He was a solid and very attentive footballer. He was carefully studying his every move. He was born on July 30, 1959, in Ioannina, Epirus. He started his career in the amateur team of PAS Ioannina and in 1978 was promoted to the first team. He was playing a central defender. He watched the centre-field opponent hard but not at all. It was reasonable for the people of Olympiakos to watch him.
They approached him and in 1984, who was using his 5-year-old, they took him to Piraeus. Vassilis Papangelis (we are talking about) has been fighting the red whites for 3 years. In fact, during that time, he won the Greek Championship in 1987, and on May 28, 1986, he fought in the final of the cup, but his team failed to win. The high-profile stepper played in the second half with 80,000 fans at the Athens Olympic Stadium when he took over for striker George Vaitsis.
The same year he returned to the PAS team where he played until December 1991. He then went on to Olympus Corfu for 1.5 years and then to the Nafpaktiakos Asteras for a season in 1993-1994. The next season, in 1994, he fought in Thesprotos. He retired after 20 years of football, of which twelve (12) at PAS Ioannina and three (3) at PAS Amateur. He then worked for a while as a coach, and now with his wife they have a company promoting local aromatic biologicals and pharmaceuticals, which is doing very well. The products are even sold in foreign countries.
Papaggelis, who has been watching international football for quite some time, has agreed to speak exclusively on Discoveryfootball.com to everyone and everyone. His great love for Olympiakos. Kostas Fortounis. Liverpool, Qatar and much more.
DF: How do you see the Greek Championship going this year?
«I think the team that has Olympiakos is very good, strong in all its lines and certainly has a lot of chances to win the championship. Only PAOK can threaten him, but I see that last year’s debutant doesn’t have the same consistency. It has some weaknesses, and that plays an important role in a championship battle. «
DF: Which Greek football player do you consider to be the top player in the country right now?
«Kostas Fortounis of Olympiakos. This kid who went through difficult times with his injury, I think he is good enough now and the better he feels at his feet, the better his performance. He is a player who needs both his team and the Greek national team. «
DF: On Thursday night, Olympiakos could not get a positive result against Arsenal …
«I think the result is unfair to Olympiakos. Martins team played very well, created some very good opportunities, but could not capitalize and conceded a goal in the end. Now he will go to London next week to fight and come out … «
DF: In Europe and more specifically in the UEFA Champions League, how do you see things going? Will the usual suspects be the main contenders for the title again?
«Certainly teams like Liverpool, Barcelona with Messi, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus with Cristiano Ronaldo who are exemplary footballers with great ambitions despite his 35 years. But Manchester City, which will do its best to show that its fans do not have to worry, will fight to reach the final in Istanbul. «
Qatar will impress
DF: In 2022 we will see, for the first time, a small but shaky country Qatar hosting the final phase of the World Cup. How do you see that, is it good for football?
«It is something quite different from what we have known so far. The schedule for most European leagues will also change after the final round from November to December 18.
I think it will be something impressive at least from what we have seen so far with the state-of-the-art stages they have built and continue to do.
While the fact that the tournament will almost take place at the start of the championships will be good for the national teams, for the simple reason that this time the players will be relaxed. And they won’t be loaded with games of all season, as in previous competitions.
Then Qatar is a small country, but it loves football and its people I’m sure will present things that will surprise us. I have to say here that I want to see the Greek national team present at the top football match on the planet, where all the major teams in the world will be. National Greece needs such a qualification and we must all stand by it together».
DF: In the summer we have the final stage of the European Championship. Which groups do you consider a favourite?
«Belgium has shown that it has a very well organized and strong team. Italy, which has many new talents and now even changed its playing style and offers a spectacle. Germany, which always remains a strong and ambitious team. The 2018 FIFA World Cup holder, France’s Mbappe and other key executives, and England who is a youthful team with several talented footballers in Sterling, Sancho, and who, if they reach the semifinals, will also have the advantage».