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> Olympiakos Approach Sydney Fc Pre Season Match
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post Apr 7 2010, 12:08 PM
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REPRESENTATIVES of Greek powerhouses Olympiakos have approached Sydney FC about the prospect of a glamour pre-season friendly match as the Sky Blues ponder how best to capitalise on the interest in football generated by the World Cup.

While negotiations are still at an early phase, Sydney officials are quietly confident the match would attract a strong crowd if it ends up going ahead, with Olympiakos boasting a sizeable number of supporters in the Australian-Greek community.

The proposed match is likely to go ahead at some point in either late June or early July, with a second match against Melbourne Victory helping to fill out a two-match tour.

Sydney FC chief executive Edwin Lugt said there "were also other European clubs" who had expressed a desire to play in the harbour city.

"We're certainly interested in hosting overseas clubs and there's been contact made with us for bringing Olympiakos to Sydney," he said. "But it's fair to say that the talks are in a preliminary stage and we're still waiting to hear more about the proposal."

Sydney are desperate to give their fans the prospect of a prestige friendly match after seeing the the opportunity to host English clubs Everton and Middlesbrough slip through their fingers last year, while Fulham and Wolverhampton made appearances against other A-League clubs.

However, with Sydney's management wondering how they can make the most of being A-League champions and with the World Cup offering a huge boost to football, the Sky Blues are eager to make a statement this time around.

"What we'd really like is a big name, especially with the interest at that time from the World Cup," Lugt said. "We're always interested in having an attractive club come to Sydney as part of our pre-season. But there are still many hurdles. Friendlies have to be approved by the FFA and a stadium would need to be underwritten."

Depending on the timing of the match, it's understood that the Greek club could be without key quartet Kostas Mitroglou, Avraam Papadopoulos, Georgios Galitsios and Vasilis Torosidis, who, if selected to play at the World Cup, would only come to Sydney if their national team duties had wound up










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