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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-04-03

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  • [01] A World in Mourning
  • [02] The Victim is Alive!
  • [03] In Fanari About Jerusalem
  • [04] Withdrawal Nearing Completion
  • [05] "Chrisopiyi is Striking Me"
  • [06] Bronze and Silver for Kreanga
  • [07] Back to the Top
  • [08] Pourliotopoulos Burns PAO
  • [09] Machlas Saves the Day
  • [10] The Great Turnaround
  • [11] Blue and Red Tornado
  • [12] European Victory for Egaleo
  • [13] Artas President Commits Suicide

  • [01] Funeral on Wednesday or Thursday A World in Mourning

    03 Apr 2005 20:00:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Catholics from every corner of the planet are paying tribute to Pope John Paul II, who breathed his last on Saturday, while political and religious leaders conveyed their condolences. The Popes body, dressed in a crimson robe and a white mitre, was laid out in the Vatican palaces Clementine Hall and on Monday it will be taken to St Peters Basilica for a public viewing, while his funeral will take place either on Wednesday or Thursday. In the meantime, preparations for the election of the new Pope are underway, while dozens of Cardinals, as well as worshippers from all over the world, are arriving in Rome for the ceremony in Sistine Chapel. The key figure in the whole process is Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who will call the Conclave in 20 days, as dean of the College of Cardinals.

    Final Farewell

    Millions of grieving Catholics, honourable statements by political and religious leaders, national mourning and flags flown at half mast. With tears in their eyes, tens of thousands of faithful from all over the world are praying to God to rest John Paul IIs soul.

    The Vatican declared nine days of mourning, while in Italy, all flags are flown at half mast. Emotions are also running high in Poland, the late Popes birthplace, where thousands of people are praying in churches all over the country. The national mourning period will last until the Pontiffs funeral, while all flags will fly at half mast until 9 April.

    Worshippers worldwide unite in prayer. Paraguay declared five days of national mourning, Costa Rica four and Italy, Portugal, Chile, Bolivia and Cuba three. Finally, Spain and Peru declared a one-day national mourning.

    Holding candles, faithful from Brazil, the Philippines, South Africa, Germany, Indonesia, Australia, Afghanistan and Iraq are gathering in churches and squares, paying homage to the late Pope.

    Catholics all over Greece, flocked to their churches to light candles in memory of the Pontiff. The flag on the Vatican Embassy is flying at half mast, while on the day of the Popes funeral, a memorial service will take place in the Agios Dionysios Catholic Cathedral.

    The Pope will be laid to rest in St Peters vault on either Wednesday or Thursday. Approximately two million pilgrims are expected to travel to Rome for the funeral, while authorities are on alert in an effort to facilitate the transportation and accommodation of the crowds, which have already started pouring in to the Italian capital.

    Electing the Successor

    And while Catholics are grieving and preparations for the Popes funeral are underway, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has called the 120 Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church for the Conclave to elect the new head of their Church.

    According to tradition, Conclave has to take place within 20 days in the Sistine Chapel, while none of the Cardinals may exit the place until a Pope has been elected.

    A two-third majority is needed to elect a new Pontiff. Once a Cardinal has received the required number of votes, the Dean of the College of Cardinals announces the decision to him and asks him if he accepts election. On giving assent, the Cardinal immediately becomes Pontifex Maximus, the Holy Roman Pontiff and sits on the Sistine Chapel throne, where he receives the other Cardinals.

    Initially, the rest of the world learns that a Pontiff has been elected through a very traditional way. If a new Pope has been elected, the ballot papers are burned with chemicals to give white smoke. Otherwise, they give off black smoke, so that the waiting crowds, and the world, know whether their new Holy Father will soon emerge from the Sistine Chapel.

    Following this, the Dean of the College of Cardinals then steps onto the main balcony of the Vatican and declares to the World: Habemus Papam! ("We have a Pope!") and His Holiness then appears on the Balcony and delivers his Apostolic Blessing to the waiting World.

    Thirteen Contenders

    Although any talk of possible successors is forbidden until the burial of the late Pope, rumours and scenarios have already started to spread within the Vatican, while it all points to the fact that the battle will be between the Italians and the Latin Americans.

    Guessing as to who will be the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church can be quite risky. Anyhow, John Paul II was considered an outsider and his election came very much as a surprise. However, thirteen Cardinals are believed to be among the favourites.

