March 29 – Euro 2004 hero Theodoros Zagorakis has been elected the new president of the Hellenic Football Association (EPO) for a four-year term.
In one of the great sporting upsets, Zagorakis captained Greece to glory at the European Championship in 2004 and this Saturday the former player was elected with an almost unanimous majority to lead the EPO forward as chairman. Zagorakis received 66 out of 68 votes, replacing Evangelos Grammenos.
“The effort for the recovery of Greek football starts tomorrow,” said Zagorakis, referring to the years of scandal that have blighted the Greek domestic game. “There is a plan, there is a mood. In this great effort, no one is being left out, and I call on all the people of football to join us.”
The former midfielder played 120 times for Greece between 1994 and 2007. The absolute highlight came in 2004 when he became the European champion with the Greeks by beating host country Portugal 1-0 in the final.
After his active football career at PAOK Salonika, Leicester City, AEK Athens and Bologna, Zagorakis transitioned to the board room, chairing PAOK before joining the European Parliament in 2014 for the People’s Party. He has been an independent member since 2020.
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