Teams: Beitar Jerusalem, ISRAEL NT, Inter Milan,
5) Playing in Crete, Greece
Another stupid mistake was playing in Crete. I don’t know again, why the IFA ever agreed to allow games to play in a place like Crete rather than in Athens. Yes, I know that Greece is Greece regardless, but fans make a lot of statements. They don’t act the same everywhere and a good scenario is comparing Crete with Athens. Athens is a thriving metropolis and the biggest city in Greece. Crete is an island where tourism is probably there most lucrative business, unlike Athens where they have finance, import/export, government, tourism, higher education, transportation and fashion which rules their daily lives. In Crete life is more laidback. When the Greek NT comes to Crete it is similar to the president coming. People make a big fuss over it and technically speaking after the debacle of the National Team in 2004, many Greeks turned their eyes away from the National Team and despised of it. In Athens, it was shown well where many fans hardly go to the games and only a few come out to see them even though Greece has fine stadiums from the 2004 Olympics. Only 15,000-20,000 fans come to a game such as Switzerland or even Russia per say. The IFA thought it would be ‘creative’ to agree that our game...a crucial one should be held in Crete. And unfortunately, they brought a huge record number. The largest number of Greek fans to a game in a long time, over 40,000 fans came to see Israel and the level of enthusiasm was high and very taunting for the Israelis. It didn’t matter if we had 1,000 Greek fans or 100,000 Greek fans. We should play well, but why not get an advantage or 2 when playing Greece? We could have played Greece in Athens and whatever result would be, I would support. Instead, we made life harder for the NT and we played in Crete. Stupid idea and I think our IFA should get a kick in the head and balls simultaneously for saying yes to it. Crete is depressing. Having Greece NT come is a big thing. No one comes to them. So if they want to have some fun for a night and cheer their NT they would and also make life hard for us.
Last edited by Kappa21; October 17th, 2009 at 09:53.