Legendary Olympiakos Keeper Theodoridis Dies At 85

Savvas Theodoridis was the goalkeeper of the legendary team to win 6 championships in a row; he was capped for the first time back in 1953.



Savvas Theodoridis, the revered goalkeeper who was a key figure in the great Olympiakos side of the 1950s and early ’60s, died on Monday at the age of 85.

Theodoridis was capped 12 times for Greece and served as vice president and general manager of Olympiakos until becoming the Piraeus side’s honorary president.

“A great member of the Olympiakos family departed today. Savvas and I had a very special bond of love and mutual understanding, both on and off the pitch,” said Olympiakos boss Evangelos Marinakis.

“Standing always next to his beloved Olympiakos, he always offered his services from various positions, carrying out the duties of vice president and general manager. As such, he won among others seven domestic titles,” a statement from the club said.

Last month he celebrated the club’s 45th championship trophy which was dedicated to him personally by Marinakis.

Greek Sports Under secretary Lefteris Avgenakis said the loss of Theodoridis, “the eternal teenager of Olympiakos with his genuine and unadulterated love for his team, spreads grief.”

“Greek football has lost a part of itself, the loyal keeper for 70 years,” Avgenakis added.

Theodoridis joined Olympiakos as a player in 1955 and he retired at the age of 27 seven years later, with many considering him as one of the best goalkeepers in the club’s history.

He passed away in an Athens hospital of an undisclosed illness.




Yusuf Invites 26 Players For Super Eagles Friendlies

Super Eagles-Salisu Yusuf-Eagles FriendliesSuper Eagles Head Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has called up 26 players for the international friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in Europe.

The three-time African champions would take on the Les Aiglons of Mali in France on May 27 before flying to Luxembourg to play the country’s national team on June 1.

Yusuf, who was installed as interim Head Coach by the Nigeria Football Federation last week, picked a relatively young squad that also includes former U-20 and former U-23 players.

All the invitees in the goalkeeper categories are: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars).

The defenders invited are: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal), Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey), Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France), Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey), Leon Balogun (Mainz 05, Germany), Gbenga Arokoyo (Gaziantepspor, Turkey), William Troost Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway), and Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal).

For the midfielders, players called up are: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England), Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium), Raheem Lawal (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), and Etebo Oghenekaro (SC Farense, Portugal).

The players invited in the forward category are: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium), Victor Moses (West Ham United, England), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England), Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia), and Brown Ideye (Olympiakos FC, Greece).