"Great execution" "Incredible"; Greek media buzzing with Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis

By David Walton

June 13, 2022

As we all know by now, Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis rattled home what can only be described as a top class header for Greece last night.

The effort marked his first goal for his country since a debut effort against Cyprus back in 2020. It was his first under new manager Gus Poyet, with the Uruguayan placing plenty of faith in Giorgos this summer.

The 2-0 victory over Kosovo last night in which Giakoumakis’ header opened the scoring, ensured that Greece made it 4 consecutive victories under the new boss in Nations League action. And for those who need a refresher, here’s another look at the stunning effort:

It’s a moment he’ll have felt his international career needed despite recent good performances. And it appears that media outlets in Greece were also left wowed by it too.

Popular sports website SDNA gave Giakoumakis a 9/10 for his performance, stating: “He entered in the 58th minute for Pavlidis and in the 64th minute he almost justified Poyet for his choice with the cross of Bacaceta. He did not do it at that point, but he did seven minutes later. Amazing jump and great execution with the head from the cross of Mandalos for 1-0. “

Sport 24, meanwhile, compared the goal to a famous World Cup qualifying effort from the 90s: “The goal scored by Giorgos Giakoumakis evoked memories in the Greek fans, as it was very reminiscent of the goal scored by Nikos Mahlas against Russia in OAKA in 1993 and sent us to the 1994 World Cup.”

Greek media laud Giorgos Giakoumakis as Celtic striker steps up big-time

Finally, Gazzetta included Giakoumakis in the section of their match report highlighting the pros of the performance. They claimed that the Celtic man was “amongst the standouts for his execution prowess.”

The player himself has already outlined just how important last night was to him. He believed that he needed that one given the hard work he had been putting in during the international camp [Gazzetta].

And he’s spot on. After all, strike rival Vangelis Pavlidis netted in the previous game against Cyprus. We can talk about all-round performances all day long, but when it comes to centre-forwards, their displays are only truly noted if they get on the scoresheet.

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It’s a heck of a start for Poyet in his new role and his faith in Giakoumakis has generally been repaid over the last couple of weeks. Now, the Celtic star can rest up and look forward to pre-season at the end of the month with plenty of confidence to his name.

It remains to be seen if Giakoumakis and the rest of the Celtic players on international duty are given an extended break. History tells us that will likely be the case, but a return date hasn’t been confirmed by the club.

In any case, we’ll be expecting big things from the big Greek next year. And he’ll be hoping to thrive at domestic, European, and international level in 2022/23.

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