ASTORIA – Members of the Greek community and fans of Panathinaikos, of all ages, watched the “green” match versus Larissa at Panatha USA’s offices in Astoria on September 16, with the former coach of the team, Yannis Anastasiou.
Mr. Anastasiou, who has been in New York in recent days, maintains very good relations with the president of Panatha USA, Vlasis Anastasiou and its founder, Nikos Bardis, as a result of visiting the offices of the Association on the occasion of the Championship.
Although he left Panathinaikos’ bench in 2015, Yannis Anastasiou seems to have been tied to his former team, watching the game and applauding enthusiastically for the goals by coach Giorgos Donis’ team which won the match 3-1.
“It was a special atmosphere. It reminded me of the old days, as if I was on the field,” said Anastasiou, who took photos with fans and also spoke with them about his time at Panathinaikos. Indeed, he recognized that this year’s effort of the historic team, which, due to financial problems and penalties, was based on young football players, reminds him a lot of his own first year.
“Up or down, it’s the same situation, with many young people. Good work is done. It requires patience, but at least the young people show that they respond to the coach’s instructions and wish to continue like that,” he said, pointing out that there should be no exaggeration.
“Greeks get excited quickly. The important thing is to have patience. There is a talent in Panathinaikos and especially the Academies. If there is administrative stability, things will work better for the team.”
As far as his own professional future is concerned, he said he would have talks about it next time, while also clarifying that he would probably work again outside of Greece.
“In foreign countries, the peculiarities are different, and my preference at the given moment is to work there,” concluded Anastasiou.