Monday, December 17, 2012

Greeks bearing kicks

When football teams need sponsors in Greece they don't discriminate, they'll take the money at the beginning and at the end of life.  First in Larissa, there's the brothel;

The team's coach, Yiannis Batziolas says there is nothing to be ashamed of, and that the game is full of far shadier sponsors.
"When you see that, in professional football, betting companies and alcohol are advertised, I think that's far more immoral," he says.
...."And I'm proud of the woman who owns this brothel, proud that she helps our dreams of playing football come true."
Next door in Trikala, it's the funeral home;
The funeral business is a tiny little shop in the centre of the city, piled high with artificial flowers and Orthodox Christian icons.
The young undertaker, Christos Panagiotou, says the idea of sponsorship came up over late-night drinks with friends from the team.
"At first the players thought it was a joke, but now they've got used to it," he says.
Let the games begin.

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