Greece’s Water Polo Juniors Climb on Top of the World
By Tasos Kokkinidis - Aug 13, 2017
Greece celebrates an astonishing victory in water polo after its junior team were crowned World Champions at the World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships held in Belgrade.
After an amazing final on Sunday, Greece beat Croatia on penalties 5-4 after normal time ended in a tie 7-7 to get the gold medal.
Penalty shootout decided a winner for the first time and for the last time at the championship. Greece shooters scored all five goals in the shootout series. Franko Lazic missed in the second series and it was crucial.
Gkouvekas netted the winner for the second world junior gold for Greece and a big celebration of players and supporters.
This is the second gold medal for the Greeks at the World Men’s Junior Championships. Greece first world junior gold won 2011.
Greece’s youngsters had a magnificent tournament, beating among others the USA and former world champions Serbia in the semi-final.
The Greek national water polo team is the Youth World Champion.
Gergely Csurka, FINA Media Committee
Greece made it, in an exciting final they managed to beat Spain for the title and became Youth World Champion for the first time. Hungary and Serbia produced an outstanding battle for the bronze, the host side came from behind to clinch the third place. This led to a rare scene at the victory ceremony of a major men’s water polo event: no former Yugoslav team made the podium – among the youth it happened once in 2014, at other levels only in the mid-90s. The new rules tested at the tournament gained big success, can help to make water polo an even more thrilling and electrifying game.
The final day couldn’t have produced any more excitements: all four matches were decided by a single goal (just like the semi-finals), or, as in the game for the 5th place, a penalty shootout.
Greece outsmarted Spain in a tactical battle for the gold medal where the eventual winners might enjoy the benefit of coming first in the prelims which gave them an extra day off – something can become crucial when 17-18 years old boys had to take important decisions.
Greece’s talented swimmer Dimosthenis Michalentzakis won gold in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley SM8 Final event during day one of the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin.
20-year-old Michalentzakis had an outstanding performance after qualifying with a time of 2: 34.14 and in the final finished with a time of 2: 25.42.
After his gold medal in the 100m butterfly at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, this is another huge success for the 20-year-old athlete.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, after his impressive appearance in the Madrid tournament in May 2019, is ranked No. 7 in the world ranking in tennis. The 20-year-old Greek with 3.790 points holds the best ever ranking of his career!
Tsitsipas’s dreamy course in Madrid was marked by the legendary victory over Rafael Nadal with 2-1 sets (6-4, 2-6, 6-3) in the semifinals of the event!
This was the first time that Tsitsipas wins Rafa Nadal as he has had three defeats and 0-7 sets against the Spanish superstar so far. Stefanos became the 13th player in history, who manages to bend the left-handed Spaniard on his favorite surface.
In the final, the Greek player despite his amazing effort and performance, especially in the second set, was defeated with 2-0 sets (6-3, 6-4) by the great Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, who won his 33rd title in a Masters Event.
It is noteworthy that after finishing the final, the No. 1 in the world ranking, glorified the 20 year old Greek tennis player, while he did not hesitate to thank Stefanos Tsitsipas in Greek!
“I would like to say thank you to Stefanos for his good words, both for me and for my team. You are definitely a new star in tennis and you have a bright future ahead of you. I am very happy to be a witness of your greatness. However, what I like most about you is your personality. I know you very well, your father, your family a long time ago. I remember you when you were young, but now you are bigger and stronger than me. It is a pleasure for me to share the same court and look forward to even more battles in the future. Thank you buddy, “Djokovic said.
Stefanos Tsitsipas won two places in the ATP World Ranking and is now in the highest position ever found not only by himself but also by any Greek athlete! Novak Djokovic remains at the top of the world ranking with Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer following.
Greek Girls win Gold at World Rowing Youth Championships
More great sporting news for Greece as Maria Kyridou and Christina Bourmou won gold at the World Rowing Youth Championship in the women’s pair final, which took place in Ratchjes, the Czech Republic over the weekend.
