GREECE edged out Great Britain in tight EuroBasket warm-up…

Our own UK Greeks/Cypriots fan-base whipping up an electrifying atmosphere…

In front of nearly 5,000 fans representing both teams, Greece pulled out a nail biter of a win with Britain showing a worldwide audience just what they can do, in an 84-88 defeat.

GB trailed 84-83 with 24 seconds remaining and stole the ball, but missed a shot and a free throw, with Greece’s four free throws sealing the game.

Dan Clark had 23 points to lead GB’s scoring, with Gabe Olaseni and Luke Nelson adding 20 and 13 points respectively.

The defeat is GB’s fifth in their warm-up games for next month’s EuroBasket finals.

On a four-game losing streak after a 72-68 behind-closed-doors loss on Friday to their visitors, GB looked eager to make a mark early but had to come from behind to share the first quarter 22-22.

Greece were missing four regulars, including NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo and two other starters, but their wealth of talent – almost the entire squad plays in the continent’s top league, the Euroleague – meant they were still tough opponents for head coach Joe Prunty’s team.

That showed in the second quarter as centre George Papagiannis, fed by classy point guard Kostas Sloukas, ignited a 10-0 run for a 32-25 lead before Gabe Olaseni and newcomer Luke Nelson brought GB back to lead briefly, 40-39 on Nelson’s assured three-pointer.

Down by two points at the break, GB slipped further behind before a storming 14-1 run, inspired by veteran Kieron Achara, brought GB a 65-59 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The return of Sloukas and increased defensive intensity gave the visitors an 11-0 start to the final quarter.

GB set up the chance of an unlikely win with a run of five unanswered point in the last two minutes, but Nelson’s drive and shot missed, and when Andrew Lawrence missed a free throw with six seconds remaining, Greece escaped to another win over their hosts.

Article written by London Greek Radio

The Champions League Play-off, the First-Leg, 15th August 2017

APOEL Nicosia 2-0 Slavia Praha
De Camargo 2
Aloneftis 10

The Champions League Play-offs, the First-Leg, 16th August 2017

Olympiacos 2-1 Rijeka
Odjidja 66           Héber 42
Romao 90+3

Article written by London Greek Radio

Mixed results for Greek & Cypriots clubs in Europa League Play-offs

The Play-offs first-leg results, August 17th, 2017

Apollon Limassol 3-2 Midtjylland

Kyriakou 15′                  Sørloth 38, 74
Jander 70′
Pittas 90+1′

Plzeň 3-1 AEK Larnaca

Bakoš 29, 74 (P)            Acorán 8

Kolář 36

PAOK Thessaloniki 3-1 Östersund

Léo Matos 38
Prijovic 77, 88 (P)         Nouri 21 (P)

Panathinaikos 2-3 Athletic

Lod 29                                Aritz Aduriz 68, 74 (P)     De Marcos 71
Cabezas 55

Club Brugge 0-0 AEK Athens

Article written by London Greek Radio

Our very own British Cypriot Andreas Komodikis made his debut for Cyprus Under-21’s squad friendly versus Moldova at the Zimbrou Stadium in Chișinău on Wednesday 9th August.

He is pictured above (’21’ bottom far-left) of Cyprus starting 11 team, to document his first ‘call-up’ since signing a three year deal with Cypriot First Division team ‘Doxa Katokopias’. Andreas Komodikis is a QPR youth product and began his football career with Omonia Youth and also represented a KOPA League youth representative team when they travelled to Cyprus and played against the Cyprus national side.

”What an experience it was… Absolute honour to be given my first international call up and above all to play for my country!”

The 19-year-old writing on his Twitter page explained how he felt following the end of the match. ”What an experience it was… Absolute honour to be given my first international call up and above all to play for my country! Despite the result, it was an unforgettable moment for myself, singing the national anthem and wearing the shirt!!”

The friendly test comes weeks before the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier which eventually starts for Cyprus in September with their first opponents Malta.

The Cypriot team performed well and despite creating a few good chances, they narrowly lost 2-1 thanks to an ‘own’ goal on 92nd minute.

Both teams enforced attacking football and looked intent to push forward in numbers, creating many chances the Cypriots could even have won on the basis of their solid chances created in the match.

The Moldovan side was in control of possession in the first 15 minutes, taking the game to the visitors. Cyprus gradually eased itself into the game, and indeed constantly improving throughout. This could have opened the scoring. The team had carved out two decent chances around the 20-30 minute mark, with Ioannis Pittas and Konstantinou Soteriou coming close. On the 45th minute, Nikolas Mattheou lost the best chance for the Cypriots. The Moldovan team through Alexandru Boiciuc fired the opening goal however on 46th minute to end the first-half, 1-0 up.

Cyprus equalised to make it 1-1 with a 66th minute goal by Marios Ilias after Ioannis Pittas and Nikolas Mattheou combined well to set-up the attacking play. The home side capitalised on an Andreas Karo ‘own goal’ to sneak a late winner at the 92nd minute.

The Cyprus Under-21 squad: Andreas Christodoulou, Andreas Karo, Christos Wheeler (80′ Kostas Pilea), Rafael Anastasiou (46′ Marios Andreou), Panayiotis Artymatas, Kyriacos Panayi (46′ Andreas Frangos), Constantinos Sotiriou, Georgios Christodoulou (86′ Sotiris Fiakas), Ioannis Pittas, Andreas Komodikis (46′ Marios Ilias), Nikolas Mattheou (67′ Antonis Koumis)

Here at London Greek Radio we would like to congratulate Andreas Komodikis for his Cypriot debut to the Under-21’s and we look forward to seeing his success in the future.

