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Postby Steve » Tue Nov 06, 2001 11:08 am

I can see there is a little resentment creeping in here after the tournament. Alkis does not appear to be the most popular of winners and that is a very sad thing. Alkis was single minded and determined and focused.
Alkis simply did the things he needed to do to win. In the group games he was a lot more fluid than in the later stages simply because he could express himself more but as the tournament wore on he took less risks and performed in a more and more professional manner, just the same way that some of the worlds most successful football teams will kill a game off once they have asserted themselves. Alkis was the most professional player bar none! Rarely is the most attractive football team in the world also the most successful. Alkis is the Pete Sampras of KickOff and he is going to be very hard to dethrone! Congratulations Alkis you were a worthy champion.
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Postby VKafiris » Tue Nov 06, 2001 11:14 am

That's what I said before the tournament. All of us know how to play KO2. The winner would be the most focused and calm player. That was Alkis' advantage. That's why he won. That's all. No less or more.
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Postby Riempie » Tue Nov 06, 2001 11:24 am

Nice words Steve!
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Postby JamesHBeard » Tue Nov 06, 2001 11:25 am

I second your comments Steve.

<B>Alkis is truly a worthy champion and I personally was highly impressed by his style of play.</b>

He had a superior defence to all of the other finalists and this along with his ability to make very few (if any) mistakes made him impossible to beat this year.

I know that during the final and other games there was a lot of favourism for Alkis' opponents but I think this was more aimed at hoping the game would be a real good battle.

During the final for instance I was hoping that Mr Dig would get another goal to make the final an absolute classic.

I managed a draw against the bloke so I cannot see what the problem is.

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Postby MrDig » Tue Nov 06, 2001 11:31 am

I agree with you all mateys! <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">
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Postby Ely » Tue Nov 06, 2001 11:55 am

I second, thrid and forth all that. As spectators we just want to see a real classic and if that means shouting a bit louder for the opposition then so be it. Alkis is a worthy winner and is on a plain higher than us all, we must improve to give him a better game <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">
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Postby Robert Swift » Tue Nov 06, 2001 12:07 pm

I hope no-one is confusing my earlier analysis of Alkis with criticism.

He's the strongest player, and therefore the man to beat. The way he plays is worthy of examination and discussion.

I don't think there's any genuine hostility felt by anyone. We all owe him big time for his part in organising the tournament.

No-one should take away from what Alkis achieved. He was so focussed and determined, he didn't lose a single game all tournament. His play was all-round strong, no-one said he was there for entertainment value.

There are plenty of sports where players and teams employ strategies that are effective while not necessarily attractive. Finding the balance is our ultimate goal.

Maybe there is a little jealousy? It's only natural, look at Michael Schumacher and Steve Hendry, they are clearly the best in their sport but have the smallest fan clubs.
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Postby VKafiris » Tue Nov 06, 2001 12:21 pm

Good point Robert. But it's only somedays after the tournament, so it's quite "hot". I expect that we are all going to calm down eventually.
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Postby Robert Swift » Tue Nov 06, 2001 12:28 pm

Also Jim is right - Alkis has the best defence of anybody, that is 50% the reason for him winning. As I said earlier he packed the defence and I couldn't get near his goal.
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Postby MJB » Tue Nov 06, 2001 12:33 pm

Alkis made the least mistakes and punished mistakes the best = champion!
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Postby NChoudhury » Tue Nov 06, 2001 12:40 pm

I second all the above comments and huge congratulations to Alkis - he is certainly a worthy winner and a creative player because every different tactic people tried against him he found some way to counter by the end of the match.
But as for the long, slow straight lobs with the raised hands in triumph? - SHAME ALKIS! <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif"> SHAAAAME <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif"> <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">
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Postby JamesHBeard » Tue Nov 06, 2001 12:46 pm

<IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif"> Nazim <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif"> Even more shame when his hands were held high and the ball never went in the net !! <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif"> Filth !! <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif">
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Postby alkis21 » Wed Nov 07, 2001 12:24 am

Oh shut up all of you.. you're making me blush. I liked you better when you were attacking me. <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">
Thanks for the supporting post Steve, it really wasn't necessary though. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, I'm open to criticism and discussion and I honestly do not believe anyone is against me.
It's true that I was kind of surprised when I realized that everyone was cheering for Mark in the final. Personally, I never supported anyone openly during the tournament expect for Vasilis. Even in the semi finals, when I wanted Gianluca to win cause I wanted to avoid competing against Mark, I applaused during every goal cause I thought it was the polite thing to do. But even then I wasn't hurt, I said to myself it was because Mark was Dutch and Holland was closer to most people's country, therefore they'd prefer travelling there for next year's tournament.
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