Kyridou and Bourmou came first in the semifinal with the best time and showed their strength and determination in the final beating the United States and China.
Both young athletes have also secured their spot in the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October.
Voula Papachristou has won gold in the triple jump at the 24th European Track and Field Championship, making it Greece’s third over the last few days.
The Greek athlete won the gold medal with 14.60m in her 2nd attempt and raised the total number of Greek medals to 27, with 11 gold, 6 silver, and 10 bronze.
This has been the greatest success of her career so far and after jumping at 14.60m Papachristou pointed to the sky and the black ribbon she wore next to the national emblem, as a sign of remembering those who lost their lives in the deadly wildfires.
Greece dominated the Women’s Pole Vault final at the European Athletics Championship which took place in Berlin on Thursday, as Katerina Stefanidi won gold with 4.85 m, successfully defending her title from Amsterdam in 2016.
The Greek triumph does not end there, with Nikoleta Kyriakopoulos coming second with 4.80 m, taking home a silver, which is her a second medal in the event after the bronze in 2012 in Helsinki.
The bronze medalist was Brit Holly Bradshaw with 4.75 m.
The golden girl of Greek track and field, Stefanidi who has been leading the international championships in recent years, placed the bar at 4.96 m but had three unsuccessful attempts, however, she still had the best jump of the day.
The third Greek who participated in the final was Eleni Polak, who was unsuccessful in exceeding 4.30 m.
Greece wins Gold at Women’s Beach Handball World Championship
Greece’s national team beat rivals Norway in the final of the 2018 women’s beach handball world championships held in Kazan, Russia on Sunday, to win its first-ever world championship title.
Greece prevailed with a score of 2-1 (18-14, 15-24, 5-2) to climb to the top of the rankings and win the gold.
This means that Greece, which participated in a world championship tournament for the first time, will automatically qualify for the World Games to be held in the summer of 2019 in San Diego, United States.
Greece Wins Silver at Women’s European Water Polo Championship
Greece’s women’s water polo team have won silver after being defeated by Netherlands 4:6 in the finals.
In a time of national hardship, Greece’s female water polo team provided the country with something to cheer about at the European Championship, reaching the final with some wonderful performances in the competition. The Ethniki Omada beat hosts Spain 11:9 in a memorable semi-final, but in the showpiece match, they were found wanting.
During a tight first half, the Greeks were on the back foot, trailing 3:4 after the opening two periods. As the game progressed, defenses continued to be on top, but it was the Netherlands who proved to be the stronger as they claimed a hard-fought 6:4 win. Christina Chrysoula Tsoukala and Nikoleta Eleftheriadou both scored two goals for Greece.
Nevertheless, the team can be proud of a fantastic tournament and a well-earned silver medal, especially given that Greece hadn’t competed in the Women’s European Championship final since 2012.
Yorgos Lanthimos (born 1973) is a Greek film, video and theatre director, producer, and screenwriter. As of 2019, he has received four Academy Award nominations, Best Foreign Language Film (Dogtooth), Best Original Screenplay (The Lobster), Best Picture and Best Director (The Favourite). Contents
Life and career
Lanthimos was born in Athens. His father, Antonis Lanthimos was a professional basketball player who played for Pagrati B.C. and the Greece national basketball team.Having graduated from the Moraitis School, he went on to study Business Administration and following his father's will he played for a period in Pagrati B.C.He eventually dropped out of everything and went on to study directing for film and television at Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos in Athens. Through the 1990s he directed a series of videos for Greek dance-theater companies. Since 1995 he has directed a large number of TV commercials, in addition to music videos, short films and experimental theater plays.He was also a member of the creative team which designed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
His feature film career started with the mainstream film My Best Friend where he shared directing credits with Lakis Lazopoulos and was followed by the experimental film Kinetta which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. His third feature film Dogtooth won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.His fourth feature film Alps (2011) won the Osella Award for Best Screenplay at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.
