Previously the courts of Greece most footballers were born and – bred of the teams themselves. Then, the conditions were changed. One of them then is the Petros Xanthopoulos, footballer who wrote his own unique story.
Xanthopoulos, of the most talented and great craftsman, able to compete both extreme back (right and left) and into the midfield, or as a right midfielder, was defensive midfielder.
Wherever but he played always or almost always distinguished. He began his career at Olympiakos in 1978. He played with the «Reds» to 1988 (238 games, 8 goals). Indeed, with his goal in 1987, Olympiakos won the Super Cup match against OFI (1-0). After he went to the Ethnikos Piraeus (37 games, 5 goals) Panionios (27 games, 4 goals) and ended his career with Proodeftiki (1991-1994, 93 games , ).
Xanthopoulos, was born on April 22 1959. In national Greek played 19 times, one goal, and played for the first time on February 15, 1984 in a friendly against the – then – East Germany, and had come to change to 83. After the end of his football career he dealt with coaching. He worked in order of the teams : Fostiras, Byzas Megara, Panaigialeios , Chalkidona, Panachaiki and Keratsini.
In Xanthopoulos meet with Discoveryfootball.com in a very nice event organized by the Educational Group Xinis in Athens on 20 April. He spoke to comfort both the Champions League, the European Championship, De Bruyne, Belgium, France and Cristiano Ronaldo …
DF: Petros reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, now that you see things are going?
R/: «Now everything is possible. We saw one Manchester City is wonderful, with racing orientation, very good defensive attack and of course with their crafty Aguero and De Bruyne show amazing things. With rival Real Madrid certainly will not be easy things but nobody can say something more. Real great team, with the advent of the coach Zidane has changed for the better. The French coach has improved quite even and often selfish Cristiano Ronaldo over the total. The other semifinal will have rivals Bayern Munich, which had once come as a footballer and even remember Paul Braitner, an incredibly great player who started as left back and turned into a leader in the midfield. On the other hand Atletico is a gritty team that can hardly be the one beat. I hope to have finished Real – Bayern but one does not exclude to see a different to the other teams».
France is the first favorite
DF: In the summer we have the highlight, the European Championship. There, what do you think can be done?
R/: «I think as a big favorite France. It has not least a great midfielder who continue so if you arrive too high and will certainly be the big apple of discord on summer signings. And of course I am referring to Paul Pogba, a craftsman, with leadership and magnificent distant shots. Near and the experienced, Franck Ribery and several other players who excel in various leagues. Trumps and the agent office, which always plays a part. Certainly one can not ignore teams like Germany that is experienced, or Belgium, but the second I think he has several very good players, absent very large star that will lift the «shoulders» the team in difficult time. The same happens with England which has several good players but not the player with the specific gravity for such big events to make the extra step».
DF: For Portugal, what do you think?
«As good as it may be this year, Cristiano Ronaldo constantly scored with Real Madrid, I do not know what is happening but things are quite different in the Portuguese national. Perhaps, it is true what they say enough that some go against their misfortune or losers».