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The debut of Bulgarian football star Dimitar Berbatov with his new team, PAOK, has riveted the attention not only of the Greek sports media, but of the news media as well.
"Berbatov acclaimed in Veria" is the title of sport24.gr. "The time came for his first official appearance wearing the PAOK jersey. The 34-year-old Bulgarian striker, Dimitar Berbatov, came out on the pitch into the game's 58 minute as a substitute for Stefanos Athanasiadis, only to be cheered by the team's plentiful fans who had come to the Veria match," says the publication.
"A first with three goals, three points and Berbatov," is the title of another sports site, sentragoal.gr." Dimitar Berbatov's time came in the 58th minute. The Bulgarian made his debut with the PAOK jersey on. PAOK supporters chanted "Smashing Bulgarian!" says the site's report from Veria.
"The game's unfolding allowed Tudor to release Dimitar Berbatov onto the pitch as well, and the audience hailed the Bulgarian striker on his debut with the black-and-white jersey," wrote the heavyweight in.gr, under the title, A PAOK Convincing Victory and a debut for Berbatov.
"Three in one and Berbatov's debut." Under this title, another site, newsit.gr, also reported PAOK's victory in Veria. "PAOK were at their best, they acquitted themselves marvellously in Dimitar Berbatov's debut in the Super League trashing Veria by 3:0 as a guest team in the third round of the championship. Berbatov's coming out in the 58th minute set the 4,000 PAOK's fans ablaze. He was one of the reasons they had travelled all the way to Veria to chant "The smashing Bulgarian!" says newsit.gr.
The famous coach Juande Ramos spared no superlatives for the Bulgarian star. In an interview for gazetta.gr, he said: "I know PAOK. I believe that the boost Berbatov can give the team is really substantial. He is a player capable of helping the club to achieve its high goals both in the Greek championship and in Europe – and in the Europa League as well. I believe that having a player of his class is important not only for his new team, but for the Greek championship as a whole," said the Spanish coach for Real News.
This is what is said about the technical qualities of the Bulgarian: "A coach can expect a great deal from Berbatov. And it is not only the goals that he scores every now and then. He is an exceptional player, with fine technique and motion: both when he is in possession of the ball and without it. He is a valuable tool for every coach, giving finer quality to the team's front game."
Finally, Ramos spoke about Berbatov's personality: "Those who know him can tell you that he is an exceptional personality. Most of all, he is a hardworking guy with a good character. He may very well exhibit huge self-esteem on the pitch, but in reality, both in life and during practice sessions, he doesn't have the airs of a star. It is no accident that he never had any problems with his teammates, wherever he played. I believe that having him was the right step for PAOK to make, and this will become perfectly clear on the pitch."