    The likely contenders in Europe are: Angelo Scola, Giovanni Battista Re and Dionigi Tettamanzi from Italy, Godfried Danneels from Belgium, Christoph Schoenborn from Austria, and Joseph Ratzinger from Germany.

    Although many are claiming that the Holy See will return to an Italian, others strongly believe that the new Pope will not be European, casting their eyes towards Latin America.

    So the possible candidates from that corner of the world are: Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina, Dario Castrillon Hoyos from Colombia, Claudio Hummes from Brazil, Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez from the Dominican Republic and Oscar Andres Rodiguez Maradiaga from Honduras.

    Finally, based on the arguments that 65% of all Catholics live in Africa, Asia and Latin America, Francis Arinze from Nigeria and Ivan Dias from India are both considered likely successors.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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    [02] The Victim is Alive!

    03 Apr 2005 18:08:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Is it possible to release a convicted felon? As it turns out, it is. Argentinean Ruben Dario Ovejero from Tucuman had been arrested and convicted in 2003 for the murder of another man from the same town, Pedro Roldan. Although the defendant kept insisting he was innocent, the judge was not convinced and sent him to prison. But the victim tuned up alive! Specifically, Ovejeros sister spotted Roldan walking the streets, alive and drunk. "I grabbed him by the ears and told him my brother was in prison," said the sister. So, the supposed victim rushed to the police to set the record straight. The authorities were then convinced of Ovejeros innocence and ordered his release, since Roldan explained that he had moved to another town is search of a job and was not aware of the fact that he was considered murdered.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [03] Meeting between Bartholomew and Skandalakis In Fanari About Jerusalem

    03 Apr 2005 15:52:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Sources: NET, Ethnos, Apogevmatini

    The possibilities of an ecclesiastical intervention to handle the situation in Jerusalem were discussed in Fanari between the Ecumenical Patriarch and the deputy foreign minister, Panagiotis Skandalakis. "The situation that has arisen recently in the Patriarchy of Jerusalem has demanded my presence in Istanbul and my meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch," stated Mr Skandalakis after the meeting, and he went on to conclude: "the Greek government supports all the Patriarchies, but it does not impose its opinions." Patriarch Bartholomew, as the highest ranking Orthodox leader, can convene a Synod at the request of the Synod of the Patriarchy of Jerusalem, in order to examine any misdemeanours on the part of Patriarch Eirinaios or ways out of the crisis. At the same time, in an interview to a Sunday newspaper, Patriarch Eirinaios repeated that there is no question of his resigning, and that Vavilis was sent to the Patriarchy by Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens.

    "I will Not Resign"

    In the meantime, tensions ran high in Jerusalem, when Arab faithful jeered Patriarch Eirinaios during Sunday Mass.

    Speaking to Ethnos tis Kiriakis newspaper, the Patriarch of Jerusalem rejected allegations that he sold Patriarchal real estate to Israeli businessmen and ruled out the possibility of resigning. "I would be na&#239;ve to betray the Holy Sepulchre," stated Patriarch Eirinaios, and blamed the accusations on personal interests of certain people, including church fathers.

    At the same time, Patriarch Eirinaios once again connected Archbishop Christodoulos with Apostolos Vavilis. "I was sent Vavilis by Athens, by the Archbishop," stressed the Patriarch of Jerusalem, noting that the man with the thousand faces never gave him rights or knew his nature.

    At the same time, the agreement signed in Jerusalem on 17 August 2004 by the representative of the Israeli Ministry of Defence and by Nikos Papadimas of the Patriarchy of Jerusalem was published by the newspaper Apogevmatini tis Kiriakis . The agreement regards the sale of lands in Jerusalem in order to build a security wall, which brought 156,000 euros.

    However, in his interview, Patriarch Eirinaios claims that he never signed or empowered the sale of Patriarchal real estate and he accused the arch-secretary of not acting properly.

