Uncategorized — June 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Nikos Machlas “Giant From Greece”


George Manalos (left), Chairman of the marketing firm Hellas Multimedia who has followed this exceptional athlete over the years explains why this “Giant From Greece”  has stood a head above the tallest in the European soccer world.




Q: For those  of our readers who are not familiar with the name Nikos Machlas can you tell them a little about him?
A: Yes, Nikos started his professional career with a team in named OFI in Crete, Southern Greece. He also participated in the 1994 World Cup as a starting member of the Greece National Team. He eventually left Greece to play in Holland with a team called Vitessee Anheim and became the number one scorer in Europe for two years in a row.

Q: How old is Nikos, and when did he begin playing with Ajax.
A: He’s in his mid-20′s and Ajax bought him  about a month ago for approximately $9,000,000 USD which is one of the largest amounts that Ajax has ever played for a player, and possibly the most ever paid for any player from Greece. There are not many players who leave the country to play for foreign teams.

Q: How many league teams are there in Greece?
A: We have a wonderful league with several very good teams such as Panathinaikos, Olympiakos, AEK Atenas, Appollon Atenas, and Aris Salonica and as I have stated OFI Creta which was the team Nikos played for.

Q: In your opinion, what makes Machlos such a good player.
A: He has patience which is necessary for any forward . But when given the opportunity he rarely fails during his attempts to score. You may have observed him in the game this evening  at the Gotham Cup where the scored the first goal for Ajax. Although the goal was scored with his head that time as opposed to a kick, he scores quite often, and that’s all that counts.

Q: Do you anticipate him participating in the qualifying rounds for World Cup 2002.
A: Yes, in fact he currently participates in all games involving the nation team of Greece. Being very nationalistic as most players are, he had mixed feeling about not playing with Panathinaikos
at this Gotham Cup. But during the qualifying rounds of WC2002 you can certainly expect to see the Greek National Team, and with them up front will be Nikos Machlos.

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