’ Μπέιλ)
Μονακό – Ζενίτ 0-0
Ντόρτμουντ – Άντερλεχτ 0-0
Γαλατάσαραϊ – Άρσεναλ 0-3 (3’ Ποντόλσκι, 11’, 29’ Ράμσεϊ)
Οι βαθμολογίες στους ομίλους 1-4

1ος όμιλος

1. Ατλέτικο 12
2. Γιουβέντους 9
3. Ολυμπιακός 6
4. Μάλμε 3

2ος όμιλος

1. Ρεάλ 15
2. Βασιλεία 6
3. Λίβερπουλ 4
4. Λουντογκόρετς 4

3ος όμιλος

1. Λεβερκούζεν 9
2. Μονακό 8
3. Ζενίτ 7
4. Μπενφίκα 4

4ος όμιλος

1. Ντόρτμουντ 12
2. Άρσεναλ 10
3. Άντερλεχτ 5
4. Γαλατάσαραϊ 1
Πηγή:madata.gr

Melbourne:Oakleigh, South Melbourne to open season

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Greek Australian NPL fans are in for a treat as two Greek giants go head to head in the NPLV 2015 season opener.

Greek fans couldn’t have asked for a better NPL season this year as four Greek sponsored clubs dominated the league. Now it seems the FFV is banking on that fandom to flock to the new season by booking champions South Melbourne and runners up Oakleigh Cannons to play the opening match of the 2015 season.

The blockbuster grudge match scheduled for February 19 at Lakeside Stadium will see thousands of Greek Australians head down to seek some validation that their team deserves their support once again.

One person who’s a little bit miffed at the fixture is Oakleigh Cannons’ head coach, Miron Bleiberg.
He understands the FFV’s reasoning, but says if he could have it his way, the Cannons would be playing South Melbourne later on in the season.

“As a coach I would like to think it would be better to play them after a few rounds because then I learn about them and I can adjust,” he tells Neos Kosmos.

“If I know more about the opposition, it gives me an advantage tactically on how to play them, because now we’re going for the unknown.”

But playing in front of thousands is quite a highlight for Miron and his players.

“We’re in a performance-based industry, all the players would like to play in front of 10,000 people, not 300 people,” he says.

FFA Cup semi-finalists Bentleigh Greens will be welcomed back with a game against newly promoted team North Geelong.

Thrown into the unknown, the Greens will at least be hosting fans back at Kingston Heath, just months after their stands were at capacity against Perth Glory.

Heidelberg will also host their fans at Olympic Village as they take on Pascoe Vale in their first match.

Port Melbourne Sharks and Northcote city will travel to meet Hume City and Green Gully respectively in their opening matches.

This time, the NPLV will have 14 clubs contesting the title and will see the return of the finals series, something that has coaches ecstatic.

The NPL finals for the top six teams will start on August 28-30 and conclude on September 13.
There will also be several fixtures which will be played on ANZAC Day.

With the added teams, fixtures will be scheduled on Thursdays and end on Mondays.

“I’m happy that our NPL is 14 teams now, other states only have 12 teams so it means more games,” Bleiberg admits.

Buoyed by the popularity of the FFA Cup and the impending AFC Asian Cup next year, the FFV will be expecting a surge in interest, hoping to bring more people over to supporting grassroots football.

With the new NPL1 structure splitting into two areas, the FFV is extending its reach and introducing some new teams.

NPL 1 East and NPL 1 West will make way for Eastern Lions, Moreland City, Nunawading City, Murray United, Melbourne Victory (youth) and Melbourne City (youth) to join the ranks.

source: Neos Kosmos

Melbourne: The Cyprus we left behind

The Cyprus we left behind

This is Michaelis Georgios Pavlides, who was born in 1887 in the village of Kornos, Larnaca. A man ahead of his time he dreamed of life outside of the village and at the tender age of 13 he sold a goat and bought himself passage to Cairo in Egypt. He trained as a barber and left Cairo for Argentina to join his older brother. The two brothers then travelled to Pennsylvania, USA and remained there for several years.

Artist Con Emmanuelle presents an exhibition about Cyprus before 1950, inspired by the stories of his compatriots in Australia.

“Old photos, possibly taken over 80 years ago, hide in their ‘scars’ the story of Cyprus. Our story. These photos we can literally touch.”

This is the message artist Con Emmanuelle wants to put across, with his uniquely vibrant and emotionally charged exhibition, entitled ‘Tales of Cyprus’.

The vintage photographs, video testimonies, posters and paintings exhibited show a Cyprus before 1950. That very Cyprus is what Con’s family and friends left behind to migrate to Australia.

The idea that instigated the project hit him while he was walking in a shopping centre and stumbled upon a family. They were all devouring their junk food silently while scrolling down on their mobile phones, almost cut off from the outside world – estranged even from one another. As he was observing the family he began to wonder what ever happened to the authenticity and spontaneity of human relationships? He started thinking about the life span of all these digital memories which get ‘buried’ under the constant status updates of our timeline. Thousands of photos can be stored in the memory of a mobile phone, yet they can be erased with a single touch.