    Translated by Millie Williams

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    [04] Of Syrian troops from the Lebanon Withdrawal Nearing Completion

    03 Apr 2005 15:02:00

    By Despina Hristopoulou

    Sources: NET 105.8, ANA, BBC

    By 30 April, the withdrawal of Syrian troops from the Lebanon will be completed, announced the special envoy of the UN Terje Roed-Larsen. During the joint Press Conference with the Syrian Foreign Minister in Damascus, Farouq al-Shara, Larsen stated that the Syrian minister had briefed him "on the full withdrawal from the Lebanon of military forces and intelligences services of Syria by 30 April." The UN official also announced that an agreement had been reached between the Syrian government and the United Nations on the implementation of Resolution 1559 of the UN Security Council, which calls for the withdrawal of foreign military forces from the Lebanon, while the Syrian government accepted that a UN team would be sent to confirm a full Syrian withdrawal from the Lebanon. For his part, the Syrian Foreign Minister stated that "withdrawing fully from the Lebanon, Syria will have fully implemented Resolution 1559 that regards it."

    Hariri's Murder Changes Situation

    In the meantime, the leader of the Lebanese military, General Michel Souleiman had talks with Syrian President Bashar al Assad in Damascus, although the contents of their discussion are not known.

    Calls for Syria to end its military presence in the Lebanon increased following the murder of former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri, last February. In fact, the Lebanese Opposition indirectly accused Syria of being behind the attack, although Damascus underlined that it was not in any way involved.

    In fact, foreign correspondents stress that no one expected the withdrawal to come so soon, but Hariris murder changed the situation.

    Translated by Millie Williams

    [05] Giosakis' interview "Chrisopiyi is Striking Me"

    03 Apr 2005 16:22:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Sources: Vima tis Kiriakis

    An attack on Chrisopiyi was launched from prison in an interview to newspaper Vima tis Kiriakis by Iakovos Giosakis. "I was not one of them, I was not a member of Chrisopiyi. Personally, I have never had any contact with them," he stressed and blamed the Metropolitan Bishops of Piraeus and Aigaleia because he was not appointed secretary of the Committee of Law of the Church of Greece. At the same time, he denied that Metropolitan Bishop Theoklitos had resigned because he had recommended him to the Archbishop. "If I had been recommended by Theoklitos, I was not granted any position within the Church, or at least, I did not have the chance to," he said. He also categorically rejected allegations that he bribed judges and expressed the certainty that he would be acquitted.

    No Relation with Extrajudicial Gang

    Iakovos Giosakis categorically denied involvement in the extrajudicial gang and stated that in all the judicial cases he had been involved in, these had to do with slander and "never regarded objects of economic interest."

    At the same time, he explained that the sole intervention of interrogator Antonia Ilia concerned the case of monk Khloponin, in which case he simply pleaded with the interrogator to regard the cleric "kindly" owing to his disability, which was caused by an accident.

    "In no way did I indicate the amount of the compensation to the interrogator. I cannot understand why a cleric, an archimandrite, a metropolitan bishop, etc, is not in a position to have friendly or very close relations with justice workers of any level. It is entirely illogical and hypocritical, I would say, to believe that judges or clerics are anti-social people and owing to their positions are committed to developing friendly or social relations," he stated.

    Finally, he rejected reports of 15 suspect deposits to his bank account and declared himself to be optimistic of being acquitted, concluding "woe to those people who proceed in the dark."

    Translated by Millie Williams

    [06] Bronze and Silver for Kreanga

    03 Apr 2005 16:56:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    Greek Kallinikos Kreanga won a bronze medal in mens singles, during the European Table Tennis championship in Aarhus, Denmark. Kreanga was beaten in the semis by Vladimir Samsonov from Belarus (No 2 in Europe) with a score of 4-2 (9-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-3, 11-2, 11-4) and therefore had to share third place with Croatian Zoran Primorac. A little while later, Kreanga, along with Samsonov, were defeated in the final of the mens doubles by Austrians Karl Jindrak and Werner Schlager, considered two of the best doubles players, with a score of 4-2 (6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-3, 8-11, 11-8), taking the silver medal. This was the 10th medal Kallinikos Kreanga added to his collection, on a European level.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [07] Back to the Top

    03 Apr 2005 22:02:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    Although Olympiacos gave its fans, who returned to Karaiskakis Stadium after nearly a two-month absence, a scare, it eventually managed to defeat Ionikos by 2-1, with two goals that came during a two-minute frenzy. Ionikos led in the score from the 22, with a goal by Gutman, while Bajevics players kept missing one opportunity after the other. In the second half, following the substitution of Giovanni for Castillo and the entrance of Rivaldo, the Uruguayan tied the score in the 49, while Djordjevic gave Olympiacos the lead in the 51, making the final score 2-1.

