The russian-greek oligarch ivan savvidis. Image: w. Aswestopoulos
In greece, the oligarchs continue to rule and make a mockery of football, as was shown again last weekend by ivan savvidis, who stormed onto the pitch with a pistol strapped to his belt and bodyguards
On sunday evening, the derby between paok thessaloniki and aek athens took place in thessaloniki. The game has been a very special one since the foundation of both clubs. After all, both teams refer to their origins, the greeks of istanbul (constantinople), who were expelled from turkey during the population exchange in the 1920s. Both teams rode the byzantine double eagle in the club emblem. The double-headed eagle of paok does not quite correspond to the coat of arms of the byzantine emperors. Because paok lost the right to use the original eagle in the emblem on the field of play in the last century.