City Cannot Cope With Greek Mystique

Argentine striker RAUL BOBADILLA (22) of FC Aris Thessaloniki, recently arrived on loan from struggling German Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach, eyes the ball in front of the goal with a massive mural hanging behind at the always-decorative Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium in Greece. (Giorgos Nissiotis/AP)

The compact KLEANTHIS VIKELIDIS STADIUM, home ground of Greek Superleague club FC ARIS THESSALONIKI, is more than three times smaller than world-renowned Old Trafford in England, where Manchester City just battled with intra-city, arch-rival Manchester United over this past weekend.

Still, the charged-atmosphere and resulting electricity once again served to power THEOS TOU POLEMOU (God Of War), who continued the home unbeaten run in all European competiton which now encompasses 26 games over 43 years.

Since the start of the 1969-70 football season, many have tried to topple FC Aris Thessaloniki at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium in Greece. All have failed. Money-bags MANCHESTER CITY, in spite of all the millions of English pounds spent, must now add the club name to the list :

Cagliari Calcio — Italy
FC Chelsea — England
SK Rapid Vienna — Austria
SL Benfica Lisbon — Portgual
Perugia Calcio — Italy — (twice)
AS St. Etienne — France
FC Ipswich Town — England
Sliema Wanderers — Malta
KSC Lokeren — Belgium
FC Hapoel Be’er Sheva — Israel
GKS Katowice — Poland
FC Servette Geneva — Switzerland
RC Celta de Vigo — Spain
FC Zimbru Chisinau — Romania
AS Roma — Italy
Real Zaragoza — Spain
Red Star Belgrade — Serbia
Sporting Braga — Portugal
NK Slaven Belupo — Croatia
Jagillonia Bialystok — Poland
FK Austria Vienna — Austria
Atletico Madrid — Spain
Bayer Leverkusen — Germany
BK Rosenborg Trondheim — Norway
Manchester City — England


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