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Germany enlists star football coach to mend ties with Greece

Germany has enlisted the help of much-loved football coach Otto Rehhagel -- who led Greece to victory at the Euro 2004 -- in a charm offensive on Athens aimed at improving frayed ties between the two countries. Many Greeks hold Germany responsible for the harsh austerity measures imposed since the onset of the economic crisis in 2010, while some Germans have expressed resentment over the Greek bailouts -- causing tensions between both nations.

AEK chief Dimitrelos arrested over club's unpaid taxes

By Graham Wood ATHENS (Reuters) - AEK Athens president Andreas Dimitrelos was arrested on Thursday over 170 million euros (145 million pounds) in taxes owed by the Greek top flight club, police said in a statement. They added that the 54-year-old Dimitrelos, who was taken into custody voluntarily, is due to testify before the public prosecutor on Friday.

Katidis banned for rest of Greek season for Nazi salute

By Graham Wood ATHENS (Reuters) - AEK Athens have suspended Giorgos Katidis for the rest of the season after the 20-year-old midfielder made a Nazi salute to fans during a game at the weekend. The former captain of his country's under-19 side had already been banned from all international teams for life by the Greek Football Federation (EPO) for making the gesture after scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 Super League victory over Veria on Saturday.

AEK's Katidis apologises for Nazi salute

ATHENS (Reuters) - AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis conceded the "stupidity" of his actions after he was given a life ban from all national teams by the Greek football federation on Sunday for making a Nazi salute to fans during a match. The 20-year-old, a former captain of Greece's Under-19 team, made the gesture in celebrating his winning goal in a 2-1 Super League victory over lowly Veria on Saturday. Katidis apologised and asked to be dropped from AEK's first team.

Football: Katidis banned for life for Nazi salute

Giorgos Katidis was on Sunday banned for life from playing for Greece for having given a Nazi salute during a game. The Greek football federation unanimously decided the sanction following an extraordinary general meeting on Sunday. The 20-year-old midfielder scored the winning goal in AEK Athens's 2-1 Super League victory over Veria on Saturday but celebrated it in controversial fashion in front of spectators at the Olympic Stadium.

Greek soccer federation bans player over Nazi salute

ATHENS (Reuters) - AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis was handed a life ban from all national teams by Greece's football federation EPO on Sunday after he appeared to give a Nazi salute to supporters during a match. Katidis, 20, a former captain of Greece's under-19 team, made the alleged salute in celebrating his winning goal in a 2-1 Super League victory over lowly Veria late on Saturday.

Football: Olympiakos lift Greek crown

Olympiakos clinched the Greek league title on Sunday following a 3-0 win over AEK Athens. The win left Olympiakos 16 points clear of nearest rivals Asteras Tripolis with only five matches remaining of a campaign in which they have only once tasted defeat. Greek international Avraam Papadopoulos scored in either half and Algerian Djamel Abdoun scored the other goal as Olympiakos romped to victory on what was the club's 88th birthday.

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Olympiakos seal 40th Greek title

(Adds details, quotes, byline) By Graham Wood ATHENS, March 10 (Reuters) - Olympiakos Piraeus clinched their 40th Super League title in impressive fashion with a 3-0 derby victory over AEK Athens at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium on Sunday. Two goals from Greece defender Avraam Papadopoulos and one from Algerian winger Djamel Abdoun enabled Olympiakos to overpower AEK and seal the Super League title as the Reds hold a 16-point lead over Asteras Tripolis with five matches left.

Soccer-AEK defender Arkoudas gets one-year doping ban

ATHENS, Feb 28 (Reuters) - AEK Athens defender Christos Arkoudas has been banned from playing for one year after testing positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine, the Greek Super League said on Thursday. Greece's anti-doping control body (ESKAN) revealed earlier this month that the 22-year-old had failed a routine test following the match against OFI Crete on Jan. 26. Arkoudas exercised his right to appeal against the decision and be retested but the Super League confirmed the one-year suspension.

Soccer-Olympiakos banish European woes with win over Aris

By Graham Wood ATHENS, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Olympiakos Piraeus put their Europa League disappointments firmly behind them on Sunday with a 2-1 home victory over Aris Salonica which tightened their grip on the Super League title. Michel's team, who were dumped out of the Europa League last 32 by Levante 4-0 on aggregate on Thursday, had too much quality for second bottom Aris as goals from Rafik Djebbour and Giannis Maniatis sealed a deserved win for the Greek champions.
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