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European Elite Soccer Camps Connect Greek American Soccer to Its Roots

April 12, 2024

Something new is coming to pleasantly surprised Greek American soccer in New York and New Jersey!

A group of experienced Greek soccer players have come together with a purposeful and ambitious plan. They aim to act as a bridge between the development of soccer in America and the Greek American soccer community of young boys and girls. Their ultimate goal is to connect these young players with Europe, particularly Greece.

Photo: European Elite Soccer Camps
Photo: European Elite Soccer Camps

Giorgos Zisopoulos, Savvas Tsampouris, Aris Zafeiratos, and Panagiotis Linardos are four experienced soccer professionals who form the core team of European Elite Soccer Camps. They have extensive expertise in both professional soccer and US college soccer. The Camp was launched successfully in the summer of 2023 in New Jersey. This year, they are in advanced discussions to collaborate with Asteras FC and hold the Camp in New York.

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What are European Elite Soccer Camps?

EESC is a well-organized and innovative initiative that incorporates the soccer style and considers the participants’ academic perspectives.

The organizers of soccer camps in different American cities intend to close the gap between American and European soccer infrastructures. They offer talented soccer players a complete soccer experience in the academies of professional European clubs, aiming to improve their skills and knowledge of the game.

Marcelo Trials Tripoli. Photo: European Elite Soccer Camps

The EESC competitions provide a platform for young players to showcase their talent. The standout performers get a chance to experience European football by participating in the academies of professional clubs. Additionally, the EESC collaborates with AZ Sport Scholarships, a company that has placed 120 successful candidates in the last seven years. The young players will be assessed for their eligibility for athletic and academic scholarships to US universities.

Nick trials Asteras Tripolis. Photo: European Elite Soccer Camps

The EESC (European Elite Soccer Championship) held an event in 2023 with the slogan “We Scout in the USA, We Evaluate your Talent, and We Connect You with Clubs in Europe.” Two soccer players who participated in the event were given an opportunity to travel to Greece for five days. During this time, they participated in a training program and the activities of the Asteras Tripolis FC Youth Academy. They also got to watch professional football matches, providing a complete and unique experience.

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In 2024, EESC returns to New Jersey

Following its success, the EESC is returning to New Jersey this summer to provide opportunities for other talented soccer players to live a full soccer experience.

The Camp will be held June 24-28 at Manhasset Park, 500 Long Branch Avenue, NJ 07740, and there are already many registrations of 2006-2010 kids who will be called upon to prove their worth and earn a spot on a beautiful football trip.

The collaboration with Asteras FC and New York is just around the corner. According to exclusive information from the New York National Herald, the people of Astera FC are in advanced contacts to bring the Elite European Soccer Camps to New York next summer. Evaluating the EESC positively, Asteras FC, with quick and meaningful contacts, is on the verge of a partnership that will open new horizons for boys and girls and connect Greek American youth soccer with its roots.

A few words about the organizers

Giorgos Zisopoulos. Photo: European Elite Soccer Camps

George Zisopoulos

A distinguished Greek soccer player, he left an indelible mark on the sport during his 15-year career. Playing for clubs such as Aris FC, PAOK FC, Levadiakos FC, and Atromitos FC, George had many successes, including appearances in the Champions League and Europa League. As captain of Asteras Tripolis FC, he played a crucial role in their run to the Europa League. He is the oldest Greek player to have scored in the Super League and holds the record for the most appearances with the Levadiakos FC. Leaving the competitive side, it is worth noting that he holds an Executive Diploma in Sports Management. He completed the MBA Global in 2007 with a thesis that focused on the leadership characteristics of technical managers in Greek Soccer Limited companies.

Savvas Tsampouris. Photo: European Elite Soccer Camps

Savvas Tsampouris

A veteran professional soccer player boasts a remarkable 16-year career with 399 official caps in Greece and Cyprus, representing clubs such as Aegaleo FC, Asteras Tripolis FC, Kalloni FC, Nea Salamina FC, and Levadiakos FC. From 2019 to 2022, he offered his services to the Panhellenic Association of Paid Footballers as a member of the Board of Directors. With a degree in Business Administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business, Savvas switched to the administrative side of football. In 2021, he took over as Team Manager at Apollon Smyrnis, and from June 2022 until today, he has held the same position at OFI.

Aris Zafeiratos. Photo: European Elite Soccer Camps

Aris Zafeiratos

NCAA soccer champion and founder of AZ Sport Scholarships, Aris Zafeiratos began his football journey at the Panathinaikos FC Youth Academy. At 18, he said yes to an athletic scholarship opportunity, moving to the US to play in the college league. After initially excelling with Bryant & Stratton College, he reached the pinnacle of his career with the Indiana Hoosiers, capturing the prestigious 2012 US College Soccer National Championship. Along with his success in the field, he earned a Bachelor of Sports & Management and a Master of Science in Educational Studies in Instructional Leadership. Returning to Greece in 2014, he became the Greece-US liaison in sports, creating AZ Sports Scholarships, which, over the past seven years, has guided over 120 athletes to find athletic and academic scholarships at US universities.

Panos Linardos. Photo: European Elite Soccer Camps

Panos Linardos

Panagiotis Linardos is an active professional soccer player currently playing for Ionikos in Super League 2 of Greek soccer. His remarkable playing career includes stints in historic teams such as Panachaiki FC, Levadiakos FC, Lamia FC, Veria FC, and Anorthosis Famagusta FC. Apart from sports, Panagiotis has excelled academically, holding a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK) and a master’s degree in Sports Organizations and Business Administration from the University of Peloponnese. He is in charge of the strategy and planning team of the women’s soccer team MSL FC, demonstrating his dedication to both the sport and strategic

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