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Stahre swaps Swedish champs for Greece

AFP/The Local · 27 Apr 2010, 09:47

Published: 27 Apr 2010 09:47 GMT+02:00

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Panionios Athens made the announcement on Monday and declined to reveal either the duration of Stahre's contract or the financial details.

Stahre replaces Giorgos Paraschos, who left after Panionios finished the season in eighth place in the league with 37 points from 30 matches.

Stahre, 34, took the unfancied AIK to the Allsvenskan title last year but has seen his team struggle to deal with the loss of its key striker at the beginning of the 2010 season, with only one win from the opening eight fixtures.

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Mikael Stahre has been replaced as AIK coach by Björn Wesström.

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15:58 April 27, 2010 by skatsouf
it is Panionios Nea Smyrni (i.e. New Izmir, a suburb of the Greek capital) not Athens, the oldest football club in Greece

btw, quite a surprising move from Stahre, the sure is he's gonna like it there
16:59 April 27, 2010 by mjennin2
AIK, barf.

17:38 April 27, 2010 by sparc
@skatsouf : The english name for "Nea Smyrni" is "Nea Smirni" for the following reasons:

1) "y" is greeklish and is not pronounced as an "i".

2) Names do not get translated so "Nea" stays as is. Imagine a tourist asking directions for "Crab beach" (kavouri) or for the area of "Drums" (tampouria) or Colonies (Melissia) and so on; it would make me laugh and so would you, not to mention that very few people would be able to reply...

3) Izmir is totally irrelevant and does not constitute a translation for Smirni. The relationship is only historic and should not be transfered to the name.

PS: sorry for this totally irrelevant post but I couldn't help it.
17:59 April 27, 2010 by skatsouf
@ sparc: good argument indeed. i just followed the logic behind Gamla Stan - Old Town translation

anyways, Nea Smirni is a beautiful place :)
03:35 April 28, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
I prefer Smirni itself, recommend having vacation in Cesme.

I am not sure the exact translation of Gamla Stan. Does "Gamla" mean "ancient" (implying some kind of history) or solely "old"?

P.S. Sorry for this totally irrelevant post but I couldn't help it...too...)
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