How to choose 10 out of 50 “holy monsters”? – Giorgos Dymenos
You’d rather take me to a beer hall and forbid me to drink beer than ask me to pick the 10 best from a “tank” of choices, in which 50 “holy monsters” are found. Really. Even for those I didn’t get to see live, I’ve occasionally heard stories about their exploits that are… scary – apart from their videos circulating on the internet – and singling out some is very, very difficult, when there’s always the producing subjectivity.
I’ll start with him Vassili Hatzipanagi. I saw him very little and at an age when in primary school we were smashing tin cans to play ball during breaks, so it seems somewhat extreme to talk/write about him. However, just the “myth” that has been maintained for decades around his name is enough for me to imagine that he is perhaps the most quality/charismatic football player who played in our country. The one who with one of his actions will raise the field to the feet and who is able to dribble the opponent even in a phone booth.
Maybe what they told me about “Nureyev” made me like him madly from the first moment Vasilis Karapialis. The “10” of the old cut we say these days, the one who doesn’t run up and down, who can be seen with his hands on his waist, but has the quality required to stand out. Who will put the ball through the keyhole, make the nose and the only contact so that you wonder “hey, how did he do that?”. I adored him.
He was also a player Dimitris Saravakos. Now you tell me who is not among the 50. That’s right too. He knew a lot about the ball, but he also had this style, you can’t explain it exactly. They also liked the celebration with open arms, the manor, as if to say “here I am, I offered you a show again”. It was both his European goals with Panathinaikos against the Juventus and AEK in the match with Rangers that made you believe he could play in any league. “Big little one” as they used to say back then.
I think that in my mind the above three were a given, from the first moment we entered the process of choosing the top 10. It is mathematically impossible to fit them all and somewhere here we go to which personal criteria, but also which ones I saw most in action. For example, I have always liked the terminology of the “flag player”, that is, the one who connects his name with a club.
For Demi Nikolaidis you are you are not AEK you can’t help but admit two things. Firstly, that he is an excellent scorer who had… a special relationship with the opposing nets, and then that he could have made more money and won more titles if he was not emotionally “tied” to the Join. I stand out from the fact that he has scored 232 goals in 392 matches at a collective level. Let’s go again. 232, even in times when football was not “what we eat and what we put in”. We continue. Pendragon Djordjevic. You support you don’t support him Olympic, this is a player who “ploughed” the whole side, knew a lot of ball tricks, “rooted” for the “red and whites”, won titles and marked entire generations with his performances. In his dozens… he threshed and you couldn’t catch up with him. Sa… a two-year-old opened up, stuck the ball at his feet and didn’t lose it. Ati.
How many are they; Five. Six with him George Karagounis, only with his passion and the beautiful madness he carries for the ball. If I was ever his teammate and had him next to me on the field I think I would run even with a broken leg. I would stare at him from the TV or the platform and say “what the hell is this?”. Of course… he owned the place, but this energy he was giving off was something unique. He was happy about it. I think right now as we speak he will be in the street outside his house playing with the neighborhood kids. Certainly there have been many better footballers, but in this respect he was unique. On my “scale” it counts too much… These are tastes.
In football, lies are bad, the quintessence is the goal, but 10 more play, apart from the respective scorer, and for that I will (also) say Thodori Zagorakis. Let’s put everything else aside. It is about the “captain”, on and off the playing fields, of National of 2004 which took us to the top of Europe, in one EURO where he stood out MVP of the tournament. That alone is enough. Plus the “empty” to Lizarazou, so for vagrancy. What an emptying, the definition of “bag” was.
We made it to seven. Okay, for ball we also say o Giovanni it has given us some special moments. The “wizard” represents him 100%, o Brazilian he kept amorous contact with the “round goddess”, talked to her and sent her wherever he wanted. He made everything seem so simple. And since we’re talking about simple.
How many players have played in Hellas who scored more easily than him Christoph Vazeha; THE Polish he gave you the impression that he can score a goal in a thousand and two different ways, a killer pull that even faced stoppers who… you were caught by the “neck” in the man’s man and you couldn’t breathe. He has scored 244 goals in 390 matches in the first national team, what else can we say? Giovanni and Jared (and they), another class. Players.
And there is one more left… Who will enter first? Manolas; You’re crazy; Black; Katsouranis; Rivaldo; Zaets; Vieira; Butcher; Giannakopoulos; Detari; Silva; Sise; Rocha; Okonsky; Yeah man, Okonsky. What a mind and more. And how many others, Who? Hey Journal what did you do to us? I will emotionally choose him Rene Henriksen. Why; Because in addition to being an excellent defender, he also proved that cancer is not invincible. Huge “fighter” on and off the pitches, respect and only respect. Bow.