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Australia vs. Greece friendlies in doubt as FIFA ban looms

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Greece last toured Australia in May, 2006

Australia's international friendlies against 2004 European champions Greece has been thrown in doubt after FIFA vowed to punish them for government interference.

The two friendlies were originally scheduled for June in Sydney and Melbourne, and were expected to bring in more than 130,000 spectators, having garnered strong interest from the 380,000 Australians with Greek heritage.

The Greek government stepped in to suspend the domestic Greek Cup competition, after clashes between spectators and riot...

FIFA tells Greece to resume cup competition or face suspension

Greece face a FIFA ban over a government decision to suspend the country's cup competition because of fan violence.

Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis called off the Greek Cup last month following violence at a semifinal match between PAOK and league champions Olympiakos. PAOK fans threw flares and clashed with riot police on the field.

In a letter to Kontonis on Tuesday, FIFA described the action as "disproportionate and as interference in the internal affairs" of the Greek Football Federation, and...

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Friendlies: Aritz Aduriz helps Spain draw in Italy as Turkey beat Sweden

Lorenzo Insigne and Aritz Aduriz scored two minutes apart as Italy and Spain drew in Udine.

Aritz Aduriz scored his first international goal for Spain in a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Italy at the Stadio Friuli in Udine on Thursday.

The hosts took the lead in the 67th minute through Lorenzo Insigne, who slid in to meet Emanuele Giaccherini's cross.

It was the first goal Spain had conceded in nearly 700 minutes.

But less than three minutes later, Aduriz levelled the score in his first appearance for La Roja since 2010.

Alvaro Morata, who appeared to be offside, headed towards goal...

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Apostolos Giannou joins Guangzhou R&F, wants to play for Australia

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts break down mixed results for the A-League sides and the scoreless draw for Guangzhou Evergrande in the AFC Champions League.

Greek Super League top-scorer Apostolos Giannou has joined Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F from Asteras Tripolis, using the move to pledge allegiance to Australia in the process.

The Greece-born forward is the latest star to join the ambitious CSL project, with star names like Chelsea's Ramires and Roma winger Gervinho also opting to make the move to China.

Giannou, who spent his childhood growing up in Melbourne, scored 13 goals in the Superleague Greece with Asteras this season, and is...

Australia vs. Greece friendly scheduled for June in Sydney

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Greece last toured Australia in May, 2006

SYDNEY -- Asian Cup champions Australia will play 2004 European champions Greece in an international friendly at Sydney's Olympic stadium on June 4, the first meeting between the two countries since the Socceroos' 1-0 victory in front of 95,000 fans in Melbourne in 2006.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, who was born in Greece and moved to Australia as a child, said on Tuesday that the match in Sydney and another, likely in Melbourne on June 7, would be an important warm-up for the next round of...