The script for his fifth film The Lobster was awarded with the ARTE International Award as Best CineMart Project for 2013 at the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam.The film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize.During the 75th Venice Film Festival, he presented his latest work The Favourite (2018), and won the Grand Jury Prize.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player of Nigerian descent,who is playing for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Although nearly 7 feet tall, Antetokounmpo possesses the athleticism and ball-handling skills of a guard, giving rise to his nickname the "Greek Freak".During the 2015–16 season, he became the Bucks' primary playmaker,and in 2016–17, he led the Bucks in all five major statistical categories and became the first player in NBA history to finish a regular season in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.
Greek Pilot Kosmas Chalaris on Becoming NATO’s ‘Best Warrior’
“First of all, you have to really want it because the training, both at the academy and later on, is very demanding and grueling,” Captain Kosmas Chalaris told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) when asked what it takes to be chosen as NATO’s Best Warrior. “The first stage that is needed is to really truly want it and the next stage, obviously, is to work as much as possible, to give up things, including personal time with the family and whatever that entails,” he said. A pilot of the 331 All Weather Squadron of the 114 Combat Wing of the Hellenic Air Force, Chalaris was proclaimed ‘Best Warrior’ during NATO’s 18-3 Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP). Talking to the ANA and its radio station ‘Praktoreio 104.9 FM about the experience of going up against the top pilots of NATO air forces, Chalaris presented the successes of the Greek Air Force personnel as the result of professionalism but also a love of the job. “We do not go with the goal of coming first, we go simply to be ourselves, to do what we do every day and the rest comes by itself,” he noted. He explained that for a fighter jet pilot in the Hellenic Air Force, the same parameters apply at all times, irrespective of the circumstances: training and operational action and function. Apart from professionalism, which meant doing specific things and taking specific actions, it could be that HAF pilots had that extra passion for their work and a desire to do a good job, he added.
Vassilis "Billy" Spanoulis (Greek: Βασίλης Σπανούλης; born August 7, 1982) is a Greek professional basketball player for Olympiacos of the EuroLeague. A 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) tall combo guard, he is nicknamed Kill Bill, V-Span, and MVP ("Most Vassilis Player"). Spanoulis was named the Balkan Athlete of the Year in 2009,the All-Europe Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, the Vatican's World Athlete of the Year (Giuseppe Sciacca Award) in 2013 and the EuroLeague MVP the same year. He has earned a record eight All-EuroLeague Team selections.
Spanoulis first played for Gymnastikos S. Larissas, and enjoyed a highly successful career start. His skill-set earned him a transfer to Athens and Maroussi, where he won the Greek Basket League's Best Young Player award in 2003. Following an impressive 2004–05 season, during which he helped lead Maroussi to the Greek Basket League's finals and the EuroCup quarterfinals, he moved to Panathinaikos, where he became one of European basketball's major stars.In the 2005–06 EuroLeague season, Spanoulis made his debut in impressive fashion, earning his first All-EuroLeague Team selection as a rookie in the competition. After a stint in the NBA with the Houston Rockets during the 2006–07 season, he returned to Panathinaikos and helped lead them to a EuroLeague title in 2009, being voted the EuroLeague Final Four MVP in the process.
Spanoulis' transfer to Olympiacos from Panathinaikos, in the summer of 2010, marked a new step in his career, given Olympiacos' feisty rivalry with Panathinaikos. Within a young and rebuilding Olympiacos team, Spanoulis not only led the club to a EuroLeague title run in 2012, but he also went on to lead the team to a historical EuroLeague championship repeat in 2013. In the process, he gained another two EuroLeague Final Four MVP awards, thus joining Toni Kukoč as the only players in the history of European basketball to achieve that distinction on three occasions. Under his leadership, Olympiacos reached another two EuroLeague Finals, in 2015 and 2017.
