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Greek team turns to brothels as sponsors
espn ^ | 10-17-12

Posted on 10/17/2012 7:54:30 PM PDT by doug from upland

LARISSA, Greece -- world's oldest profession giving whole new meaning to love of the game.

Players on a cash-strapped Greek soccer team now wear pink practice jerseys with the logos "Villa Erotica" and "Soula's House of History," two bordellos it recruited as sponsors after drastic government spending cuts left the country's sports clubs facing ruin.

Other teams have also turned to unconventional financing. One has a deal with a local funeral home and others have wooed kebab shops, a jam factory and producers of Greece's trademark feta cheese.

But the amateur Voukefalas club -- whose players include pizza delivery guys, students, waiters and a bartender -- has raised eyebrows with its flamboyant sponsorship choice.

"Unfortunately, amateur football has been abandoned by almost everyone," said Yiannis Batziolas, the club's youthful chairman, who runs a travel agency and is the team's backup goalkeeper. "It's a question of survival."

Prostitution is legal in Greece, where brothels operate under strict guidelines. Though garish neon signs advertising their services are tolerated, the soccer sponsorship has ruffled some feathers in the sports-mad city of Larissa. League organizers have banned the pink jerseys during games, saying the deal violates "the sporting ideal" and is inappropriate for underage fans.

Batziolas acknowledges the sponsorship took his team by surprise. "They didn't believe it in the beginning," he said. "But when they saw the shirts printed, they thought it was funny."

Near-bankrupt Greece is struggling to meet creditors' relentless demands to slash spending and keep the euro as its currency. As Greece heads toward a sixth year of recession, drastic budget cuts have hammered many ordinary people: Retirees have been left to cover their own medical expenses, children have lost school bus services, and sports teams have scrambled to find sponsors as businesses close under the burden of emergency taxes.

(Excerpt) Read more at soccernet.espn.go.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: bailout; greece; soccer
Imagine that. Businesses close under the burden of emergency taxes. Is Obama watching?
1 posted on 10/17/2012 7:54:39 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland

Three cheers for the free market! Jobs saved....in Greece, anyway....


2 posted on 10/17/2012 7:56:17 PM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: All

When will the Sinkmeister be heading to Greece?


3 posted on 10/17/2012 7:59:09 PM PDT by doug from upland (I don't like RINOs, but I love my country more than I hate Romney...Muslim marxist, get out!)
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To: doug from upland

I’d never play those guys. The referees would all be smiling.


4 posted on 10/17/2012 8:03:54 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: doug from upland
Prostitution is legal in Greece...

How are they broke then?

5 posted on 10/17/2012 8:05:29 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: doug from upland

Larissa, Greece. What a dull place! I got stuck there with my older son once. We ended up taking a taxi to Kalampaka rather than waiting for a bus — the nitwitted clerk who sold tickets for cross-country buses in Delphi neglected to mention a six-hour layover in Larissa when he quoted travel time from Delphi to Kalampaka.


6 posted on 10/17/2012 8:09:43 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Vince Ferrer

In Greece, tax evasion (not football, a.k.a. soccer) is the national pastime — I suspect the Greek penchant for tax evasion started when the taxes being evaded was the Ottoman jizya and the paidomazoma (paid in children, not money), and hasn’t changed since.


7 posted on 10/17/2012 8:20:01 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: doug from upland

Brothel-run politicians?

I thought that was sort of a universal constant...


8 posted on 10/17/2012 8:22:59 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: doug from upland

9 posted on 10/17/2012 8:25:42 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: doug from upland
Players on a cash-strapped Greek soccer team now wear pink practice jerseys with the logos "Villa Erotica" and "Soula's House of History," two bordellos it recruited as sponsors after drastic government spending cuts left the country's sports clubs facing ruin.

So that's why their customers shout, 'GOOOALLL!!'

10 posted on 10/17/2012 8:26:24 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: doug from upland

“saying the deal violates “the sporting ideal””

I beg to differ, the deal PROMOTES the sporting ideal - the houses are exactly what sporting is all about.


11 posted on 10/17/2012 8:36:09 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: doug from upland

“House of history” brothel?

Must cater to the bookworm demographic.


12 posted on 10/17/2012 8:38:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: GilesB

They have to pay to score?

No wonder soccer is so boring.


13 posted on 10/17/2012 8:42:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: doug from upland

I bet that hookers have been part of the athletic training table since long before Babe Ruth.


14 posted on 10/17/2012 8:43:36 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: BenLurkin
“House of history” brothel?

Must cater to the bookworm demographic.

Or they have much "more mature" hookers.

15 posted on 10/17/2012 9:01:47 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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16 posted on 10/17/2012 9:07:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: blueunicorn6

Is there any truth to the rumor that YOU KNOW WHO joined one of the Greek teams hoping to score all day long?


17 posted on 10/17/2012 9:11:47 PM PDT by dglang
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To: BenLurkin
“House of history” brothel?

Must cater to the bookworm demographic.

Could be but my theory is it involves togas somehow...


18 posted on 10/17/2012 9:27:18 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: doug from upland

Something about the proximity of prostitution and feta cheese in the story got me....


19 posted on 10/18/2012 12:38:45 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Hardraade

..and I thought they were synonyms.


20 posted on 10/18/2012 12:42:14 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: doug from upland

Ya got to go where the money is!


21 posted on 10/18/2012 5:22:13 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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