    Cold Shower

    The game started off with Olympiacos taking all the initiatives and playing better, however, Vangelis Vlachos players kept the pressure on, leaving little room for their opponents to achieve anything worthwhile. Up until the first 15-minute mark, Olympiacos supremacy proved useless, but that was only part of the problem. In the 22, Gutman broke off the centre and, following a moment when the home team was asking for a foul by Natsouras, he kept going, kicking a goal in Nikopolidis nets and taking the lead. From that point onwards, the game moved to Ionikos side of the pitch. Olympiacos was on the offence, missing many, unbelievable opportunities to score, mainly due to the fact that Ionikos was playing defensively, as well as because of the bad final choices by the home team. In the 44, Djordjevic came close to scoring, but took one step too many and sent the ball wide.

    Refreshed after the Break

    Following the break, Dusan Bajevic decided to make two substitution, probably for the first time in many years. So, Olympiacos entered the pitch in the second half with Castillo replacing Giovanni and Rivaldo Vallas, which proved to be wise choices by the coach just five minutes later. In the 49, Castillo came from the right, reached the outer line and kicked the ball beautifully, scoring a great goal and leaving Beqaz unable to react. The Uruguayans goal also broke the ice for Olympiacos, since it managed to scored yet again in just two minutes. This time it was team captain Djordjevic who kicked the goal, sending the fans to seventh heaven. Nothing changed from then onwards, although Olympiacos did slow down a bit and Ionikos tried to equalize the score, but in vain.

    Referee: Mazarakos (Arta) Yellow Cards: Mavrogenidis King, Lettieri, Natsouras, Gutman

    OLYMPIACOS: Nikopolidis, Mavrogenidis, Anatolakis, Vallas (46 Rivaldo), Kostoulas, Stoltidis, Georgatos, Maric, Djordjevic, Giovanni (46 Castillo), Okkas (85 Taralidis).

    IONIKOS: Beqaz, Ofridopoulos (46 Vourexakis), King (66 Diamantis), Tsimblidis (56 Rokkas), Coimbra, Makor, Gutman, Lettieri, Issa, Ucar, Natsouras.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [08] Pourliotopoulos Burns PAO

    03 Apr 2005 21:42:00

    By Dimitris Alexopoulos

    Undying hero Vangelis Pourliotopoulos proved invaluable in the match against reigning champion Panathinaikos, giving Aris a point for the tie. The visitors goalkeeper not only saved a penalty by Gekas in the 28 (which he had originally instigated), but with multiple successful blocks, he managed to keep his nets goalless, practically playing against Panathinaikos on his own. On the other hand, following its draw against Iraklis, the home team lost two valuable points and will now have to face Olympiacos next week without having the luxury of losing any points, if it hopes for another title.

    Tight Defense

    Panathinaikos entered the pitch somewhat relaxed and were threatened early on in the 9, when Ekwuemes kick went wide. Malezanis players answered back in the 17, however, Konstantinous kick was saved by Pourliotopoulos. Panathinaikos missed another great opportunity in the 27, when Pourliotopoulos cleared away Goumas header.

    A minute later, Aris goalkeeper could not hold on to the ball, knocking over Charalambidis. As a result the referee awarded Panathinaikos a penalty. However, he took his revenge, as he managed to clear away Gekas penalty kick, successfully defending his nets. The missed goal affected Panathinaikos, which was unable to score until the end of the first half, although it did come close in the 36, when Wooters header went wide, and during the added time, when Charalambidis header was once again cleared away by Pourliotopoulos.

    Malezani substituted Gekas, who was clearly affected after missing the penalty, for Olisadebe, while a little later Sanmartean also entered the pitch. But Panathianikos continued to play all over the place, making many errors. Aris, on the other hand, kept pressuring in the defence, without being particularly threatened.

    And whenever the going got tough, Vangelis Pourliotopoulos was always present (58 free kick by Wooter, 70 header by Goumas and 79 kick by Sanmartean), saving the day and justifiably becoming the star of the game. With the signs of stress obvious, Panathinaikos players were dragging their feet towards the end, unable to create any opportunities during the last 15 minutes and throwing away two very valuable points.

    Referee: Kakos (Kerkyra) Yellow Cards: Wooter, Morris - Kallimanis

    PANATHINAIKOS: Galinovic, Morris, Konstantinidis, Kotsios, Goumas, Basinas, Gonzalez, Gekas (46 Olisadebe), Charalambidis, Wooter (59 Sanmartean), Konstantinou (76 Papadopoulos).