In 2020, Spanoulis was named the Best EuroLeague Player of The 2010s Decade, by the readers of the website Eurohoops.net.
Spanoulis also played an instrumental role on the senior men's Greek national team's 2005 EuroBasket gold medal team. Most importantly, he was one of the main stars of Greece's 2006 FIBA World Cup silver medal team, scoring 22 points in the memorable victory over Team USA (101–95), in the tournament's semifinals. It was however, Greece's bronze medal at the 2009 EuroBasket, that emphasized Spanoulis' leadership within an injury-plagued Greek national team, and consequently earned him an All-EuroBasket Team honor.
Vassilis Spanoulis becomes EuroLeague’s all-time top scorer
Vassilis Spanoulis reached one more historic milestone and wants to keep going at least for one more season.
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His nickname is “Kill Bill”, but at this point, we should probably call him “King Bill”. Vassilis Spanoulis became in the game against Fenerbache the EuroLeague All-Time top scorer, surpassing Barcelona legend Juan Carlos Navarro with 4157 points over 4152.
He is also holding the All-time records in index rating (3941), assists (1483) and minutes (8632:46).
Very few summits are left unconquered for the player of the decade, according to Eurohoops fan vote. This is also the general consensus across the old continent for the player who led Olympiacos to back-to-back EuroLeague titles in 2012 and 2013, winning twice the Final Four MVP award.
And despite being 37-year old, Spanoulis clarified that this season is not going to be the end of the road for him: “The most probable scenario is that I will play also next season. I take my decision every summer. I work on my body, I practice and I want to help my team reach its goals. My motivation is to get to the playoffs, to get to Final Four, my love for the game. Without the game, I would have been a different person. It’s finished, OK, but I wanted this to happen to win the game, so it’s a bad taste at the end of the day. When I left my home, my kids told me “daddy get the record and win the game”. We couldn’t win it, but we have to get back for the next one”.
Tom Hanks can now add Greek citizenship to his list of accolades and awards.
President Prokopis Pavlopoulos signed an honorary naturalization order allowing the actor to claim citizenship, his office told The Associated Press on Friday.
Hanks' wife, actress and producer Rita Wilson, is of Greek and Bulgarian ancestry and the couple often spend their summer vacations on the Greek island of Antiparos. They've also produced a number of films in the country.
Wilson and Hanks produced the 2002 comedic hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and its sequel that was released in 2016. Hanks was also the executive producer of the 2008 musical "Mamma Mia!" and the 2009 comedy "My Life in Ruins."
Under Greek law, honorary naturalization may be granted to people "who have provided exceptional services to the country or whose naturalization serves the public interest."
Hanks is also due to receive one of the highest honors at the Golden Globes next month with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced. Hanks already has won four Golden Globes and received a lifetime achievement award by the American Film Institute in 2009.
His latest film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, about beloved children's television host Fred Rogers, opened last month.
US photographer Robert McCabe made an honorary Greek citizen
Photographer Robert McCabe (right) pictured with Greece's consul general in Boston, Stratos Efthymiou.
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Any reminder that there are good and conscientious people doing their jobs for the Greek state diligently in the right post is good news that gives hope. Greece's consul general in Boston, Stratos Efthymiou, is one such person, a young and active diplomat who has breathed new life into the post since taking over in 2017. One of his most recent achievements is granting honorary Greek citizenship to American photographer Robert McCabe for his service to the country.
Every Greek photography lover knows McCabe’s work. He visited the country for the first time in the 1950s when he was a student at the University of Princeton. He fell in love and started taking photographs of everything he saw: the islands, archaeological sites and monuments, landscapes and people. It was a time when the country was untouched by tourism and largely undeveloped, when hospitality was still genuine and pure, when the lives of many people in far-flung parts lived pretty much the same way as their forefathers centuries before.
