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The goal keeper of the Greek national soccer team is a gardener in Kifisia

20 December 2008 / 10:12:35  GRReporter
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One of the biggest names in Greek soccer and European champion in Portugal in 2004, Andonis Nikopolidis was hired to protect parks in an elite Athens suburb. Nikopolidis, who is a goal keeper for “Olympiakos” and is continuing to be a titular for Otto Rehangel’s team was hired with the approval of the council of ministers, which was printed in the official gazette, 120th issue from December 11th. This way the goal keeper of the European champions receives a nomination 3rd degree with a salary of 18th level as a gardener in the Kifisia suburb.

Andonis Nikopolidos did not wish to comment his new appointment but shared his opinion about the lot for the 32 YEFA teams, which puts “Olympiakos” against the French “Saint Etien.” This is a disciplined team, which is in very good physical form. It is a French team so we have to be very careful. Chances are 50/50, there is no favorite in this game,” said the experienced goal keeper. According to him “Olympiakos’” problem this year are the games outside of Greece. “We are aware of this problem and so is our coach. We are working constantly in order to overcome it,” also said the soccer player.

Later on, visible aggravated by the way the media announced the news about his appointment in Kifisia, Andonis Nikopolidis made the following statement:

“The government gives the opportunity for sports people who have succeeded to be appointed on public duty. Since 2005 I can use this right because I became European champion in Portugal during 2004. Many of my colleagues can use this right as well. According to the active law I have the right to accept or deny the appointment in two weeks time. I will do that and I will inform the people of the reasons for my decision.”

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