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Football: Greece names squad for World Cup qualifiers

Greece coach Fernando Santos on Friday named a 24-man squad for next month's 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Liechtenstein on September 6 and Latvia four days later. The Greeks currently sit second in qualifying Group G with 13 points from six matches. Bosnia-Herzegovina top the group with 16 points. Santos gave a first call-up in five years to 31-year-old Atromitos striker Dimitris Papadopoulos.

Football: Burns to play for Jets on loan from Korea

One-time Australian international Nathan Burns has signed a loan deal to play with the Newcastle Jets for part of the new A-League season, the club said on Thursday. His loan deal from South Korea's Incheon United will commence on September 1 following the conclusion of the K-League regular season and end on January 11 next year when he is scheduled to return to his Korean club, the Jets said. Burns, 25, played the first two A-League seasons with Adelaide before being signed by Greek giants AEK Athens in 2008. After four seasons at AEK Athens, Burns moved Incheon in 2012.

Football: Berg signs four-year deal with Panathinaikos

Swedish international striker Marcus Berg has joined Panathinaikos from Hamburg for an undisclosed fee, the Greek Super League club announced Monday. Berg has inked a four-year contract with the Athens club and will reportedly receive an annual salary of 400,000 euros ($515,000). The 27-year-old has scored six goals in 23 appearances for the Swedish national team. Meanwhile, OFI Crete have brought in twice-capped Portuguese goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes, 29, on a one-year loan deal from Dutch side Twente. le/mw/ps

Football: PAOK sign Spyropoulos and Lucas Perez - club

PAOK announced Saturday the signature of Greek international defender Nikos Spyropoulos and Spanish midfielder Lucas Perez. An announcement by the Thessaloniki team on its Twitter account said 29-year-old Spyropoulos will join the team for training in Austria on Monday, without giving details of the player's contract. Greek international Spyropoulos played at Chievo last season, where he had moved from domestic giants Panathinaikos. PAOK also announced an agreement with Karpaty Lviv to purchase 24-year-old Perez, who had six months remaining on his contract.

Football: Sifakis joins Atromitos

Greece international goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis has signed a one-year contract with Atromitos, the Greek Super League club announced Wednesday. Sifakis, 28, was on a similar one-year contract with Belgian club Charleroi last season, when he played 10 league games. The 'keeper, who has represented his country 15 times since 2005, previously played for Aris (2008-2012), Olympiakos (2007-2008) and OFI (2002-2007). le/ps

Football: UEFA Cup winning coach Stevens takes over at PAOK

Greek Super League club PAOK unveiled its' new coach on Tuesday experienced Dutchman Huub Stevens. The 59-year-old - a former Dutch international defender - guided German club Schalke 04 to success in the UEFA Cup (it is now the Europa League) in 1997 and two German Cup triumphs in a successful first spell. However, his second term there lasted only just over a year, he was sacked in December 2012, and was his last coaching post before PAOK hired him on a two year contract.

Football: Panathinaikos seek to overide UEFA decision

Panathinaikos announced Thursday that they will seek a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reversal of a UEFA decision not allowing them to play in the Europa Cup next season. The UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) earlier Thursday decided not to allow the Athens club to play in European competition as they did not fulfil the conditions set out by the CFCB.

Relegated AEK Athens fail in appeal bid

By Graham Wood ATHENS (Reuters) - An appeal by AEK Athens to have their punishment for crowd violence overturned failed on Thursday as the Greek Football Federation (EPO) upheld the Greek Super League sanction that led to the club's relegation. AEK, who dropped from the top flight last week, were docked three points from this season and fined 4,000 euros after the April 14 match at home to Panthrakikos was abandoned when home fans chased both sets of players off the pitch.

Anastasiou agrees to take over at Panathinaikos

By Graham Wood ATHENS (Reuters) - Panathinaikos will appoint former assistant boss Giannis Anastasiou as their coach for next season as the Greek Super League club try to recover from a shock sixth-place finish this term. The 40-year-old former Greece international will replace Giannis Vonortas, who will return to his duties coaching the academy youth side after taking over in a caretaker role for the final few weeks of the season.

Football: AEK relegated for first time in 89 years

AEK Athens were relegated for the first time in their 89-year history on Sunday when a goal three minutes into injury time by Kostas Giannoulis led Atromitos to a 1-0 victory. As a result, the appeal by the team against the decision by the Super League's disciplinary committee to dock three points because of crowd violence at a previous match will have no meaning. AEK had to win against Atromitos in order to avoid relegation to Football League, the country's second division.
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