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Greece ends up seventh at FINA World League Europa Cup

Greece earned the seventh spot at the men's 2019 FINA Water Polo World League Europa Cup in Zagreb thanks to its victory over Russia on Sunday, after it missed out on a better place due to losses to Croatia and Serbia.

In Friday's quarterfinals Greece went down to host Croatia 13-11 and on Saturday Greece lost 14-10 to Serbia although it had held the Serbs to an 8-8 half-time result.

Greece's Consulate in Boston to hold annual Marathon wreath ceremony on April 11

The Consul General of Greece in Boston, Stratos Efthymiou, will present the Boston Athletic Association with olive branch wreaths to crown the four first place winners of the 2019 Boston Marathon, during the annual Boston Marathon Wreath Ceremony that it will be held on April 11, according to a press release by the greek Consulate on Thursday.

Bank of Greece cuts economy growth forecast for this year

The Greek economy is expected to grow by 1.9 pct this year despite a slowdown in the euro zone, the Bank of Greece said in a report on Monday.

That is below the government's forecast of 2.5 percent this year.

"In 2019, despite the significant slowdown of euro zone growth, GDP expansion [in Greece] is expected at last year's level of 1.9 percent," the report said.

Comeback kids snatch point for Greece at 10-man Bosnia

Ninety minutes is a long time indeed in soccer. What seems unlikely early on, may well become likely later. This way Greece came back from a likely debacle at Zenica to snatch a precious point and get to within a whisker from victory, forcing a 2-2 draw from host Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday.

Mitroglou out, Sokratis in for Greece

Greece will miss talismanic striker Costas Mitroglou in its key clash with Bosnia on Tuesday due to his injury in the game at Liechtenstein, but at least it will welcome back captain Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Mitroglou picked up a leg injury that is ruling him out of the game at Zenica, so coach Angelos Anastasiadis has called up Panionios striker Fiorin Durmishaj to replace him.

Positive start for Greece at Liechtenstein

The Greek national team defeated Liechtenstein 2-0 at Vaduz at the start of its campaign for the Euro 2020 qualifiers on Saturday, having produced one hour of decent soccer.

Prominent businessman Thanasis Giannakopoulos dies

The president of one of Greece's biggest pharmaceutical companies and an influential personality in the Greek sports world, Thanasis Giannakopoulos has died. He was 88.

The last of three brothers, Giannakopoulos died on Tuesday in the intensive care unit of the Greek capital's Hygeia Hospital after suffering a stroke.

Smooth draw for Greece in Basketball World Cup

Greece got a smooth draw for the first group stage of the 2019 Basketball World Cup in China on Saturday, and will likely meet Team USA in the second group stage, which means it will avoid it at least in the first knock-out round.

The Greek national team was one of the eight seeded and will play in Group F with Brazil, Montenegro and New Zealand, in the city of Nanjing.

Police raid fan clubs in western Athens

As part of ongoing effort to crack down on hooliganism in Greek sport, police late Thursday conducted raids on two fan clubs, both located in areas of western Athens.
Amid a recent spike in soccer hooliganism, police entered a building housing a Panathinaikos fan club in Peristeri and another in Ilion housing an Olympiakos fan club.

Greek athletes shine in Glasgow

Greece collected four medals at last weekend's European Indoor Track and Field Championships in Glasgow, including a gold medal by long jumper Miltos Tentoglou (top left). His 8.38-meter jump in the final was the best in the world this year.

Kyriakopoulou wins bronze in pole vault at European indoors

Nikol Kyriakopoulou won a bronze medal in the women's pole vault at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow Sunday, bringing Greece's final medal tally to four (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze).

Russian Anzhelika Sidorova won the event with a leap of 4.85 meters, but she competed as one of "Authorized Neutral Athletes" since Russia is officially banned.

In-form Tsitsipas reaches final of Dubai Championships

Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the final of the Dubai Championships by beating Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) on Friday, keeping the rising star from Greece on course for back-to-back ATP titles.
Roger Federer, who is looking to win his 100th career title, meets Borna Coric in the second semifinal later.

Lamia shocks Olympiakos to dump it out of Cup

Lamia added another major scalp to its collection in the Greek Cup this year, as it followed up the elimination of Panathinaikos with a shock win at Olympiakos on Thursday, to see the central Greece team through to the tournament's semis and the Reds crash out. Lamia has joined AEK, PAOK and Asteras Tripolis in the semifinal line-up.

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