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The Greece Players association, PSAP, and former European champions contributed to the first 'Tournament of Football Academies Against Poverty and Hunger' in Greece.

F.C. Panserraikos, a third division club from Serres, hosted the first football tournament with the aim of fighting poverty and hunger. Under the watchful eye of former European Champion Antonis Nikopolidis, 38 teams with children born from 2002-2008 participated in the tournament. The goal of the tournament was to collect goods and money for the relief of financially vulnerable Greeks.

The Greek players association PSAP provided goods, donated shirts of European Championship winners Angelos Basinas and Antonis Nikopolidis and also made a financial contribution. Stamatis Sirigos (PSAP treasurer) stated: "We will always respond with great pleasure to such initiatives to support people who really need our help".

"The level of the tournament was high, and the participation of so many children gives everyone hope. You could see the satisfaction and joy on the children's faces".

"More actions and efforts will follow to support the poor population in Greece".

This tournament follows the example of the 'Match Against Poverty', organised every year since 2003. The match is the initiative of football legends and United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassadors Zinédine Zidane and Ronaldo, to raise awareness and mobilise public opinion for the Millennium Development Goals.

The Greek tournament will be conducted in the future, a week after the international 'Match Against Poverty'. 

Match Against Poverty

Antonis Nikopolidis, Stamatis Sirigos and Georgios Tsifoytis.



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