Article written by London Greek Radio

Another page of glory in her career and the history of the Greek sports was written on Sunday evening by Katerina Stefanidi, who won the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships and so she became the first Greek athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games, World Championship and European Championship.

Katerina Stefanidi secured the first place by jumping at 4.82m

The gold medalist of Rio secured the first place by jumping at 4.82m.

At the World Championships, she also showed her absolute dominance by continuing her efforts at 4.91m where she was again successful. This way she has again the best performance this year in the world. She also tried three times at 5.02m, but – this time – her efforts were not successful.

The gold medal will be awarded to the Greek World Champion on Monday at 18:10.

Article written by Proto Thema

The Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia have been handed a tie against Slavia Praha, in the Champions League Play-off draw for the upcoming Champions League 2017-2018 season.

APOEL, by far the most successful team in Cyprus in recent years, will be vying for their fourth appearance in the highly lucrative Champions League group stage against the second most successful club in the Czech Republic.

APOEL Nicosia (CYP) v Slavia Praha (CZE), 15th August 7:45 pm Kick-Off

Slavia Praha (CZE) v APOEL Nicosia (CYP), 23rd August, 7:45 pm Kick-Off

Meanwhile, reigning Greek champions Olympiacos are to face Croatian outfit Rijeka.

The Greek side has a long distinguished history of group stages activity and will be hoping to re-enter the competition proper.

Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) v Rijeka (CRO), 16th August, 7:45 PM, Kick-Off

Rijeka (CRO) v Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) 22nd August, 7:45 PM, Kick-Off

Article written by London Greek Radio

The ties will be played on 17th and 24th August. The 22 winners advance to the group stage, where they will join 16 automatic entrants and ten teams transferring from the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

Apollon Limassol (CYP) v Midtjylland (DEN)
Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v AEK Larnaca (CYP)

Club Brugge (BEL) v AEK Athens (GRE)
Panathinaikos (GRE) v Athletic Club (ESP)
PAOK (GRE) v Östersund (SWE)

Article written by London Greek Radio

AEL Limassol 1-2 Austria Wien (agg: 1-2)*
Aldair 60′               Holzhauser 34 (P), Felipe Pires 90

Apollon Limassol 2-0 Aberdeen (agg: 3-2)
Schembri 17′, Zelaya 86′

Dinamo Minsk 1-1 AEK Larnaca (agg: 1-3)
Saroka 47′ (P),         Acorán 90+3′

Apollon Limassol, AEK Larnaca are through to Play-off draw, Friday 4th August
AEL Limmassol (are out)

Gabala 1-2 Panathinaikos (agg: 1-3)
Moledo 52′ og                        Lod 63′, Cabezas 66′

Panionios 0-1 Maccabi Tel-Aviv (agg: 0-2)
Korbos 79′ og

PAOK 2-0 Olimpik Donetsk (agg: 3-1)
Mak 24′, Cimirot 45+1′

Panathinaikos, and PAOK are through to play-off draw, Friday 4th August
Panionios (are out)

Article written by London Greek Radio

Greek champions Olympiacos Pireaus completed the comfortable 5-3 aggregate victory, over Partisan Belgrade, following a 2-2 result at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis. Last week’s 3-1 away victory in Belgrade virtually made sure they went into Wednesday game as the tie-favourites to win.

Carcela-González and Fortounis twice give Olympiacos the lead; for the Serbain side Soumah and Djurdjević responded, levelling the scores in Athens.

The Greek side is into the Friday’s play-off draw.

The first legs will be played on 15/16 August, with the returns taking place on 22/23 August.

Meanwhile, AEK Athens had suffered their second defeat at the hands of CSKA Moskva, with a 1-0 loss at the Moscow stadium, on Wednesday night. A Natcho ’74 minute goal confirmed the Athenian side’s exit, 3-0 aggregate loss, overall.

Article written by London Greek Radio

The national Under-20 team is the new European champion, after defeating Israel 65-56 in Sunday’s final at Iraklio.

Players of Greece’s U-20 national basketball team crowned European Champions after beating Israel on Sunday

Yet another golden generation for Greek basketball has made the most of the home advantage to win one more trophy in these categories of FIBA Europe competitions, before beginning to feed the men’s team with fresh talent and quality. This is the same team that two years ago won the U18 championship at Volos.

The players of coach Ilias Papatheodorou took great strength from their quarter-final victory over Lithuania, when they came back from 15 points down, to thrash Spain in Saturday’s semifinal with a 77-56 score and then impose themselves on Israel in the final at the Dyo Aorakia arena on Crete.

After a slow start, which Israel capitalised on to lead 14-2, the Greek teenagers worked hard in defense and played a composed game in attack that allowed them to unfold their talent and lead 26-23 at half-time, before breaking away in the second half.

Players such as Vassilis Charalampopoulos, Antonis Koniaris, Nikos Diplaros, Michalis Lountzis and Vassilis Christidis are guaranteeing a great future for Greek basketball, both on national team and on club level.

“These guys are making me so proud…” said Papatheodorou with tears in his eyes.

Article written by ekathemerini