McCabe became an ambassador for Greece’s charms, showing the world what made him fall in love with the country so deeply in exhibitions and publications. His marriage to a Greek, Dina, his companion in life and art, just made that love stronger.
He has also supported a number of Greek-American educational institutions, including Athens College, the Gennadius Library and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. McCabe’s family has even bought and restored the residence in Beacon Hill, Boston of Samuel Gridley Howe, a respected philhellene who fought for the Greeks in the War of Independence in 1824.
Furthermore, McCabe has undertaken a number of initiatives that show his support for the country, including the donation of 35 photographs to the Boston Consulate.
The greatest gift the American photographer has given Greece, however, is sharing his point of view of the country, the way he captured with such respect and admiration ancient sites like Epidaurus and the Acropolis before their restoration, but also humble pictures of day-to-day life, including wooden fishing boats, barber shops and tavernas, presenting scenes of a country that is almost lost today.
His most recent projects include a wonderful coffee-table book on the Strofades Monastery on an islet off the coast of the Ionian island of Zakynthos that was damaged in an earthquake in 2018, a book on the holiday island of Mykonos and another on Santorini before the devastating 1956 earthquake, which just came off the press and will be available in Greece and the US in a few weeks’ time.
Personal information Nationality Greek Born 8 April 1996 (age 23) Drama, Greece Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Weight 64 kg (141 lb) Sport Country Greece Sport Shooting Event(s) Air pistol Medal record [hide] Olympic Games Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro 25m pistol Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro 10m air pistol World Championships Gold medal – first place 2018 Changwon 10m air pistol European Championships Silver medal – second place 2019 Osijek 10m air pistol Bronze medal – third place 2020 Wrocław 10m air pistol European Games Gold medal – first place 2019 Minsk 25m pistol Silver medal – second place 2015 Baku Mixed 10m air pistol Silver medal – second place 2019 Minsk 10m air pistol Mediterranean Games Gold medal – first place 2018 Tarragona 10m air pistol
Anna Korakaki (Greek: Άννα Κορακάκη, born 8 April 1996) is a Greek shooter.She represented Greece at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal in the 25m pistol and a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol. She won the first Gold medal for Greece, since Greece hosted the Olympics back in 2004. At the age of 20 and in just her maiden Olympic campaign, she became the first Greek woman to win two Olympic medals in the same competition and the first Greek athlete in general since 1912. In the 25m fire pistol competition, she beat Monika Karsch of Germany. In this race, she won three rounds thus getting a lead of 6–0, then the German rival won the next three rounds and thus bringing it to a 6–6 tie. In the last round, the German missed 1st and 3rd shots of the 5 shots, and Korakaki had missed her 4th shot, but she hit her 5th shot and won 8–6, taking the gold and avoiding a tie.
Korakaki has competed since 2009. She is with the Orion Shooting Club of Thessaloniki and she is coached by her father and retired shooter Tassos Korakakis.She is an undergraduate student in Special Education at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki.
In March 12th she will become the first woman to be first olympic torchbearer.
Known for President and CEO of Lavinia Corporation
Thanasis Laskaridis (Greek: Θανάσης Λασκαρίδης; born 1952) is a Greek shipowner and businessman based in the United Kingdom. He is the president and CEO of Lavinia Corporation. He is also founder of the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation,The People's Trust in Greece, and co-founder (together with his brother Panos) of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation. He has six children. Contents
Early life and education
He was born in Athens, Greece, to Konstantinos (Constantine) and Aikaterini (Kaiti) Laskaridis and has one older brother, Panos Laskaridis.He graduated from the German School of Athens in 1970 and went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at Aston University of Birmingham in 1973, a Master's degree in Systems Engineering at Imperial College London in 1974 and a second Master's degree in Economics and Finance at the London School of Economics in 1975. Business interests
During the mid-'70s he started his career in shipping by taking control of the small family fishing company along with his brother, Panos. The two brothers are the majority shareholders of Lavinia Corporation, a shipping group holding company that controls Laskaridis Shipping, an Athens-based management company founded in 1977 which operates reefer ships, petrol tankers, dry bulk carriers, ship repair facilities, and marine terminals.