“That scene in the food court had a profound impact on me,” he tells Neos Kosmos.

“Later that day I went to visit my father and told him about my food court experience. ‘E bellanen o kosmos’ (the world’s gone mad) my father muttered to me. My father and I then spoke for over an hour comparing the past to the present. A week later I returned to interview and record my father’s stories and memories of Cyprus. An idea had formed in my head.”

Con started going through the story of his own family. His work started as an individual journey but soon it turned into one of the most important documents on the history of Cyprus before 1950, and the Greek Cypriots of the diaspora.

The artist documented his parents’, relatives’ and friends’ stories on video. Then he managed to collect numerous vintage original photographs of the period prior to 1950, creating a file that provides information on the socioeconomic status of the Cypriots, the effect of migration on both the migrants and the Cypriots who stayed behind.

Con’s photographic file is a very important database on Cyprus’ cultural history. When he realized the importance of his research, he appealed to the Greek Cypriots of Australia, asking them to share their own migration stories, their own Cyprus, their own original photographs.

“As I travelled across Melbourne with my laptop and scanner I discovered that many families only had poor quality reproductions of any original photographs,” he reveals.

“When I asked about the originals, I was often greeted with reservations as to their whereabouts but sometimes an admission would be made that a sibling had taken them and was unwilling to share with others.

“My decision to bring my scanner to the homes of the diaspora was also a major factor in establishing trust. For example, the safety that their precious photos will not leave the family home.”

Many people were curious and perhaps understandably cautious when Con requested to scan their originals. Once he explained that he was planning to showcase the beauty of the photography in his exhibition as well as develop an archive of images for future generations to enjoy, the families were more than happy to share their precious photos.

‘Tales of Cyprus’ is also a story of migration; a story of how the Cypriot diaspora has managed to keep the customs and traditions of the past alive in a way their relatives back home are struggling to uphold and maintain.

“I came across several difficulties. Many original photos dating prior to 1950 were carelessly lost or thrown out by family members who did not recognise their worth or value. It was rare to find original photos taken before 1950. It would appear that photography was a luxury that most village folk could not afford or did not have access to,” says Con.

“People did not have the time or money or personal inclination to spend on photography. They were migrants. Especially in the northern part of Cyprus, original photos were left behind after the Turkish invasion of 1974.”

To Con, there is an obvious charm and beauty to be found amongst photographs that bare the scars, tears and scratches of time.

“Ever the coffee stains or burn marks add a distinctive quality,” he said.

“The hand-written messages found on the back of some of these photos added to their value.

“Even the way people are posed in these old photos with their proud expressions and finest attire suggests a higher degree of respect, importance and care was taken with this craft.”

Placed alongside the vintage photos are unique one-off paintings by Con.

The 12 paintings on display explore the traditions and cultural heritage of the island and feature some of the most beautiful landmarks and iconic symbols of Cyprus.

“Before I created my drawings depicting life in Cyprus, I spent a year exploring and experimenting with a variety of traditional media and techniques,” he says.

“I decided after much internal debate that the monochromatic tones of graphite would best express my depiction of a bygone era.”

To add to his drawings, Con also created tourism posters of the era, that acted as an enticement to would-be travellers to visit far away exotic locations during the first half of the 20th century. While the rest of the world was enjoying a vibrant influx of tourists, Cyprus remained relatively unknown to many people during this time.

“With this first series of poster art, I have attempted to invent a historical past that hopefully promotes Cyprus as a popular tourism destination,” Con says.

As he readies to launch the exhibition next week, Con is already thinking ahead.

“Firstly, I would like to create an archive of vintage photography to help preserve these rare and beautiful keepsakes,” he muses.

“Secondly, through my art, I would like to spread the message about how special the island of Cyprus was before 1950 during my parent’s childhood.”

He stressed that he would like to embark on a nationwide tour with ‘Tales of Cyprus’ to meet the Cypriot diaspora who live in other Australian towns and cities. Then, he would like to spend a year in Cyprus, travelling from village to village, interviewing the last remaining residents from his parents’ generation and scanning their old photos before they disappear.

“My ultimate goal will be to stage my ‘Tales of Cyprus’ event in the capital Nicosia in 2016. That is my goal”.

The exhibition will be held from 10-20 December and from 5-11 January at the Chapel off Chapel gallery, in Prahran, Melbourne.

For more information visit www.talesofcyprus.com

source: Neos Kosmos

Adelaide:Greek Festival on George Street

Greek Festival on George Street

Greek Festival on George Street

The festival this coming weekend brings the best of Greek culture, turning the busy road strip into an two-day Greek outdoor party.

The annual George Street Greek Festival will be held on George Street, Thebarton on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December, outside the church of St Nicholas. The festival brings the best of Greek culture, turning the busy road strip into an two-day Greek outdoor party.

For the fourth year in a row, the festival will host many Greek dance groups and live music by Acropolis Band on both days. This time, singer Kalliroy Kanavos from Melbourne will be performing at the event, accompanied by George Kirkopoulos on the clarinet. This is a free-entrance to all event.

When: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December 2014
Where: George Street, St Nicholas Church, Thebarton, South Australia

source: Neos Kosmos