    ARIS: Pourlotiopoulos, Gogolos, Murawski, Papadopoulos, Passalis, Lazanas (52 Kouemaha), Vangeli, Kallimanis, Koltsidas, Ekwueme (82 Markomichalis), Inogi (87 Abelas).

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [09] Machlas Saves the Day

    03 Apr 2005 21:05:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    Although the matches between OFI and Ergotelis are often called the battle of Crete, todays battle in Pankritio Stadium did not prove that tough, just like the first round match in Gedi Koule Stadium. The game resembled a celebration, as is usually the case in every game hosted in Cretes ultra modern stadium, while both teams entered the pitch aiming to play well. Just in the 6, Nwafor missed the games first opportunity, since, although he went past Chaniotakis, Economakis cleared the ball on the line. The home team tried to respond in the 14 with Ogunsoto and in the 36 with Ando, but Sifakis easily defended his nets in both cases.

    Slower Pace, Improvement for OFI

    The pace of the match slowed down in the second half. However, Ergotelis missed yet another opportunity to score in the 77, when Ogunsotos header went over Sifakis crossbar. Two minutes later, the equilibrium of the game was affected, when Hadjiadrian was shown a yellow-red card by referee Kalopoulos, leaving OFI with 10 players for the last 15 minutes of the match. Following this development, Giannis Chatzinikolaous players drew back, aiming to battle it out with Ergotelis through counterattacks. In one of those, and just two minutes before the final whistle, Davidson came in from the right and centred the ball to Nikos Machlas, who easily kicked the goal, making the score 0-1 and himself reaching 11 goals this season.

    Referee: Kalopoulos (Thessaloniki) Yellow Cards: Stavrakakis, Hadjiadrian Red Cards: Hadjiadrian (79)

    ERGOTELIS: Chaniotakis, Economakis, Argyrakis, Filekovic (32 Dimitris), Sylla, Soutzis, Spyridakis, Schlichting, Ogunsoto, Ando, Mazibuko (46 Voskaridis).

    OFI: Sifakis, Belevonis (69 Koutsoures), Stavrakis (45 Dentsas), Kolitsidakis, Machlas, Nwafor, Anastasiadis, Tomach, Hadjiadrian, Pitsos (62 Dejanov), Davidson.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [10] The Great Turnaround

    03 Apr 2005 19:29:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    The match between Apollo Kalamaria and Kallithea offered some great moments of excitement. While the home team had started celebrating one of their most important victories this season, the visitors achieved the great turnaround and took the three points with a score of 2-1. During the uneventful first half, it was the home team that made more of an impression, since they missed the only opportunity in the 5, when Petkakis header off Cleytons corner kick hit the post. Following this, in the 7 and 18, Alexandris and Tsigas respectively both missed opportunities to score, ending the first half with 0-0.

    Owing to Alexandris

    Apollo eventually managed to score in the 54, when Parmaxidis passed to Pappas, who sent the ball to the nets, making the score 1-0. However, this proved to be the beginning of the end for the home team, since following the goal, they drew back, while the visitors took control of the game. This was also helped along by Lemonis substitutions. So, at the 90-minute mark, and while the home team believed they had achieved a great victory, Alexandris decided it was time to turn the game around. He kicked to Karatziovalis from the penalty area, who in turn tied the score at 1 all. And while Apollos players were trying to recover from the shock, Alexandris once again passed to Petkovic, who kicked a second goal in two minutes, making the score 1-2.

    Referee: Douros (Corinth) Yellow Cards: Vokolos, Nikolopoulos, Petkovic

    APOLLO KALAMARIA: Karatziovalis, Petkakis, NA Papadopoulos, NH Papadopoulos, Vella Junior, Iliadis, Parmaxidis, Cleyton (82 Nikolopoulos), Pappas (69 Spyropoulos), Musawi.