His business activities also span across the hospitality (Laskaridis and his family controls numerous hotels in European countries like the landmark hotels Grande Bretagne and King George of Athens, Hyatt Regency Belgrade,Lucknam Park in the UK etc.), real estate, and airline industries (as a minority shareholder in Aegean Airlines), and other enterprises. Charity and donations
In 1993, the Laskaridis brothers founded Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation in memory of their mother. The foundation actively supports cultural and educational projects in Greece.Laskaridis and his brother have donated to numerous causes such as the Hellenic Coast Guard,the Greek navy,the Union of Greek Shipowners' charitable trust, fresh water supply projects for refugees in northern Greece and a number of Greek charitable organisations engaged with the wellbeing of children in need. Laskaridis has also donated to the London School of Economics in support of the Hellenic Observatory, where he sits on the Advisory Board.
In 2014, he financed with €1.5 millionthe restoration of Syntagma Square, the central square of Athens that had been damaged during riots and vandalism in previous years.The mayor of Athens, Giorgos Kaminis, unveiled a plaque in his honour in September 2018, for Laskaridis' contribution to the square.
Thanasis Laskaridis is also the founder of The People's Trust in Greece, a charitable trust dedicated to small grants for startup companies and general charity.
For his donations to the Greek Navy and coast guard, Laskaridis has been awarded by the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy and the Hellenic Coast Guard.He is also an honorary member of the latter organisation.
In 2016, Thanasis Laskaridis founded the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation, a non-profit organisation which aims to build partnerships and implement programmes that focus on the environment and education in Greece. As part of these efforts, in 2019 the MV Typhoon, a former platform supply vessel that was converted into a special purpose ship, began operations in the Greek seas with the aim of contributing to the large scale clean-up of the coastline, as well as research of coastal and in-water marine pollution in cooperation with universities and research institutions.
On Monday, 2 December 2019, the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, the Minister of National Defence, Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, the Chief of Hellenic National Defence General Staff, General (HAF) Christos Christodoulou, and the Chief of Hellenic Navy General Staff, Vice Admiral Nikolaos Tsounis HN, attended the ceremony for the naming and induction to the Hellenic Navy of General Support Ship "ATLAS-1", which took place in Salamis Naval Base.A new platform support vessel, the Atlas I, was commissioned into the Hellenic Navy this week, during a ceremony at the Salamina anchorage in the greater Piraeus area.
The ship is yet another kind donation by the President of "Aikaterini Laskaridis" Foundation, Mr. Panagiotis Laskaridis.
Pyrros: Pssst demons, come on you funkers, lit this subaru on fire, I am gonna get a better one
Jul 1, 2020 13:14:27 GMT -5
ulf: "covid does not exist"
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ulf: I got nothing more to add than this:
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branislavnusic: The saxons are suffering the worst so it's a good thing
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Pyrros: I dont know the state of whesto propaganda in Serbia or the amount of real Death the demons have injected into the society, but here in Grekolandia this is supreme royal joke.
Jul 2, 2020 4:08:17 GMT -5
Pyrros: I mean we are one on top of the other like a massive orgy kind of thing, yet, no covid to be found anywhere.
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Pyrros: Also Admin is of the same philosophy : covid does not exist, it is only a spiritual virtual concept not real.
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Pyrros: false-Greeks hate Serbs. Serbs should only go to Bulgaria. The only serious Slavic land in south balkans who respects other Slavs.
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ulf: What should they do? Watch them spread the disease? Don't be ridiculous, they should be graceful they allowed them to go back home. This mans health got worse after few days, now he is in Serbian hospital
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Pyrros: The disease? ok... Anyways this is not the point. The point is Slavs need to get serious. Stop dealing with haters.
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