Saturday, March 28 will be engraved for many years in the memory of Greek fans. Thodoris Zagorakis, MEP and European champion in 2004 with the Greek national team, was solemnly elected president of the Hellenic Football Federation with 66 votes in 68 votes. It was the first time that an old footballer, a «hero», has excelled, as it should not escape our attention, that in 2004, he was named MVP of Europe ‘s top national team.
The great glory of our representative group, having with him the outgoing president, Vangelis Grammenos, made his first statements, stating: «I want to thank Mr. Grammenos for the cooperation that we will have and we will not stop having. From Wednesday onwards, because we have to respect the National team that has a very important game on Wednesday and we all have to give positive energy together for the team to get out of the quagmire. Many things have been done, we will try to add even more «.
The newly elected president of the EPO, Theodoros Zagorakis, was born on October 27, 1971 in Lydia, Kavala prefecture. At the age of 16 he joined AO Kavala and in December 1992 he was transferred to PAOK, with whom he made his debut on 23/12/1992 in the Aris-PAOK 1-2 match, in Charilaou.
He played for the National Team of Greece for the first time on September 7, 1994, against the Faroe Islands. He competed with the coat of arms 120 times and has the record of 57 consecutive participations. The highlight of his career with the «blue and white» was on July 4, 2020, when as captain he lifted the European champion cup in Da Luz.
At Euro 2004, he emerged as the most valuable football player of the tournament.
He played in the Premier League and Leicester. then to AEK, Bologna and again PAOK, with whose jersey he completed his career in 2007.
At a collective level he has won a League Cup in England and the Greek Cup in 2002. From 2007 to 2012 he was president of PAOK FC.
In 2014 and 2018 he was elected MEP with the New Democracy, a position he still holds today. He is married to Ioanna Lilli, with whom he has two children.
«The national team must enter the hearts of all fans»
Mr. Zagorakis, who is now the 31st President, also said: «I have been through this place and I can understand them better than anyone. Certainly, the National Team must enter the hearts of everyone and give us beautiful moments again «.
In the meantime, let’s see what the new President of the Greek Football Federation expects in his new extremely difficult post.
After 3 years and 7 months (since August 2917) the administration of Vangelis Grammenos, which was essentially a continuation of the Interim Steering Committee appointed by FIFA / UEFA in the fall of 2016, leaves and hands over the baton to the administration of Zagorakis.
During the administration of Vangelis Grammenos we had in the EPO the presence of the two superior authorities of world and European football (FIFA and UEFA), where even they could not give – at least until today – the required solutions to Greek football.
Of course, everyone is now waiting to see how the Holistic Study prepared by the European Confederation will be implemented, but of course there are many who have wondered for so many years, what it did…
In any case in this matter, certainly the previous administrations (Sarris, Gyrzikis) have great responsibilities, but also the «strong» of Greek football who look first at their teams…
The administration of Vangelis Grammenos showed inaction on many issues. She did not go out to talk either about what she did or about the innocence she showed in several not very good behaviors towards her. Then the national team of Greece did not find a permanent seat and went from stadium to stadium.
The same goes for the cup final. It does not mean that the Greek people have paid so many millions through their taxation for the construction of the Olympic Stadium (during the time of the late Konstantinos Karamanlis) and for the finals to be held elsewhere. As is the case in England, so it should be here. It is the biggest stadium in the country, so all the finals, possibly the headquarters of the national team, should be there!
Now the new administration of Thodoris Zagorakis will have to maintain what the previous one did well and present its own program, which should include a national sports center. Collaboration of a federal coach with the president and his associates.
Contacts with all the presidents of the Super League teams. Emphasis on the Greek footballer as much as possible through collaborations with federal coaches in each region and training as many old footballers as possible, so that they can at some point help on their part, where needed…