    KALLITHEA: Souloganis, Tzorbatzakis, Koulakiotis, Georgiev (76 Petkovic), Kyriakos (63 Telkinski), Vokolos, Dragicevic, Karatzas (69 Koutsospyros), Tsigas, Alexandris, Savvidis.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [11] Blue and Red Tornado

    03 Apr 2005 18:58:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    When a team like Kerkyra is awarded a penalty against Panionios, the last thing it should do is miss. In the 44, Gitas had the unique opportunity to open the score from the penalty line, but his dismal kick was easy game for goalkeeper Strakosha. This was probably the highlight of Kerkyras game, because from then onwards the scales tipped in favour of Panionios, since Kerkyra missed its golden opportunity and the team from Nea Smyrni reawakened, entering the second half determined to win. In the 50, Breska missed a goal, but two minutes later, he passed beautifully to Nalitzis, who did not miss opposite Gitkos, giving Panionios the lead. Breska proved to be the star of Panionios, though, since he was the instigator of the teams second goal as well. In the 55, he kicked to Kiassos, who once again scored successfully, doubling his teams goals.

    Total Ambush

    The crescendo started in the 52 and by the 60 it was all over, with amazing results for Giorgos Vazakas team. The third goal for Panionios was owed to Kerkyras utter confusion. Sfakianakis, in an effort to clear the ball following a centre kick by Goundoulakis, sent it to the nets, scoring an own goal. The only thing the home team managed to do was close the gap in the 64, losing all hope of scoring anything more. Gimbro made a centre kick and Ioannou headed the ball to the nets, making the score 3-1. And since everything was taking place in record speeds, Da Silva managed to collect two yellow cards in six minutes, leaving Kerkyra to play with 10 men from the 75 onwards. With this victory, Panionios has also kept its hopes alive for a spot in the rankings that could lead to the UEFA Cup, while on the other hand, Kerkyra is heading for relegation.

    Referee: Terovitsas Yellow Cards: Ioannou, Da Silva, Maniatis Red Cards: Da Silva (Yellow-Red)

    KERKYRA: Gitkos, Syros, Sfakianakis, Petras, Georgiou, Da Silva, Boughanem, Gitas (70 Ribeiro), Gimbro, Ioannou

    PANIONIOS: Strakosha, Smiljanic, Vlcek, Galanopoulos, Maniatis, Zimonjic (74 Exouzidis), Makos, Messaros (46 Goundoulakis), Kiassos, Nalitzis, Breska.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [12] European Victory for Egaleo

    03 Apr 2005 18:45:00

    By Dimitris Alexopoulos

    In an average to bad game, Egaleo, playing somewhat better, managed a valuable win over Iraklis with a score of 1-0. At the same time, it increased its chances of qualifying for UEFA Cup next season. The only goal of the match was scored by the usual suspect, Giorgos Barkoglou, a little before the end of the first half.

    Nothing to Offer

    All those who decided to buy tickets for the match in Egaleo must be regretting it, since they could have done something better with their time.

    Egaleo and Iraklis managed to defame the sport, by playing badly for the whole 90 minutes.

    An excuse for the unimpressive performances could be the fact that the match was very crucial, since a victory for either team also signaled a great step towards qualifying for UEFA Cup.

    All 22 players mainly focused in the centre, while none of the teams even attempted to take control of the game.

    The only moment worth mentioning in the first half, apart from the goal, was a header by Psomas in the 37, which hit Abaris post.

    The second highlight came in the 45, when Agritis came in from the left and centered the ball to Barkoglou, who had no problems in giving Egaleo the lead. Nothing changed, as far as the performances were concerned, in the second half and so Dumitreskus players kept the golden, as it proved, lead.

    The only opportunity in the second half was in the 86, when Egaleos Nikolopoulos kicked for goal, but Abaris blocked the ball.

    Referee: Tsikinis (Messinia) Yellow Cards: Drougas

    EGALEO: Sidibe, Psomas, Alexopoulos, Amponsah (46 Papoutsis), Edusei, Aggos, Fotakis, Tsatsos, Barkoglou, Chloros (46 Manousakis), Agritis.

    IRAKLIS: Abaris, Seghiri, Snaucner, Katsabis, Drougas, Poursanidis, Ioannou (78 Kapetanos K), Epalle, Lagos, Bakircioglu, Fortuzi.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

    [13] Artas President Commits Suicide

    03 Apr 2005 16:40:00

    By Stathis Petropoulos

    The Chairman of Anagennisi Arta football team, Harilaos Maniotis ended his life. He was found dead at 04:14 this morning in his office in Kolonos. According to the police, it was suicide, committed due to economic problems, as in a note to his family and friends he explains the reasons for his action. The 42-year-old businessman had been injured in the temple by a pistol, and the weapon was found at his side.

    Translated by Millie Williams

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